Dr. Kathleen Bogart
Kathleen Bogart, Ph.D.
School of Psychological Science
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331-5303
Dr. Bogart is accepting undergraduate research assistants and graduate students for her Disability and Social Interaction Lab (DSIL). Please contact her regarding these opportunities to gain valuable research experience.
- Psychosocial consequences of facial movement disorders (e.g. facial paralysis, Parkinson’s disease)
- Social functioning interventions for individuals with facial movement disorders
- Adaptation to disability
Dr. Bogart studies the psychological and social implications of facial paralysis and facial movement disorders. One of the most significant consequences of facial paralysis is a face that is inexpressive of one's emotions and unresponsive during social interaction. There is much evidence to suggest that certain basic facial expressions are universally recognized and displayed across all cultures. This means that people with facial paralysis or facial movement disorders are unable to participate in what is perhaps one of the only universal languages.
Approximately 130,000 Americans develop or are born with facial paralysis each year. There are many conditions that cause facial paralysis, such as Moebius syndrome, Bell’s palsy, Ramsay Hunt syndrome, Lyme disease, stroke, sarcidosis, acoustic neuroma, and facial nerve damage from surgery or trauma. Additionally, other conditions can cause facial movement problems, such as Parkinson’s disease, muscular dystrophy, muscular sclerosis, facial burns, and hemifacial microsomia, Although facial paralysis is a relatively common occurrence, there have been very few studies on the psychological and social effects of facial paralysis.
Dr. Bogart’s research on the psychosocial consequences of facial movement disorders not only highlights the importance of facial expression in emotion, empathy, communication, and interaction, but, crucially, reveals the role of body and vocal expression in these areas. Her research program is threefold: she examines how people with facial movement disorders adapt to their conditions, the way that other people interpret their behavior, and ways to facilitate effective and positive interaction between people with and without facial movement disorders.
More broadly, she studies the way people adapt to disability and the differences in adaptation among people with congenital and acquired disabilities.
Ph.D., Psychology, Tufts University, May 2012
M.A., Psychology, San Francisco State University, May 2008
B.S., Psychology and English, Louisiana State University, May 2004
In the Media
Big Picture Science on National Public Radio: http://radio.seti.org/episodes/Second_That_Emotion
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10269/1090412-51.stm
New York Times Science Times cover story: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/06/health/06mind.html?ref=science
Science Times Podcast, Interview: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/06/health/06mind.html?ref=science
Bogart, K. R., Cole, J., & Briegel, W., (in press). On the consequences of living without facial expression. Chapter to appear in C. Muller, E. Fricke, A. Cienki, D. McNeil (Eds.), Handbook of Body – Language - Communication. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
Bogart, K. R., Tickle-Degnen, L., & Ambady, N. (2012). Compensatory expressive behavior for facial paralysis: Adaptation to congenital or acquired disability. Rehabilitation Psychology. 57(1), 43-51.
Bogart, K. R., Tickle-Degnen, L., & Joffe, M. (2012). Social interaction experiences of adults with Moebius syndrome: A focus group. Journal of Health Psychology. Advance online publication.
Bogart, K. R. (2011). Is apathy a valid and meaningful symptom or syndrome in Parkinson's disease? A critical review. Health Psychology, 30(4), 386-400.
Bogart, K. R. & Matsumoto, D. (2010). Facial mimicry is not necessary to recognize emotion: Facial expression recognition by people with Moebius syndrome. Social Neuroscience, 5(2), 241-251.
Bogart, K. R. & Matsumoto, D. (2010).Living with Moebius syndrome: Adjustment, social competence, and satisfaction with life. Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal, 47(2), 134-142.