Fred Danner
Professor of Educational Psychology

Professional Profile

Professor in Dept. of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology.  Areas of research interest include cognitive development, adolescence, motivation, health psychology, the relationship between fitness and intellectual performance, positive emotions and health, and the effects of sleep deprivation on learning and behavior. Dr. Danner teaches courses in cognitive development, life span human development, learning, educational psychology, and how to work with large national data sets.


Post-Doc   Children’s Learning, Learning Research & Development Center
                  University of Pittsburgh, 1974-1976
Ph.D.         Developmental Psychology, Institute of Child Development        
                  University of Minnesota, 1974
B.A.           Psychology, University of Wisconsin, 1970

Additional Information


1974 -1976  Post-Doctoral Fellow at Learning Research & Development
                    Center, University of Pittsburgh
1976 -1978      Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology,
                        University of Wisconsin
1978 -1980      Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology,
                        University of Kentucky
1980 -1992      Associate Professor of Educational Psychology,
                        University of Kentucky
1981- 1989     Chair, Dept. of Educational, School, & Counseling
                        Psychology, University of Kentucky
1992-present  Professor of Educational, School, & Psychology, 
                       University of Kentucky
1997-2000      Chair, Dept. of Educational, School, & Counseling
                       Psychology, University of Kentucky
2008-2012     Chair, Dept. of Educational, School, & Counseling
                       Psychology, University of Kentucky

Recent Representative Publications

Denton, F. N., Rostosky, S., & Danner, F. (2014). Stigma-related stressors, coping self-efficacy, and physical health in lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 61(3), 383–391.

Cardom, R., Rostosky, S., & Danner, F. (2013). Does “it get better” for depressed sexual minority youth in young adulthood? Journal of Adolescent Health, 53, 671-673.

Danner, F., & Toland, M. (2012). The interactive role of socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, and birth weight on trajectories of body mass index growth in children and adolescents. The Journal of Early Adolescence, 33(3), 293-314.

DiClemente, R., Sales, J., Danner, F., & Crosby, R. (2011). Association between sexually transmitted diseases and young adults’ self-reported abstinence. Pediatrics, 127(2), 208-213.

Rostosky, S.S., Danner, F., & Riggle, E.D.B. (2010). Religiosity as a protective factor against heavy episodic drinking in heterosexual, bisexual, gay and lesbian young adults. Journal of Homosexuality, 57(8).

Danner, F. (2008). A national longitudinal study of the association between hours of TV viewing and the trajectory of BMI growth among U.S. children. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 34, 1-8.

Danner, F. & Phillips, B. (2008). Adolescent sleep, school start times, and teen motor vehicle crashes. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, 4, 533-535.

Anderman, E. & Danner, F. (2008). Achievement goals and academic cheating. International Review of Social Psychology, 21, 155-180.

Crosby, R. & Danner, F. (2008). Adolescents’ sexually transmitted disease protective attitudes predict sexually transmitted disease acquisition in early adulthood. Journal of School Health, 78(6), 310-313.

Miller, K., Danner, F., & Staten, R. (2008). Relationship of work hours to selected health behaviors and academic progress among a college student cohort. Journal of American College Health, 56(6), 675-679.

Steuber, T., & Danner, F. (2006). Adolescent smoking and depression: Which comes first? Addictive Behaviors, 31(1), 133-136.