Image of Mel Jaffa
  • Position: Experimental Faculty
  • Department: Psychology
  • Campus Address: Sloan Hall 201, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
  • Email:


Dr. Jaffa received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Columbia University in 1969. He had previously held appointments at the New School for Social Research and Adelphi University. He joined the faculty at Central Michigan University in 1973.

Research Interest:

Dr. Jaffa’s research is in the following areas: Attitudes, interpersonal behavior, emotionality and arousal, personality, eating behavior; and cigarette smoking.

Recent Research:

Jaffa, M., Kruger, D.J., & Fitzgerald, C., “Women and men use eye-closing to solicit romantic overtures”, Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, (2013).

Jaffa, M., Patterson, C.S., Brooks, A., & Goodcase, E., Association for Psychological Science, “Facial expressions affect leg force”, Chicago, (2012).

Otani, H., Jaffa, M., Libkuman, T. M., Goernert, P. N., & Kato, K. (2012). Does source memory impairment associated with emotionally arousing stimuli occur at encoding or retrieval?. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 24(7), 796-806.