Dawn M. Sweet

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Dept: Psychology
Office:W153 Lagomarcino
Phone:515-294-6370
Website:https://blfe.psych.iastate.edu/
Expertise: nonverbal communication; suspicious behavior; pre-incidenent incident indicators of violence and aggression; de-escalation; mental health/depression; nonverbal communication and healthcare
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“Our students gain a more robust understanding of social interaction and how to strategically and effectively interact with others to achieve a positive outcome.”
Courses Taught
CmSt325 Nonverbal Communication
CmSt 203 Introduction to Research Methods
CmSt 404 Senior Research Practicum
CmSt450 Special Topics (Nonverbal Communication)
Degrees
PhD Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey – Communication
MA The College of New Jersey
BA Kean College of New Jersey
Recent Publications
Under Review

• Sweet, D.M., Vogel, D.L., Bitman, R., & Pazian, M. An analysis of nonverbal behavior in a non-clinical population: Gesture production in mildly depressed and non-depressed college students during a screening interview (Health Communication, under review)
• Sweet, D.M., & Kroeger, K. Modeling suspicious behavior in crowds: A preliminary model of nonverbal cues associated with malintent in a crowd setting (under review)
• Sweet, D.M., Kroeger, K., & Geiselman, R.E. Detecting threat: Nonverbal cues associated with suspicious behavior in crowds during attempts to conceal an unstable device (under)

Manuscripts in Preparation
• Sweet, D.M., & Kogi, S. Gesture production during accounts of lived experiences and fabricated accounts (in preparation)
• Sweet, D.M., & Geiselman, R.E. Gestures and language as indicators of truthful accounts of self-experience (in preparation)
• Sweet, D.M., & Jacobs, C.J. Attention and emotional awareness in emotionally charged high-risk/high-consequence situations (invited book chapter, FEAR: Forensic Emotion Awareness – Realtime; University of Lancanshire) (in preparation)
• Sweet, D.M., & Jacobs, C.J. Street-level threat assessment protocol (invited book chapter, FEAR: Forensic Emotion Awareness – Realtime; University of Lancanshire) (in preparation)
• Pazian, M., & Sweet, D.M. Behavioral control strategies for facial affect: Is it possible? protocol (invited book chapter, FEAR: Forensic Emotion Awareness – Realtime; University of Lancanshire) (in preparation)

Embargoed Publications
• Sweet, D.M. (2009). Nonverbal cues to deception (Embargoed).
• Sweet, D.M., & Pazian, M.P. (2009). The Body Action Coding System (BACS): A methodological approach for assessing hostile intent (Embargoed)
• Sweet, et al. (2009). Is it what you say? Detecting deception in responses to speculative questions. (Embargoed).
• Sweet, D.M. et al. (2008). Posture and deception (Embargoed)

White Papers
• Sweet, D.M., & Jacobs, C.J. (2013). Assessing Threat in High-Risk/High-Consequence Situations, prepared for Department of Homeland Security (vetting for full proposal)
• Sweet, D.M., & Kroeger, K. (2013). Parsing Intention in Crowds, prepared for the Department of Homeland Security (proposal stage)
• Sweet, D.M., Morris, A., & Vogel, D.L. (2012). Identifying Patterns of Behavior: Recognizing Intention through Visible Behavior in High-Risk/High-Consequence Environments (prepared for Iowa State Proof of Concept Presidential Initiative, invited for full proposal)
• Sweet, D.M., & Vogel, D.L. (2012). Mitigating errors in depression screening and diagnosis: Facial affect, body language, and language as communicative markers for depression (prepared for Iowa State Proof of Concept Presidential Initiative, not invited for full proposal)
• Sweet, D.M., & Morris, A. (2012). Body language as cues to aggressive behavior (prepared for IARPA)
• Sweet, D.M. (2011). Identifying patterns of behavior: Recognizing intention through visible behavior in high-risk/high consequence environments. (prepared for DARPA)
• Sweet, D.M., & Pazian, M. (2011). Hostile intent: identifying behavioral patterns of threat. (prepared for TSA)
• Sweet, D.M. (2009). Identifying behaviors linked to explosive threat emplacement. (Prepared for Naval Research Laboratory)
Current Research
My research focuses on how emotional states impact our behavior and subsequent interactions with others. I am currently investigating nonverbal cues thought to be associated with suspicious behavior in crowds / public settings. I am also studying pre-incident indicators of violence and aggression in emotionally charged high-risk/high-consequence situations and the role of communication in de-escalating potentially violent situations. Of particular interest are the nonverbal indicators of violence, individual’s situational awareness and what we are attending to in our immediate environment, and how we use this information to inform decisions about our actions. I have worked on research projects funded by Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), Department of Homeland Security, National Science Foundation, the Naval Research Laboratory and recently was awarded a public safety grant from the Motorola Solutions Foundation to extend my work on suspicious behavior in crowds and pre-incident indicators of violence and aggression. Dr. Sweet currently sits on a board of behavioral experts and consults for the Department of Homeland Security. Dr. Sweet also conducts communication and behavior-based training for law enforcement and the military.

Current Research Support
Motorola Solutions Foundation. Project titled:
Completed Research Support
• Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) Project titled: Integrating machine learning and knowledge representation for discovery of social goals of groups and group members from their language usage. Role: Co-PI. (Award: $1,420,173)
• Naval Research Laboratory Jan 2009 – March 2010
Goals: The goal of this research was to develop a conceptual and theoretical framework for frame by frame coding actions located in the body that are presumably linked with deception. (AWARD: $100,000)