Social Psychology Faculty

Stephen J. Read
(Ph.D., 1981, University of Texas)
Professor and Area Head
Computational models of personality and social reasoning. Legal and everyday decision making. Cognitive processes in social behavior, social explanations, goal-based processes in interpersonal relations and decision making, connectionist models of social reasoning. Using interactive media in changing risky health behaviors and in education.

Morteza Dehghani
(Ph.D., 2009, Northwestern University)
Assistant Professor of Psychology and Computer Science
Social media analysis with direct applications to moral decision-making, group dynamics and culture. Role of sacred values in intergroup conflict and negotiation. Computational cognitive modeling. Counterfactual reasoning.

Jesse Graham
(Ph.D., 2010, University of Virginia)
Assistant Professor
Effects of ideology on moral concerns and processes of moral decision-making. Implicit social cognition. Religiosity and group-level morality. Cultural and individual differences in attitudes and values.

John Monterosso
(Ph.D., 1998, University of Pennsylvania)
Associate Professor
Self-regulation both within and outside the context of addiction. Application of neurocognitive approaches to decision-making. Attribution of moral responsibility.

Daphna Oyserman
(Ph.D., 1987, University of Michigan)
Dean's Professor of Psychology, Professor of Education and Communication
How small changes in context can change people’s mindsets, with large consequences for cognition, motivation, and behavior. The dynamic construction of identity and its implications for cultural differences, academic performance, health behavior, and the design of interventions.

Norbert Schwarz
(Dr. phil., 1980, Universität Mannheim, Germany)
Provost Professor of Psychology and Marketing
How people make sense of the world in which they live, with an emphasis on the situated and embodied nature of judgment and decision-making and the interplay of feeling and thinking. Implications of a social cognition perspective for public opinion, consumer behavior, well-being research, and social science measurement.

Arthur A. Stone
(Ph.D., 1978, Stony Brook University)
Behavioral medicine; subjective wellbeing; patient reported outcomes (such as pain, fatigue, specific symptom); real-time assessment methods (ecological momentary assessment, day reconstruction method, daily diaries); issues in self-report measures; aging.

Wendy Wood
(Ph.D., 1980, University of Massachusetts)
Provost’s Professor of Psychology and Business.
Habits and intentions as guides to behavior. Gender differences in social behavior. Ideology and intergroup relations. Social influence.


Affiliated Faculty

Peter J. Carnevale
(Ph.D., 1982, SUNY, Buffalo)
Professor of Management and Organization and Psychology
Behavioral Decision Theory; Dispute Resolution; Judgment and Decision Making; Organizational Behavior.

Jonathan Gratch
(Ph.D., 1995, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Research Professor of Computer Science and Psychology
Affective computing including computational models of human cognitive and social processes, especially emotion; Automated emotion recognition and synthesis; Virtual humans and human-computer interaction.

Karen Hennigan
(Ph.D., 1977, Northwestern University)
Assistant Professor (research) of Psychology
Social identity as a mediator of gang involvement or gang avoidance. Predicting risk of gang involvement. Gang prevention strategies. Empirically-based approaches to juvenile justice prevention and intervention.

Andrea B. Hollingshead
(Ph.D., 1993, University of Illinois)
Professor of Communication, Management and Organization, and Psychology
Group decision making, online communities and social media, crowd sourcing, social influence, creativity.

Lynn Carol Miller
(Ph.D., 1982, University of Texas)
Professor of Communication and Psychology
Negotiating safer sex, particularly in minority populations, intimacy and responsiveness in close relationships, marital communication, and computer simulations of personality. Using interactive media in changing risky health behaviors and in education.

Joseph Priester
(Ph.D., 1994, Ohio State University)
Associate Professor of Marketing and Psychology
The nature of evaluative processes and their influences on thoughts, feelings, and behavior. Attitudes and attitude strength, attitudinal ambivalence, and attachment. Consumer psychology.

Dan Simon
(S.J.D., 1997, Harvard University)
Professor of Law and Psychology
Decision making, reasoning, social cognition, constraint satisfaction mechanisms, legal psychology.

Scott Wiltermuth
(Ph.D., 2009, Stanford University)
Assistant Professor
How socio-environmental factors affect people’s reactions to unethical behavior and their likelihood of behaving unethically themselves. How interpersonal dynamics, such as synchrony and dominance, affect people’s willingness to cooperate with others.
  • Department of Psychology
  • University of Southern California
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