The graduate program in Social-Personality Psychology at the University of Illinois is one of the oldest and most respected in the country. More research conducted at University of Illinois labs has appeared in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology than from any other university in the world (Quinones-Vidal et al., 2004, p. 436). The program provides intensive training in research methods, statistical analysis, and a wide array of theoretical perspectives sharing the theme of the cognitive and emotional basis of social interaction.
Social psychology emphasizes the power of the social situation as a determinant of individual behavior, thinking, and emotion. Personality psychology emphasizes characteristics of the individual that are stable over time but which also determine the individual's behavior, thinking, and emotion. The social-personality program provides particular emphasis on attitudes, culture, emotion, attachment, close relationships, personality development and assessment, genetic and environmental etiology of individual differences, social cognition, social status and power, religion, and subjective well-being.
Students may specialize in social psychology, personality psychology, or both. Students also may take advantage of related courses offered in Industrial-Organizational psychology. The program is designed to train students to become contributing scientists in academic or applied settings and to become teachers at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Over the course of the program, students and advisor work together to design a program of study fitted to the student's particular needs and interests. The program places a heavy emphasis on original research from the beginning of graduate studies, and all students complete a first-year research project which they then present in the weekly brown bag seminar for the social-personality program.
Facilities and Resources
Students have access to state-of-the-art research facilities. Laboratories are run by individual faculty members, and include small cubicles for individual computer testing, small conference rooms for group interaction, and large rooms for mass questionnaire testing.
Affiliated Departments, Programs, and Institutes
The social-personality program is closely aligned with the program in Industrial-Organizational psychology. In addition, faculty with training in social and personality psychology are to be found in other departments across the university, specializing in advertising, communications, marketing, and organizational behavior.
Social-Personality Psychology Faculty
Dolores Albarracin, Professor
Dr. Albarracin specializes in attitudes and persuasion, the intention-behavior relation, goals, predicting general activity patterns, predicting and changing health risk behaviors, and reviewing the effects of behavioral and clinical treatments in various settings (e.g., through meta-analaysis and clinical trials).
Office: Room 423 | (217) 244-7019 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Daniel Briley, Assistant Professor
How individuals’ unique genetic dispositions dynamically shape and interact with their environments to influence personality and cognitive ability, and how these characteristics in turn affect meaningful life outcomes, including academic achievement, fertility, and social mobility.
Office: Room 417 | (217) 265-6807 | email@example.com
Joey Cheng, Assistant Professor
Dr. Cheng’s research examines the psychological underpinnings of social hierarchy, overconfidence, and competition. She explores questions such as: How do people rise to influence in groups? What vocal signals do people use to communicate status? What causes people to become overconfident? What are the social costs and benefits to being competitive?
Office: Room 415 | (217) 265-6805 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Dov Cohen, Professor
Cultural continuity and change, including culture and different perspectives on the self, cultural syndromes of honor, dignity, and face; language use; the interactions of people, culture, and situations.
Office: Room 413 | (217) 244-5830 | email@example.com
Jaime Derringer, Assistant Professor
I am interested in how genetic and environmental influences explain individual differences in human behavior
Office: Room 418 | (217) 333-0631 | firstname.lastname@example.org
R. Chris Fraley, Professor
Attachment theory and close relationships; personality development and organization; social cognition and affect; evolutionary psychology.
Office: Room 409 | (217) 333-3486 | email@example.com
Sean Laurent, Assistant Professor
My research interests include social and moral cognition, blame and praise, intentionality, causality, and mental states, perspective taking and empathy, and psychology and the law.
Office: Room 235 | (217) 300-4720 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrea Miller, Visiting Assistant Professor
Dr. Miller’s research examines the social-psychological foundations of prejudice, discrimination, and inequality, particularly as they interact with the law.
Office: Room 414 | (217) 300-4703 | email@example.com
Brent W. Roberts, Professor
Dr. Roberts's primary line of research is dedicated to understanding the patterns of continuity and change in personality across the decades of adulthood and the mechanisms that affect these patterns.
Office: Room 411 | (217) 333-2644 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Chadly Stern, Assistant Professor
Dr. Stern's research examines how the motivations of liberals and conservatives influence their perceptions of the social world, and how these perceptions can shape large-scale outcomes.
Office: Room 433 | (217) 300-4639 | email@example.com
Ed Diener, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Psychology (Emeritus)
Subjective well-being and life satisfaction; measuring well-being; cross-cultural differences in subjective well-being; personality and well-being.
Office: Room 415 | (217) 333-4804 | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Psychology Department is very pleased to announce that an all-gender, ADA accessible, family-friendly restroom has been built on the first floor next to the elevators. The department partnered with F&S to construct this new restroom, which is now available to use. Please note that there is an indicator on the door showing whether the restroom is available or in use. Be sure to lock the door while using the restroom, and unlock the door before leaving.