University of Florida | Department of Psychology



The social psychology area has four full-time faculty. The research interests of these faculty are diverse and provide a spectrum of opportunities for students, ranging from experiences in theory-driven basic research to problem-driven applied research. The program enjoys intradisciplinary and interdisciplinary ties to other units in the psychology department (e.g., developmental, counseling) and on campus (e.g., marketing, advertising, criminology, law, dentistry). Students often seek out course work and research experiences in such complementary units to enhance their backgrounds in their chosen specialties.

Kate Ratliff (Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2009). The effect of unintentional processes on thoughts, feelings, and behavior; impression formation, implicit attitudes.

James A. Shepperd (Ph.D., University of Missouri, 1988). Managing threatening information; identity regulation and health; biases in self and social judgments and the implications for health.

Colin Smith (Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2009). Implicit social cognition: changes in and consequences of implicit evaluations; Political psychology: predicting voting behavior; person by situation interactions based on political orientation.

Gregory Webster Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder, 2006). Prosocial and aggressive behavior, self-esteem, judgment and decision making, methods and data modeling, dynamic systems, evolutionary psychology, social networks, and the psychology of science.

Emeritus Faculty

Barry R. Schlenker (Ph.D., State University of New York at Albany, 1972). Impression management and self-presentation; self and identity; personal responsibility; the psychology of accountability; social anxiety; interpersonal influence.

Lawrence J. Severy (Ph.D., University of Colorado, 1970). Reproductive health; couple contraceptive decision-making; program acceptability and evaluation.

Robert Ziller (Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1956). Groups; self-concept; non-prejudice.

Affiliate Faculty

Michael F. Weigold (Ph.D., University of Florida, 1989). Advertising; impression management; negative political campaigning; accountability; risk taking. Primary affiliation: Department of Advertising, College of Journalism and Communications.


Graduate Students

Recent Graduates

Terry, Meredith (2006), Behavioral Scientist, MicroMass Communications, Raleigh, NC

Johnson, Ryan (2008) Institutional Research Associate Loyola Marymount University

Miller, Marisa (2008), Research Psychologist, U.S. Army Research Institute for Behavioral and Social Sciences

Sweeny, Kate (2008), Associate Professor, University of California, Riverside

Li, Hong (2008), Research Scientist, Battelle Memorial Institute, Los Angeles, CA

Hart, Will (2009) Assistant Professor, University of Alabama

Melnyk, Darya (2009) Researcher, Google, Mountain View, CA

Miller, Wendi (2010) Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL

Nichols, Austin (2010), Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Central Florida

Richards, David (2010), Research Analyst, Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute at United Negro College Fund, Washington DC

Cook, Corey (2012), Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Washington, Tacoma, WA

Novell, Corinne (2012), Assistant Professor, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Orozco Schember, Tatiana (2013), Research Scientist, Malcom Randall Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Gainesville, FL

Collisson, Brian (2013), Assistant Professor, Marian University, Indianapolis, IN

Crosier, Ben (2014), Research Scientist, IDEO, San Francisco, CA

Crysel, Laura (2014), Assistant Professor, Stetson University, DeLand, FL

Gesselman, Amanda (2014), Anita Aldrich Endowed Research Scientist, Kinsey Institute, Bloomington, IL

Howell, Jenny (2015), Assistant Professor, University of California, Merced, CA

Newell, Steve (2015), James Marshall Public Policy Postdoctoral Fellow, American Assoc for Advancement of Science, Washington DC

Klein, Richard (2017), Postdoctoral Fellow, Université Grenoble Alpes

Recent Postdoctoral Trainees

Franziska Weymar, Ph.D., Ernst Moritz Arndt Universitat Grefswald, Germany

Wendi Miller, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL

Colin Smith, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Florida

Amber Emanuel, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Florida