Dolores Albarracín Named Editor of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology

The Alexandra Heyman Nash University Professor will begin editing the Attitudes and Social Cognition section on January 1, 2023.

by Hailey Reissman

The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology has recently appointed Annenberg School of Communication Professor Dolores Albarracín as its newest editor. Albarracín will begin her editorship on January 1, 2023.

Albarracín is the Alexandra Heyman Nash University Professor at the University of Pennsylvania as well as the Director of the Science of Science Communication Division at the Annenberg Public Policy Center and Director of the Social Action Lab at the Annenberg School for Communication. 

The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology is a landmark journal in the field of social psychology, established in 1965 by the American Psychological Association. This monthly, peer-reviewed journal publishes work from the field’s most prominent scholars, and poses important questions about the future of social psychology. 

The journal is divided into three independently edited sections: Attitudes and Social Cognition, Interpersonal Relations and Group Processes, and Personality Processes and Individual Differences.

Albarracín will edit one of the journal's three sections, Attitudes and Social Cognition, using her ample experience as a researcher and scholar to guide the journal. She herself has published six books as well as over 200 journal articles in leading scientific outlets, with her work being cited over 26,000 times by other scholars.  

When asked about her new role, Albarracín said she was honored by the appointment and preparing for the responsibility of editing one of the major journals in her field.

“Social psychology has undergone significant methodological changes during the last decade,” Albarracín says, “and we are ready to produce the next generation of innovative and socially impactful research on attitudes and the construction of social representations. I look forward to leading this new phase and to increasing the number of articles and the diversity of lengths of manuscripts.”