Dolores Albarracín, Ph.D.
- Alexandra Heyman Nash University Professor
- Director, Social Action Lab
- Director, Science of Science Communication Division, Annenberg Public Policy Center
Dolores Albarracín studies the impact of communication and persuasion on human behavior and the formation of beliefs, attitudes, and goals, particularly those that are socially beneficial. In addition to an interest in basic attitudinal processes, she is interested in finding ways of intervening to promote positive social interactions and public policies.
Dolores Albarracín is a Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor and a renowned scholar in the fields of attitudes, communication, and behavior. Albarracín was born in Argentina, received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in 1997, and was previously a tenured professor at the University of Florida and at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Albarracín has published close to 200 journal articles and book chapters in leading scientific outlets, including the leading outlets of psychology, health, and science, and has had an important impact on national health communication policy. Her research is an unusual combination of basic and applied psychology.
Albarracín was the 2018 inaugural recipient of the Award for Outstanding Scientific Contributions to Research on Attitudes and Social Influence and the 2020 Diener Award to Outstanding Mid-Career Contributions in Social Psychology from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. She is also the 2019 recipient of the Avant-Garde Award, National Institute of Drug Abuse, which supports individual scientists of exceptional creativity who propose high-impact, bold basic research that will open new areas of HIV/AIDS research and/or lead to new avenues for prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS among people who use drugs. She has been elected President of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology and is a fellow of the Society for Experimental Social Psychology, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Society for Health Psychology. She was Editor-in-chief of Psychological Bulletin between 2014 and 2020.
Albarracín is the author of six books, including The Handbook of Attitudes (Routledge, 2018). Her 2021 book published by Cambridge University Press integrates her theoretical and applied contributions and is titled Action and Inaction in a Social World: Prediction and Change of Attitudes and Behaviors. Her upcoming book is titled Creating Conspiracy Beliefs: How about Thoughts are Formed (Cambridge University Press). Her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation and, according to Google Scholar, has been cited over 20,000 times.
- Licenciada en Psicologia, Universidad Catolica de La Plata, 1988
- Professor en Letras, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, 1990
- M.S., University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 1997
- Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 1997
Creating Conspiracy Beliefs: How Our Thoughts Are Shaped. Cambridge University Press, forthcoming.
Action and Inaction in a Social World: Predicting and Changing Attitudes and Behavior. Cambridge University Press, 2021.
The Handbook of Attitudes, Volume 1: Basic Principles. Second Edition. Routledge, 2018.
The Handbook of Attitudes, Volume 2: Applications. Second Edition. Routledge, 2019.
“Estimating the Influence of Twitter on Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Use and HIV Testing as a Function of Rates of Men Who Have Sex with Men in the United States.” AIDS, forthcoming.
“Concerns for Others Increase the Likelihood of Vaccination against Influenza and COVID-19 More in Sparsely rather than Densely Populated Areas.” PNAS, 2020.
“Mistaking an Intention for a Behavior: The Case of Enacting Behavioral Decisions versus Simply Intending to Enact Them.” Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 2020.
“The Modulating Role of Self-Posed Questions in Repeated Choice: Integral and Incidental Questions Can Increase or Decrease Behavioral Rigidity.” Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 2019.
“Acting by a Deadline: The Interplay between Deadline Distance and Movement Induced Goals.” Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 2019.
“The Social Creation of Action and Inaction: From Concepts to Goals to Behaviors.” Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, 2019.
“Attitudes and Attitude Change.” Annual Review of Psychology, 2018.
- COMM 5770 (formerly 577) Attitude and Behavior Prediction
- COMM 2760 How We Change: Social-Psychological and Communication Dynamics (SNF Paideia Program Course)
What Statistics are Most Likely to Promote Positive Actions During a Pandemic?
A new study from PIK Professor Dolores Albarracín and Research Associate Haesung Annie Jung finds that some COVID statistics are more effective than others at encouraging people to change their behavior.