2019 SISPP Faculty



Paul Bloom (email) (website)

Paul Bloom headshotPaul Bloom is the Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Professor of Psychology at Yale University. His research explores how children and adults understand the physical and social world, with special focus on morality, religion, fiction, and art. He is the co-editor of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, and has written for scientific journals such as Nature and Science, and popular outlets such as The New York TimesThe GuardianThe New Yorker, and The Atlantic Monthly. He is the author or editor of seven books, including Just Babies and Against Empathy

Sapna Cheryan (email) (website)

Sapna Cheryan headshotDr. Sapna Cheryan is an associate professor of social psychology at the University of Washington. Her research investigates the role of cultural stereotypes in causing and perpetuating racial and gender disparities in U.S. society. In 2009, Dr. Cheryan received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award. In 2012-2013, she was a visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation in New York City, and in 2016-2017, was a Lenore and Wallis Annenberg Fellow in Communication at Stanford University’s CASBS. Dr. Cheryan currently serves on the Social Science Advisory Board of the National Center of Women in Information Technology and on Mattel’s Global Advisory Council.

Maureen Craig (email) (website)

Maureen Craig headshotMaureen Craig is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at New York University. Her work focuses on understanding social and political attitudes among members of different social groups (e.g., groups based on race, gender, sexuality), both among individuals belonging to traditionally-stigmatized groups and those belonging to societally-dominant groups (as well as individuals with both types of group identities). Her primary research interests are in how diversity, inequality, and discrimination shape individuals’ attitudes and relations with people from other social groups, basic social cognitive processes, policy preferences, and support for collective action.

Chris Dawes (email) (website)

Chris Dawes headshotChristopher Dawes is an Associate Professor in the Politics department at New York University. His research aims to identify and clarify the sources of individual differences in political preferences and behaviors. Often utilizing experimental methods, he aims in particular to understand better why some individuals participate in politics while others do not.  Professor Dawes’s work has appeared in journals such as the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, and Political Psychology

Jaap Denissen (email) (website)

Jaap Denissen headshotJaap Denissen completed his PhD in 2007, under the supervision of Jens Asendorpf (Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany). Since 2012, he works as full professor in Tilburg, where he is the chair of the development of developmental psychology. He was the elected early career representative of the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development and is the acting president of the European Association of Personality Psychology. Jaap Denissen conducts research on the interface between the fields of personality, social relationships, and development. His work aims to integrate methodological and theoretical perspectives, for example by incorporating motivational tendencies into models of personality.

Crystal Hall (email) (website)

Crystal Hall headshotCrystal Hall is an Associate Professor at the University of Washington's Evans School of Public Policy and Governance. She is an Academic Affiliate of the federal Office of Evaluation Sciences, and previously served as a Fellow on the White House Social and Behavioral Sciences Team. Her research explores decision making in the context of poverty, using the methods of social and cognitive psychology. She earned a BS in both Decision Science and Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University, and an MS and PhD in Psychology from Princeton University.

Eric Knowles (email) (website)

Eric Knowles headshotEric D. Knowles is an associate professor of psychology at New York University and an affiliate of NYU’s Center for Social and Political Behavior. Broadly, his work addresses the interplay between people’s politics, group identities, and intergroup attitudes. Dr. Knowles’ recent publications examine the dynamics and political potency of White identity, the psychology of social class, and social factors associated with Americans’ endorsement of nationalist politics and political candidates.

Alison Ledgerwood (email) (website)

Alison Ledgerwood headshotAlison Ledgerwood is a Professor of Psychology and Chancellor’s Fellow at UC Davis. Her research investigates how humans get stuck in particular ways of thinking and the psychological tools that enable them to get unstuck. Her methodological interests focus on developing and promoting methods and practices that can increase the informational value of psychological research. She was the Associate Editor from 2014-2017 for methodological submissions at Perspectives, she serves on the Advisory Council of AMPPS, and she founded and co-moderates PsychMAP, a large online discussion group for constructive conversations about methods and practices.

Neil Lewis (email) (website)

Neil Lewis headshotNeil Lewis, Jr. is an Assistant Professor Communication and Social Behavior at Cornell University with graduate faculty appointments in Communication and Psychology. He is also a Faculty Affiliate of the Cornell Center for Health Equity, Center for the Study of Inequality, and Roper Center for Public Opinion Research. His research focuses on how the interplay between social identity and social contexts shape motivation and goal pursuit processes. He uses this approach to understand and develop interventions to address social disparities, particularly disparities in education and health outcomes.

Azim Shariff (email)

Azim Shariff headshotAzim Shariff is an Associate Professor and Canada 150 Research Chair of Moral Psychology at the University of British Columbia where he directs the Centre for Applied Moral Psychology.  His research on morality addresses a diverse set of topics including religion, free will, technology and economic mobility. This work has appeared in journals such as ScienceNature Human Behavior and Nature Climate Change. He has written about this research for The New York Times and Scientific American, and co-teaches a free edX MOOC on The Science of Religion.

Antonio Terracciano (email) (website)

Antonio Terracciano headshotAntonio Terracciano is a Professor in the Department of Geriatrics at Florida State University College of Medicine. His research examines how psychological, cultural, and genetic factors contribute to physical and mental health across the lifespan. His work focuses on how personality changes with age, how personality varies across cultures, and how personality contributes to longevity and resilience against diseases of aging, such as Alzheimer’s disease. 

Jay Van Bavel (email) (website)

Jay Van Bavel headshotJay Van Bavel is an Associate Professor of Psychology & Neural Science at New York University, an affiliate at the Stern School of Business in Management and Organizations, and Director of the Social Perception and Evaluation Lab. From neurons to social networks, his research examines how collective concerns—group identities, moral values, and political beliefs—shape the mind and brain. Jay has published over 70 academic papers and written research essays in The New York Times, Scientific American, Wall Street Journal, Quartz, and the Washington Post. He also writes a mentoring column, entitled Letters to Young Scientists,for Science Magazine.

Leaf Van Boven (email) (website)

Leaf Van Boven headshotLeaf Van Boven is Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Colorado Boulder. Dr. Van Boven’s research examines the interrelation of emotion, judgment, and decision-making in everyday life. He examines implications of these basic psychological in policy relevant domains including climate change, political polarization, and well-being. Professor Van Boven has written for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and Politico.