I am a University of Arizona Distinguished Professor of Psychology in the School of Mind, Brain and Behavior and a Professor of Psychiatry in the College of Medicine. I am also appointed faculty in the Marketing Department of the Eller College of Management, and a research associate in the Arizona Cancer Center, all at the University of Arizona.
I received my B.A. with honors in Psychology from San Jose State University in 1988, my Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1993, and I completed post-doctoral training at Princeton University before joining the Arizona faculty in 1997.
I direct two research labs in the Psychology Department at the University of Arizona:
Our research in the Self and Attitudes lab develops new influence strategies to promote healthy behavior and the reduction of prejudice. For example, we investigate the attitude and behavior change that follows from an act of “hypocrisy” (Stone, 2011). My students and I find that when people advocate a behavior that they personally do not perform, they are motivated by cognitive dissonance to adopt more positive attitudes and behaviors toward the issue. An interesting article about the psychology of hypocrisy can be found here
Our research on prejudice and stereotyping focuses on implicit or "nonconscious" forms of bias. For example, recent studies examine the implicit prejudice people hold toward individuals with a tattoo (Zestcott, Bean & Stone, 2017). We also investigate the role of stereotypes and prejudice in creating ethnic and racial health disparities (Zestcott, Blair & Stone, 2016), and are testing various approaches to reducing implicit biases. Our work on these issues has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and by various state and local grants. An article about this work can be found here
In the Social Psychology of Sport Lab, our research investigates the causes and consequences of racial and gender stereotypes for the behavior of athletes both on and off the field. We examine how negative stereotypes impact perceptions of athletic performance, and how stereotype threat processes impact outcomes in sports (Stone, Chalabaev, & Harrison, 2011) and education (Stone, Harrison, & Mottley, 2012). Our work on the role of stereotypes in sports has been featured in programs on National Public Radio, the BBC, in Newsweek Magazine, on the television show ABC Primetime, and in various newspapers around the globe.
Click on the links to the right to learn more about my research and the courses that I teach. You can also get information about the social psychology graduate program and the department of psychology.
I plan to recruit a new graduate student to the lab for Fall of 2021.