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University of ConnecticutSocial Psychology Prof. Colin Wayne Leach, Ph.D.


Welcome to the research group coordinated by Prof. Colin Wayne Leach.  We work on a number of topics within social, personality, and political  psychology with a focus on self, status, morality, and emotion.

We study these issues at both the individual and  the group level, across contexts (e.g., in the U.S., U.K., Netherlands, Australia), and with multiple methods (e.g., experiments and quasi-experiments, population surveys, personality measurement, daily diaries, interviews).  We also have a keen interest in social and psychological theory, method, and meta-theory.

Recent News

  • Colin named Associate Editor of Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 2014-.
  • Colin gives keynote address at 15th Jena Workshop on Intergroup Processes, Schloß Oppurg, Germany.
  • Grad students Atilla Cidam and Andrew L. Stewart accompany Colin to conduct research at Bahcesehir University in Istanbul, Turkey (June, 2013).
  • Colin gives invited address at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, School of Psychology, Mexico City, Mexico (May, 2013).
  • Colin co-teaches a two-week graduate course on “morality in self, emotion, and social relations” in the European Association of Social Psychology summer school in Limerick, Ireland (August, 2012).
  • Article with former graduate advisee Aarti Iyer listed among the 50 Most-Frequently Cited Articles in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin:
    • Iyer, A., Leach, C. W., & Crosby, F. J. (2003). White guilt and racial compensation: The benefits and limits of self-focus. (Volume 29, 117-129).