Dolores Albarracín, PhD

Professor of Psychology, UIUC

Dr. Dolores Albarracín is a professor of psychology and business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an IHRP Fellow.

She studies attitudes, motivation, and behavior change both in relation to basic psychological processes and applications to health promotion. She is the lead editor of the Handbook of Attitudes, and is currently the editor of Psychological Bulletin. Dr. Albarracin serves on national and international committees, including the NIH Behavioral and Social Science Approaches to Preventing HIV/AIDS Study Section. She is a fellow of the Society for Experimental Social Psychology, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, the American Psychological Association, and the Association for Psychological Science. Her research is funded by the National Institutes of Health. She is also an editor for the Psychological Bulletin, a journal that publishes evaluative and integrative research reviews and interpretations of issues in scientific psychology.

Dr. Albarracín holds a doctorate in social psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and previously served on the University of Florida's psychology faculty and was a professor of communication and psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.

Research Interests

Attitudes and persuasion, the intention-behavior relation, goals, predicting general activity patterns, predicting and changing health risk behaviors, and reviewing the effects of behavioral and clinical treatments in various settings (e.g., through meta-analysis and clinical trials).

Recent and Noteworthy Publications

See a more detailed list of publications by Dr. Dolores Albarracín, see this edited list on PubMed. 

Wilson K, Senay I, Durantini M, Sánchez F, Hennessy M, Spring B, Albarracín D. When it comes to lifestyle recommendations, more is sometimes less: a meta-analysis of theoretical assumptions underlying the effectiveness of interventions promoting multiple behavior domain change. Psychol Bull. 2015 Mar;141(2):474-509. [Access via PubMed.]

Ireland ME, Hepler J, Li H, Albarracín D. Neuroticism and attitudes toward action in 19 Countries. J Pers. 83.3, June 2015. [Access via PubMed.]

Wilson K, Albarracín D. Barriers to accessing HIV-prevention in clinic settings: Higher alcohol use and more sex partners predict decreased exposure to HIV-prevention counseling. Psychol Health Med. 2015 Jan;20(1):87-96. [Access via PubMed.]

Liu J, Jones C, Wilson K, Durantini MR, Livingood W, Albarracín D. Motivational barriers to retention of at-risk young adults in HIV-prevention interventions: perceived pressure and efficacy. AIDS Care. 2014;26(10):1242-8.

Hepler J, Albarracin D. Complete unconscious control: using (in)action primes to demonstrate completely unconscious activation of inhibitory control mechanisms. Cognition. 2013;128(3):271-9.

Hepler J, Albarracín D. Attitudes without objects: evidence for a dispositional attitude, its measurement, and its consequences. J Pers Soc Psychol. 2013;104(6):1060-76.

Zell E, Warriner AB, Albarracín D. Splitting of the Mind: When the You I Talk to is Me and Needs Commands. Soc Psychol Personal Sci. 2012;3(5):549-555.

Hepler J, Albarracin D, McCulloch KC, Noguchi K. Being active and impulsive: the role of goals for action and inaction in self-control. Motiv Emot. 2012;36(4):416-424.

Hepler J, Wang W, Albarracin D. Motivating exercise: the interactive effect of general action goals and past behavior on physical activity. Motiv Emot. 2012;36(3):365-370.

Carrera P, Muñoz D, Caballero A, Fernández I, Albarracín D. The present projects past behavior into the future while the past projects attitudes into the future: how verb tense moderates predictors of drinking intentions. J Exp Soc Psychol. 2012;48(5):1196-1200.