Dolores Albarracin, Ph.D. (She/her)

Amy Gutmann University Professor
Director of the Communication Science Division of the Annenberg Public Policy Center; Director Social Action Lab

Licenciada en Psicologia, Universidad Catolica de La Plata Professor en Letras, Universidad Nacional de La Plata M.S., University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign 

Office Location: 
Annenberg Public Policy Center, 202 S 36th Street, Philadelphia PA 19104
Research Interests: 

Attitudes Communication and persuasion


Behavioral change


Professor Dolores Albarracin will be considering new graduate students for admission for Fall 2024.

Selected Publications: 

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.


Dana Roll [Psychology Graduate Student]

Janet Lopez [Psychology Graduate Student]

Yubo Zhou [Psychology Graduate Student]

Riana Brown [Postdoc researcher]

Javier Granados Samayoa [Postdoc researcher]

Xi Shen [Postdoc researcher]

Maya Enisman  [Postdoc researcher]

Minjae Seo [Postdoc researcher]