Elena Stepanova

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

My broad areas of interest are: social cognition, specifically conceptualization of social categories, effects of alcohol and nicotine on social judgments and effects of discrimination on alcohol cue-reactivity; and cross-cultural research, particularly explicit and implicit ethnic and racial attitudes.


In the conceptualization of social categories line of research, I explore the effects of within-group variability on person perception, implicit and explicit ethnic prejudice and stereotyping, and perceptions of attractiveness. Recently, I started investigating the link between alcohol-related cues and racial biases; this research is supported by ABMRF/The Foundation for Alcohol Research. For details, please see:
http://www.abmrf.org/grant_project_profiles_12.asp


In my cross-cultural line of research, I address these effects internationally, examining the moderating role of socio-cultural context. Many of my research projects address applied issues as well (e.g., the reduction of prejudice).

 

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences

 

Curriculum Vitae

 

Recent Publications

Stepanova E. V. Cross-ethnicity effect. (in press). In K. Keith (Ed.) The encyclopedia of cross-cultural psychology. Wiley-Blackwell.

 

Stepanova, E. V., Strube, M. J, & Yablonsky, G. S. (2013). Now one is Russian, now one is not: Ethnic attitudes and categorization effects in the Russian Federation. International Perspectives in Psychology: Research, Practice, Consultation, 2(2), 85-99. doi: 10.1037/a0032339

 

Stepanova E. V., Bartholow, B. D., Saults, J. S., & Friedman, R.S. (2012). Alcohol-related cues promote automatic racial bias. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. 48, 905-911. doi: 10.1016/j.jesp.2012.02.006

 

Stepanova E. V. & Strube, M. J (2012). The role of skin color and facial physiognomy in racial categorization: Moderation by implicit racial attitudes. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. 48, 867-878. doi: 10.1016/j.jesp.2012.02.019

 

Stepanova, E. V., & Strube, M. J (2012). What’s in a face? The role of skin tone, facial physiognomy, and color presentation mode of facial primes in affective priming effects. The Journal of Social Psychology. 152 (2), 212-227. doi:10.1080/00224545.2011.597797

 

Stepanova, E. V., & Strube, M. J (2009). Making of a face: Role of facial physiognomy, skin tone, and color presentation mode in evaluations of racial typicality. The Journal of Social Psychology, 149 (1), 66-81. doi: 10.3200/SOCP.149.1.66-81

 

Stepanova, E. V., Strube, M. J, & Hetts, J. J. (2009). They saw a triple lutz: Bias and its perception in American and Russian newspaper coverage of 2002 Olympic figure skating scandal. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 39 (8), 1763–1784. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2009.00503.x

 

Recent Presentations

 

Stepanova, E. V., Bartholow, B. D., Saults, J. S., Benjamin, B., Rand, R., & Rager, A. (January, 2014). Effects of Alcohol-related Cues on Racial Discrimination. Poster session to be presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Austin, TX

 

Stepanova, E. V. (January, 2013). Effects and Mechanisms of Exposure to Alcohol-related Cues on Generalized and Stereotypic Racial Prejudice. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, New Orleans, LA

 

Stepanova, E. V., Bartholow, B. D., Saults, J. S., & Friedman, R.S. Exposure to Alcohol-related Cues Promotes Racial Bias (June, 2012). Talk presented at the 9th Biennial Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues convention, Charlotte, NC

 

Stepanova, E. V. Effects of Exposure to Alcohol-related Cues on Racial Bias. (March, 2012). Invited talk presented at the Alcohol & Substance Use Research Institute, Department of Psychology, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

 

Stepanova, E. V., Bartholow, B. D., & Saults, J.S. (January, 2012). Placebo Prejudice: Effects of Alcohol Primes on Automatic Components of Racial Bias. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA

 

Stepanova, E. (January, 2011). Implicit Racial Attitudes: Moderation of Racial Typicality Evaluations. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio, TX