Elena Stepanova, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology


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, as well as effects of discrimination on alcohol cravings. 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).

 I am recruiting for undergraduate RA positions (Spring 2014). Please contact me at Elena.Stepanova@usm.edu, if you would like to receive information on how to apply.

 Stepanova E. V. (2013). Cross-ethnicity effect (Face recognition). In K. Keith (Ed.) The Encyclopedia of Cross-Cultural Psychology. (pp. 286-288). 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