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Virginia.Kwan@asu.edu

Assoc Professor
Psychology
Faculty
Mail Code: 1104

Bio

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology (Social Psychology)

Education

University of California, Berkeley

     Ph.D. in Social / Personality Psychology, 2002

 Chinese University of Hong Kong

     M.A. in Social / Cultural Psychology, 1997

 Bemidji State University

     B.S. in Psychology, 1995

 

Selected Awards and Honors

 

  • Inaugural Sage Young Scholars Award, Foundation of Social and Personality Psychology, 2008
  • Identified as a Psychological Science’s Rising Star, American Psychological Society, 2007 (Featured in Observer, October, 2007)
  • Elected Member, Society of Experimental Social Psychology, 2007-present
  • Old Dominion Fellow, Princeton University, 2005-2007
  • Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University, 2004 – 2005
  • Theoretical Innovation Prize, Society for Personality and Social Psychology, 2002
  • The best article published in the Journal of Research in Personality, 2002
  • UC Dissertation Year Fellowship, 2001 - 2002        
  • Departmental Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley, Spring, 2001
  • Graduate Opportunity Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley, 1997 - 1999
  • Award of Excellence in the Minnesota State Undergraduate Statistics Contest, 1994
  • New Writer Award, Bemidji State University, 1993

 

Research Interests

• Social-Perception Processes
    o Self-Perception
    o Intergroup Perception
    o Perceptions of Nonhuman Agents

• Cultural Psychology
    o Diversity and Multicultural Identity Dynamics
    o Cultural Priming
    o Judgment and Medical Decision Making

• Methodology
    o Multi-level Analysis
    o Social Relations Model

Courses

Spring 2014

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
PSY 315 Personality Theory/Research
PSY 399 Supervised Research
PSY 499 Individualized Instruction

Fall 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
PSY 399 Supervised Research
PSY 499 Individualized Instruction
PSY 591 Seminar

Spring 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
PGS 399 Supervised Research
PGS 498 Pro-Seminar
PSY 499 Individualized Instruction

Fall 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
PGS 315 Personality Theory/Research
PGS 399 Supervised Research
PSY 499 Individualized Instruction

Spring 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
PGS 315 Personality Theory/Research
PGS 399 Supervised Research
PSY 499 Individualized Instruction

Fall 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
PGS 399 Supervised Research
PSY 499 Individualized Instruction

Spring 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
PGS 399 Supervised Research
PGS 498 Pro-Seminar
PSY 590 Reading and Conference
PSY 592 Research
PSY 599 Thesis
PSY 790 Reading and Conference
PSY 792 Research
PSY 799 Dissertation

Fall 2010

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
PGS 315 Personality Theory/Research
PGS 399 Supervised Research
PGS 499 Individualized Instruction

Spring 2010

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
PGS 315 Personality Theory/Research
PSY 591 Seminar

Publications and Other Intellectual ContributionsGoogle Scholar

  1. Kwan, V.S.Y., Johnson, K.A., Neel, R., Cohen, A.B.. Anthropomorphism. The Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology 4th Edition. (2010).

  2. Amati, F., Oh, H., Kwan, V.S.Y., Jordan, K., & Keenan, J. P.. Overclaiming and the medial prefrontal cortex: A Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation study.. Cognitive Neuroscience (2010).

  3. Kwan, V. S. Y., & McGee, J. A.. Individuation. Encyclopedia of Human Relationships. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage (2009).

  4. Alter, A., & Kwan, V. S. Y.. Cultural sharing in a global village: evidence for extracultural cognition in white Americans. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (2009).

  5. Cuddy, A. J. C., Fiske, S. T., & Kwan, V. S. Y., Glick, P., Demoulin, S., Levens, J. P. and others. Is the Stereotype Content Model culture-bound? A cross-cultural comparison reveals systematic similarities and differences. British Journal of Social Psychology (2009).

  6. Kwan, V. S. Y., & Gaertner, L. A.. Two sides to every self-process: The pros and the cons. Self and Identity (2009).

  7. Kwan, V. S. Y., Kuang, L. L., & Hui, N.. Identifying the sources of self-esteem: The mixed medley of benevolence, merit, and bias. Self and Identity (2009).

  8. Two sides to every self-process: The pros and the cons. Self and Identity (2009).

  9. Book chapter: Kwan, V. S. Y., Hui, C. M., & McGee, J. A.. What do we know about the Chinese self?. The Hand Book of Chinese Psychology, 2nd Edition.. Oxford, England: Dover Publications.

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