Dolores Albarracín
Published September 8, 2020

Dolores Albarracín is a professor of psychology, business and medicine at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She’s an expert in social and clinical psychology and can provide insight on how the anti-vaccination movement and the spread of misinformation on social media are affecting the coronavirus pandemic.

At the University of Illinois, Albarracín directs the Social Action Lab and the Health, Social Media and Technology Group, where she studies social cognition and action, communication, misinformation and changes in behaviors and attitudes.

Her work there has focused on COVID-19, substance use, HIV/AIDS and vaccines. Recent publications include a study on the ways anti-vaccination social media posts influence vaccine behavior and her April 2020 research finding that Americans who consume conservative media are more likely to believe conspiracy theories about the coronavirus.

Albarracín has authored five books and 170 journal articles and book chapters, and served as the editor in chief of Psychological Bulletin from 2014 to 2020. She received her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in 1997, and has been a tenured professor at the University of Florida and the University of Pennsylvania.

Expertise: Social and clinical psychology, behavior and attitudes, communication, misinformation and public health

Location: Urbana, Ill.


Phone: 217-840-2383

Twitter: @socialactionlab

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