Dolores Albarracin

Alexandra Heyman Nash University Professor, University of Pennsylvania Annenberg School for Communication

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Research Topics Health Communication

Dolores Albarracín studies the impact of communication and persuasion on human behavior and the formation of beliefs, attitudes, and goals, particularly those that are socially beneficial. In addition to an interest in basic attitudinal processes, she is interested in finding ways of intervening to promote public health. Dolores Albarracín is a Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor and a renowned scholar in the fields of attitudes, communication, and behavior. Albarracín was born in Argentina, received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in 1997, and was previously a tenured professor at the University of Florida and at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Albarracín has published close to 200 journal articles and book chapters in leading scientific outlets, including the leading outlets of psychology, health, and science, and has had an important impact on national health communication policy. Her research is an unusual combination of basic and applied psychology. Our lab, The Social Action Lab, is a multidisciplinary lab that studies health communication, social psychology, and behavior change. Please contact us at if you would like to connect.

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