Chris Aberson received his undergraduate degree in psychology at California State University at Northridge (B.A., 1991) and graduate degrees at the Claremont Graduate University (M.A., 1995; Ph.D. 1999) with an emphasis in social and quantitative psychology. Before joining the faculty at Humboldt State University, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania. While earning his Ph.D., Dr. Aberson also taught extensively at Pitzer College in Claremont and Long Beach State.
Dr. Aberson maintains active research programs in two areas; teaching of statistics and social psychology. As a contributor to the Web Interface for Statistics Education (WISE) project, Dr. Aberson worked to develop several Internet-based interactive tutorials designed to supplement traditional teaching materials for statistics. Reports on the effectiveness of these tutorials are published in outlets such as Teaching of Psychology, Journal of Statistics Education, and Behavior Research Methods Instruments and Computers.
Dr. Aberson's social psychology interests focus on the focuses on factors influence prejudice and bias and applied social psychology. Dr. Aberson's social psychology laboratory regularly offers opportunities for undergraduates to work as research assistants and collaborate on projects. His social psychology research publications include a prominent analysis of the relationship between self-esteem and ingroup bias (Personality and Social Psychology Review), an examination of situations promoting pro-White and pro-African American biases (Social Justice Research), and two studies of attitudes toward affirmative action (Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy).
- Applied Social Psychology
- Intergroup Relations
- Prejudice and Stereotyping
- Research Methods, Assessment
- Sexuality, Sexual Orientation
- Aberson, C. L. (2007). Diversity experiences predict changes in attitudes toward affirmative action. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 13, 285-294.
- Aberson, C. L. (2007). Diversity, merit, fairness, and discrimination beliefs as predictors of support for affirmative-action policy actions. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 37, 2451-2474.
- Aberson, C. L. (2003). Support for race-based affirmative action: Self-interest and procedural justice. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 33, 1212-1225.
- Aberson, C. L., & Beeney, J. (2007). Does substance use affect reliabilities of the Implicit Association Test? Journal of Social Psychology, 147, 27-40.
- Aberson, C. L., Berger, D. E., Healy, M. R., Kyle, D., & Romero, V. L. (2000). Evaluation of an interactive tutorial for teaching the Central Limit Theorem. Teaching of Psychology, 27, 289-291.
- Aberson, C. L., Berger, D. E., Healy, M. R., & Romero, V. L. (2003). Evaluation of an interactive tutorial for teaching hypothesis testing concepts. Teaching of Psychology, 30, 76-79.
- Aberson, C. L., Berger, D. E., Healy, M. R., & Romero, V. L. (2002). An interactive tutorial for teaching statistical power. Journal of Statistics Education, 10(3).
- Aberson, C. L., & Ettlin, T. (2004). The aversive racism paradigm and responses favoring African Americans: Meta-analytic evidence of two types of favoritism. Social Justice Research, 17, 25-46.
- Aberson, C. L., & Gaffney, A. M. (2009). An integrated threat model of implicit and explicit attitudes. European Journal of Social Psychology, 39, 808-830.
- Aberson, C. L., & Haag, S. C. (2007). Contact, perspective taking, and anxiety as predictors of stereotype endorsement, explicit attitudes, and implicit attitudes. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 10, 179-201.
- Aberson, C. L., & Haag, S. C. (2003). Beliefs about affirmative action and diversity and their relationship to support for hiring policies. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 3, 121-138.
- Aberson, C. L., Healy, M. R., & Romero, V. L. (2000). Ingroup bias and self-esteem: A meta-analysis. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 4, 157-173.
- Aberson, C. L., & McVean, A. W. (2008). Contact and anxiety as predictors of bias toward the homeless. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 38, 3009-3035.
- Erdur, O., Aberson, C. L., Baron, A., & Barrow, J. (2006). Nature and severity of college students' psychological concerns: A comparison of clinical and nonclinical national samples. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 37, 317-323.
- Introduction to Psychology Research Design
- Introductory, Intermediate, and Advanced Statistics
- Psychological Study of Social Issues
Christopher L. Aberson
Department of Psychology
Humboldt State University
Arcata, California 95521
- Phone: (707) 826-3670
- Fax: (707) 826-4993