Curriculum Vitae

Breckler-small-headshotSteven J. Breckler
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 336-5938

Education

1979 BA - University of California at San Diego
1981 MA - Ohio State University (Social Psychology)
1983 PhD - Ohio State University (Social Psychology)

Employment History

  • 1979-1980 Graduate Fellow — Ohio State University Graduate School
  • 1980-1983 Research Associate; Teaching Associate (Ohio State)
  • 1982 (Summer) Visiting Member of Technical Staff, Bell Laboratories
  • 1983-1984 NIMH Post-Doctoral Fellow — Northwestern University
  • 1984-1991 Assistant Professor of Psychology — Johns Hopkins University
  • 1991-1995 Associate Professor of Psychology — Johns Hopkins University
  • 1995-2004 Program Director for Social Psychology — National Science Foundation
  • Coordinator of Cognitive, Psychological, and Language Sciences Cluster
  • 2000 Acting Division Director — National Science Foundation
  • Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences
  • 2003-2004 Program Director for Science of Learning Centers — NSF
  • 2004-present Executive Director for Science — American Psychological Association

Awards and Honors

  • NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award 1987-1992
  • Fellow of the American Psychological Association (January, 1995)
  • NSF Director's Award for Collaborative Integration (June, 1997 and September, 2000)
  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology Service Award on Behalf of the Disciplines (2003)
  • American Psychological Association Meritorious Research Service Commendation (2003)
  • NSF Director's Award for Superior Accomplishment (June, 2003)
  • NSF Director's Award for Management Excellence (June, 2003)

Publications

Breckler, S. J. (1984). Empirical validation of affect, behavior, and cognition as distinct components of attitude. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology , 47 , 1191-1205.

Greenwald, A. G., & Breckler, S. J. (1985). To whom is the self presented? In B. R. Schlenker (Ed.), The self and social life . New York: McGraw-Hill.

Breckler, S. J., Allen, R. B., & Konecni, V. J. (1985). Mood-optimizing strategies in aesthetic-choice behavior. Music Perception , 2 , 459-470.

Breckler, S. J., & Greenwald, A. G. (1986). Motivational facets of the self. In R. Sorrentino & E. T. Higgins (Eds.), Handbook of motivation and cognition (Vol. 1). New York: Guilford Press.

Pratkanis, A. R., Breckler, S. J., & Greenwald, A. G. (Eds.) (1989). Attitude structure and function . Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.

Breckler, S. J., & Wiggins, E. C. (1989). On defining attitude and attitude theory: Once more with feeling. In A. R. Pratkanis, S. J. Breckler, & A. G. Greenwald (Eds.), Attitude structure and function . Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.

Breckler, S. J., & Wiggins, E. C. (1989). Affect versus evaluation in the structure of attitudes. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology , 25 , 253-271.

Breckler, S. J., & Wiggins, E. C. (1989). Scales for the measurement of attitudes toward blood donation. Transfusion , 29 , 401-404.

Breckler, S. J. (1990). Applications of covariance structure modeling in psychology: Cause for concern? Psychological Bulletin , 107 , 260-273.

Wiggins, E. C., & Breckler, S. J. (1990). Special verdicts as guides to jury decision making. Law and Psychology Review , 14 , 1-41.

Breckler, S. J., & Wiggins, E. C. (1991). Cognitive responses in persuasion: Affective and evaluative determinants. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology , 27 , 180-200.

Breckler, S. J., & Berman, J. S. (1991). Affective responses to attitude objects: Measurement and validation. Journal of Social Behavior and Personality , 6 , 529-544.

Breckler, S. J., Pratkanis, A. R., & McCann, C. D. (1991). The representation of self in multidimensional cognitive space. British Journal of Social Psychology , 30 , 97-112.

Olton, D. S., Markowska, A., Breckler, S. J., Wenk, G. L., Pang, K. C., Koliatsos, V., & Price, D. L. (1991). Individual differences in aging: Behavioral and neural analyses. Biomedical and Environmental Sciences , 4 , 166-172.

Wiggins, E. C., & Breckler, S. J. (1992). Management of complex civil litigation. In D. K. Kagehiro & W. S. Laupher (Eds.), Handbook of Psychology and Law (pp. 77-94). New York: Springer-Verlag.

Breckler, S. J., & Fried, H. (1993). On knowing what you like and liking what you smell: Attitudes depend on the form in which the object is represented. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin , 19 , 228-240.

Breckler, S. J., & Wiggins, E. C. (1993). Emotional responses and the affective component of attitude. Journal of Social Behavior and Personality , 8 , 281-296.

Breckler, S. J. (1993). Emotion and attitude change. In M. Lewis & J. Haviland (Eds.), Handbook of Emotions (pp. 461-473). New York, NY: Guilford Publications.

Breckler, S. J. (1993). Age-related behavioral and neurochemical deficits: New data analytic strategies. Neurobiology of Aging , 14 , 695-697.

Breckler, S. J. (1994). A comparison of numerical indexes for measuring attitude ambivalence. Educational and Psychological Measurement , 54 , 350-365.

Markowska, A. L., Koliatsos, V. E., Breckler, S. J., Price, D. L., & Olton, D. S. (1994). Human nerve growth factor improves spatial memory in aged but not in young rats. Journal of Neuroscience , 14 , 4815-4824.

Breckler, S. J. (1994). Memory for the experience of donating blood: Just how bad was it? Basic and Applied Social Psychology , 15 , 467-488.

Breckler, S. J. (1995). Psychosocial resource variables in cancer research: Statistical and analytical considerations. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 13 , 161-176.

Voytko, M. L., Sukhov, R. R., Walker, L. C., Koliatsos, V. E., Breckler, S. J., & Price, D. L. (1995). Neuronal number and size are preserved in the nucleus basalis of aged rhesus monkeys. Dementia , 6 , 131-141.

Breckler, S. J. (1996). Attend, comprehend, and feel: Understanding consumers' responses to advertising [Review of the book Attention, attitude, and affect in response to advertising ]. Contemporary Psychology , 41 , 363-365.

Baxter, M. G., Frick, K. M., Price, D. L., Breckler, S. J., Markowska, A. L., & Gorman, L. K. (1999). Presynaptic markers of cholinergic function in the rat brain: Relationship with age and cognitive status. Neuroscience , 89 (3), 771-780.

Gustilo, M. C., Markowska, A. L., Breckler, S. J., Fleischman, C. A., Price, D. L., & Koliatsos, V. E. (1999). Evidence that nerve growth factor influences recent memory through structural changes in septohippocampal cholinergic neurons. The Journal of Comparative Neurology , 405 (4), 491-507.

Markowska, A. L., & Breckler, S. J. (1999). Behavioral biomarkers of aging: Illustration of a multivariate approach for detecting age-related behavioral changes. Journal of Gerontology: Biological Sciences , 54 , 549-566.

Breckler, S. J. (1999). Persuasion. Entry in D. Levinson, J. Ponzetti, & P. Jorgensen (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Human Emotions . New York, NY: Macmillan Reference.

Curbow, B., Spratt, K., Ungaretti, T., McDonnell, K., & Breckler, S. (2000). Development of the child care worker job stress inventory. Early Childhood Research Quarterly , 15 , 515-536.

Breckler, S. J. (in press). Hold still while I measure your attitude: Assessment in the throes of ambivalence. In G. Haddock & G. Maio (Eds.), Theoretical Perspectives on Attitudes for the 21st Century: The Gregynog Symposium . London: Routledge.

Breckler, S. J., Olson, J. M. & Wiggins, E. C. Social Psychology Alive! Belmont, CA: Wadsworth. Textbook under contract.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Psychological Association (Fellow)
  • American Psychological Society
  • Society of Experimental Social Psychology
  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology
  • Society for Research on Child Development
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Social Psychology
  • Introduction to Developmental Psychology
  • Attitudes and Social Influence
  • The Psychology of Persuasion and Propaganda
  • Laboratory Methods in Social Psychology
  • Multivariate Statistical Methods
  • Graduate Seminar in Social Influence
  • Graduate Seminar in Attitude Structure and Function
  • Graduate Seminar in Multivariate Data Analysis
  • Graduate Seminar in Psychology and Law
  • Area Seminar in Social Psychology
  • Area Seminar in Quantitative Psychology