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Sean T. Stevens

Sean T. Stevens, Director of Research

Sean obtained his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey – New Brunswick in 2013. For one year he then served as the Research Director for the Social Perception Lab at Rutgers University, and then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Rutgers, in affiliation with the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. He became Heterodox Academy’s first Director of Research in May of 2016. Sean is also a member of the Best Practices in Science Movement, and works to promote scientific integrity practices in the social sciences.

Sean has spent almost two decades researching how moral convictions produce motivated reasoning within the political domain, how this motivated reasoning can distort research in the social sciences, and how motivated reasoning can lead to political extremism and intolerance, creating obstacles to political compromise. He has recently begun to investigate the psychological factors motivate support for censorship and self-censorship. In Sean’s work for Heterodox Academy  he directs the bi-annual administration of the Campus Expression Survey (CES) and works with individual campuses that want to administer the CES to their student body.

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  • Ph.D., Psychology, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 2013
  • M.S., Psychology, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 2010
  • B.A., Psychology, Montclair State University, 2005


  • Stevens, S.T., Jussim, L., Anglin, S.M., & Honeycutt, N. Direct and indirect influences of political ideology on perceptions of scientific findings. In B.T. Rutgens & M.J. Brandt (Eds.) Belief Systems and the Perception of Reality.
  • Stevens, S.T., Jussim, L., Stevens, L.A., & Anglin, S.M. (2018). Cultural competence: A form of stereotype rationality. In C. Frisby and B. O’Donohue (Eds.), Cultural Competence: Theory, Research, Practice, and Evaluation.
  • Rubinstein, R., Jussim, L., & Stevens, S.T. (2018).  Reliance on individuating information and stereotypes in implicit and explicit person perception. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 75, 54-70.
  • Stevens, S.T., Jussim, L., Anglin, S.M., Contrada, R., Welch, C.A., Labrecque, J.A., et al. (2018).  Political exclusion and discrimination in social psychology: Lived experiences and solutions.  In J.T. Crawford and L. Jussim (Eds.), The Politics of Social Psychology.
  • Jussim, L., Crawford, J.T., Anglin, S.M., Stevens, S. T., & Duarte, J.L. (2016).  Interpretations and methods: Towards a more effectively self-correcting social psychology.  Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 66, 116-133.
  • Jussim, L., Crawford, J.T., Stevens, S.T., Anglin, S.M., & Duarte, J.L. (2016). Can high moral purposes undermine scientific integrity?In J. Forgas, P. van Lange, & L. Jussim (Eds.), The Sydney Symposium on the Social Psychology of Morality.
  • Jussim, L., Crawford, J.T., Anglin, S.M., & Stevens, S.T. (2015). The politics of social psychological science: Distortions in the psychology of intergroup relations. In P. Valdeso & J. Grahame (Eds.), The Claremont Symposium on Applied Social Psychology Bridging Ideological Divides.
  • Jussim, L., Crawford, J., Stevens, S.T., Anglin, S.M. (2015). Ideological bias in social psychological research. In J. Forgas, K. Fiedler, & B. Crano (Eds.), Social Psychology and Politics.
  • Jussim, L., Crawford, J.T., Anglin, S.M., Chambers, J.R., Stevens, S.T., & Cohen, F. (2015). Stereotype accuracy: One of the largest and most replicable effects in all of social psychology. In T. Nelson (Ed.), The Handbook of Prejudice, Stereotyping, and Discrimination.
  • Jussim, L., & Stevens, S. T. (2015). Why accuracy dominates bias and self-fulfilling prophecy. In P. Babel and S. Trusz (Eds.), Expectancies for self and others: What have we learned from 50 years of research? Gdansk, Poland: Gdansk Psychological Publishing House.
  • Jussim L., Krosnick, J.A., Vazire, S., Stevens, S.T., & Anglin, S.M. (2015). Toward robust scientific research methods in the United States. An overview invited by John Holdren, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology policy.
  • Stevens, S.T., Anglin, S.M., & Jussim, L. (2015). The political self. In D. McInerney, R. Craven,  H. Marsh, and F. Guay (Eds.) Self-concept, Motivation and Identity: Underpinning Success with Research and Practice.
  • Jussim, L., Stevens, S.T., & Salib, E. (2011). The extraordinary strength of social judgments: a review based on the goodness of judgment index. In J. Krueger (Ed.), Social Judgment  and Decision Making. London, UK. Psychology Press.
  • Crawford, J., Jussim, L., Madon, S., Cain, T., & Stevens, S.T. (2011). The use of stereotypes and  individuating information in political person perception. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 37, 529-542.
  • Stevens, S.T., Masco, J.L., & Keenan, J.P. (2008). Aggression and visors in the National Hockey  League. Southern Medical Journal10110.
  • Stevens, S.T., Lassonde, M., DeBeaumont, L., & Keenan, J.P. (2008). In-game fatigue influences  concussions in National Hockey League players. Research in Sports Medicine161, 68-74.
  • Liu, T., Stevens, S.T., & Carrasco, M. (2007). Comparing the time course and efficacy of spatial and feature-based attention. Vision Research47, 108-113.
  • Stevens, S.T., Guise, K., Christiana, W., Kumar, M., & Keenan, J.P. (2006). Deception, evolution, and the brain. In S.M. Platek, J.P. Keenan, and T.K. Shackelford (Eds.), Evolutionary Cognitive Neuroscience, 517-541. Boston, MA. MIT Press.
  • Stevens, S. T., Lassonde, M., DeBeaumont, L., & Keenan, J.P. (2006). The effect of visors on head and facial injury in National Hockey League players. The Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport9, 238-42.


  • Jussim, L., Stevens, S.T., Fox, N., Anglin, S,M., & Honeycutt, N. Scientific gullibility. To appear in J. Forgas & R. Baumeister (Eds.) The Social Psychology of Gullibility: The Sydney Symposium on Social Psychology.
  • Jussim, L., Stevens, S.T., & Honeycutt, N. Forbidden and unasked questions about stereotype accuracy.  Archives of Scientific Psychology.


  • Jussim, L., Krosnick, J.A., Stevens, S. T., & Anglin, S. M. The suboptimal science model: Explaining research practices and outlining the potential for successful reforms.
  • Jussim, L., Stevens, S.T., & Honeycutt, N. The accuracy of demographic stereotypes.


  • Jussim, L., Krosnick, J.A., Stevens, S.T., & Crawford, J.T.  Introduction to the behavioral science of questionable research practices. For L. Jussim, S.T. Stevens, & J.A. Krosnick (Eds.), Research Integrity in the Behavioral Sciences.
  • Jussim, L., Phelan, J.L., Walker, R., Heavens, S., Freyberg, R. Cain, R.T., Cohen, F., Crawford, J. T., & Stevens, S.T.  The Political Correctness Scale: Causes, correlates, and consequences of lying to appear unprejudiced.
  • Jussim, L., Krosnick, J.A., & Stevens, S.T. (Eds.).  Research Integrity in the Behavioral Sciences.
  • Jussim, L., Krosnick, J. A., Vazire, S., Stevens, S. T., Anglin, S. M., Reeves, B., Nelson, L., Maoz, I., Yeager, D., Konar, E., Wethington, E., Rideout, V., & Clark, H. Methodological, statistical, social, and institutional challenges to scientific validity and advancement.
  • Jussim, L., Stevens, S.T., & Anglin, S.M.  Questionable interpretive practices.  For L. Jussim, S.T. Stevens, & J.A. Krosnick (Eds.), Research Integrity in the Behavioral Sciences.
  • Stevens, S.T. Masked and embedded philosophical assumptions in social science research. For L. Jussim, J.A. Krosnick, & S.T. Stevens (Eds.) Research Integrity in the Behavioral Sciences
  • Stevens, S. T., Anglin, S. M., Jussim, L., Finn, B., Lisner, R., Pugliano, D., Fox, N., Honeycutt, N., & Careem, A. Research practices in psychology: Archival and forensic analyses.

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