Curriculum Vitae

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


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)


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