Christopher T Leone


Psychology | College of Arts & Sciences

Areas of Expertise

prejudice, stereotypes, discrimination, moral education, self-persuasion, personality differences

Among other things, his teaching and research interests are focused on prejudice – in particular the effects that stereotypes have on discriminatory actions. He has published chapters in scholarly books concerning the psychological foundations of moral education and character development and several articles in scholarly journals concerning the processes involved in self-persuasion. His recent work has focused on the role of personality differences in the initiation, maintenance, and dissolution of close relationships. Dr. Leone has also given several invited representations on the process of mentoring undergraduate students as they make the transition from students to scholars.


Postdoctoral: Institute of Child Development
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Concentration: Social and Personality Development

Graduate: University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602
Specialization: Social Psychology
Co-major: Psychopathology
M.S. 1976, Ph.D. 1979, with distinction.

Undergraduate: University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT 06269
Major: Psychology, Minor: Sociology
B.A. 1972, with honors.


Dr. Christopher Leone is a Professor of Psychology at the University of North Florida. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut and his masters as well as doctoral degree from the University of Georgia. As the result of a National institute of Mental health Fellowship, he spent two years at the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota where he studied personality development. Dr. Leone has served as a Consulting Editor as well as an Associate Editor on the editorial boards of several journals including Child Development and Journal of Personality. In his career as a professor, he has won numeorus awards from different organizations (e.g., Southeastern Psychological Association, UNF) as Mentor of the Year and for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching, Outstanding Graduate Teaching, Outstanding Faculty Scholarship, and Outstanding Faculty Service.


Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, University of North Florida, 2009, 2014.

Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award, University of North Florida, 2018.

Mentor of the Year Award, University of North Florida, 2009, 2014.

Mentor of the Year Award, Southeastern Psychological Association, 2006.

Distinguished Professor Award (Runner-Up), University of North Florida, 2006.

Outstanding Faculty Service Award, University of North Florida, 2006.

Outstanding Scholarship Award, University of North Florida, 1999.



Society or Personality and Social Psychology
Society of Southeastern Social Psychologists
Southeastern Psychological Association
Association for Psychological Science 

Grants and Contracts Awarded

University of North Florida TLO Grants recipient, 2011 & 2012

University of North Florida Undergraduate Research Grants, 2001 through 2017

University of North Florida Graduate Research Grants, 2017

University of North Florida Summer Research Grants, 2008 & 2009

Publications & Presentations

Representative Publications

Leone, C., Gainey, L., & Moulder, R. (2016). Angel or demon? Self-monitoring differences in the mental representations of current versus former romantic partners. Self and Identity, 15(4), 432-451. 

Clarkson, J.J., Chambers, J.R., Hirt, E.R., Otto, A.S., Kardes, F.R., & Leone, C. (2015). The self-control consequences of political ideology. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112(27), 8250-8253.

Clarkson, J.J., Valente, M., Leone, C., & Tormala, Z.L. (2013). Motivated reflection on attitude-inconsistent information: An exploration of the role of fear of invalidity in self-persuasion. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 29, 1559-1570.

Hawkins, L. B., Leone, C., & Jarvis-Mejia, S. (Winter, 2011). The protégé-mentor relationship as a recruiting tool. Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly, 32(2), 47.

Clarkson J., Tormala, Z., & Leone, C. (2011). A self-validation perspective on the mere thought effect. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47, 449-454.

Hardy, L., & Leone, C. (2008). Real evidence for the failure of the Jamesian perspective or more evidence in support of it? Journal of Personality, 76, 1123-1136.

Leone, C., & Hawkins, L. B. (2006). Self-monitoring and close relationships. Journal of Personality, 74(3), 739-778.

Leone, C. (2006). Self-monitoring: Individual differences in orientations to the social world. Journal of Personality: Special Section on Self-Monitoring, 74, 633-657.

Leone, C., & Hall, I. (2003) Self-monitoring, marital dissatisfaction, and relationship dissolution: Individual differences in orientations to marriage and divorce. Self and Identity, 2, 189- 2003.

Representative Presentations

Leone, C. & Kalafatis, A. The Walk-In Closet: Self-monitoring differences in strategic self-disclosure of sexual orientation for gays and lesbians. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, Atlanta, GA., 2018.

Leone, C., & Hawkins, L. Need for closure and stereotyping: Who holds men more accountable than women for child sexual abuse? Invited symposium presentation at the annual meeting of the Society of Southeastern Social Psychologists, Jacksonville, FL., 2017.

Leone, C., Ochrietor, J., & Hawkins, L.B. Building bridges or building walls: An interactive workshop on interdisciplinary research with undergraduates. Invited presentation at the 8th annual Florida Statewide Symposium: Engagement in Undergraduate Research, Orlando, FL., 2015.

Leone, C. Mere thought and attitude polarization: Belief consistency, cognitive schemas, and moderator variables. Invited symposium presentation at the annual meeting of the Society of Southeastern Social Psychologists, Athens, GA., 2014.

Leone, C. "It depends” - Understanding the dynamic interplay of dispositional and situational determinants of behavior. Invited symposium at the annual meeting of the
Society of Southeastern Social Psychologists, Augusta, GA., 2013.

Hawkins, L.B., & Leone, C. Mentor-protégé relationships: How to avoid disaster. Invited presentation at the third annual Florida Undergraduate Research Conference, Gainesville, FL., 2013.

Leone, C., & Hawkins, L.B. Avoiding the perils and pitfalls of plagiarism: Creating authentic scholarship. Invited presentation at the third annual Florida Undergraduate Research Conference, Gainesville, FL., 2013.

Hofmann, N., Leone, C., & Hawkins, L.B. Using conferences to enhance your chances of being recruited to graduate programs: A different approach to conference attendance. Invited presentation at the third annual Florida Undergraduate Research Conference, Gainesville, FL., 2013.

Valente, M., Clarkson, J.J., Leone, C., Tormala, Z.L. When consider-the-opposite backfires: Undermining attitude-inconsistent thoughts as a new means of polarization. Paper presentation at the annual conference of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, Illinois, 2012.

Leone, C. The mentor-protégé relationship: What works and what doesn’t. Chair of and discussant for invited focus group presentation at the annual meeting of the Southeastern
Psychological Association, Jacksonville, FL., 2011.

Leone, C. Social psychology and mentoring: Cultivating today’s students and tomorrow’s scholars. Invited symposium presentation at the annual meeting of the Society of
Southeastern Social Psychologists, Greenville, SC. 2008.

Leone, C., Hawkins, L. B., & Clarkson, J. Fifty years of research on attitudes and persuasion. Invited presentation at the SSSP Symposium of the annual conference of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Atlanta, GA., 2004. 


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