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
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 master’s degree 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 numerous awards from several organizations for his teaching, scholarship, and service.
Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, University of North Florida, 2009, 2014.
Outstanding Mentor Award, University of North Florida, 2009, 2014.
Outstanding Mentor Award, Southeastern Psychological Association, 2006.
Distinguished Professor Award (Runner-Up), University of North Florida, 2006.
Outstanding Faculty Service Award, 2006.
Outstanding Scholarship Award, University of North Florida, 1999.
Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching TIP Award , University of North Florida, 1994.
Society or Personality and Social Psychology
Society of Southeastern Social Psychologists
Southeastern Psychological Association
Florida Undergraduate Research Conference Advisory Board
Grants and Contracts Awarded
University of North Florida TLO Grants recipient, 2011 & 2012
University of North Florida Undergraduate Research Grants, 2001 through 2014
University of North Florida Summer Research Grants, 2008 & 2009
Publications & Presentations
Representative Recent Publications
Toglia, M.P., Pittman, A.E., Leone, C.T., & Mueller-Johnson, K. (2013) Testimony by the
elderly in the eyes of the jury: The impact of juror characteristics. In M. P. Toglia, D. F.
Ross, J. D. Pozzulo, & E. Pica (Eds.), The elderly witness in court (pp. 363-382).
London: Taylor & Francis.
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 Recent Presentations
Leone, C. (2013)“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.
Hawkins, L.B., & Leone, C. (February, 2013). Mentor-protégé relationships: How to avoid
disaster. Invited presentation at the third annual Florida Undergraduate Research
Conference, Gainesville, FL.
Leone, C., & Hawkins, L.B. (February, 2013). Avoiding the perils and pitfalls of plagiarism:
Creating authentic scholarship. Invited presentation at the third annual Florida
Undergraduate Research Conference, Gainesville, FL.
Hofmann, N., Leone, C., & Hawkins, L.B. (February, 2013) 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.
Valente, M., Clarkson, J.J., Leone, C., Tormala, Z.L. (2012). 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.
Leone, C. (2011). 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.
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. (March, 2004). 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.