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Christopher T. Leone


Phone: (904) 620-1663

Office: Building 51, Room 3209



Faculty Bio

Research Interests

Self-persuasion processes, Self-monitoring and close relationships, Sex stereotypes and child abuse, Religiosity and spirituality

Areas of Expertise

Self-monitoring and close relationships; effects of mere thought on attitude polarization; stereotyping and perceptions of child abuse; personality and religiosity/spirituality.

His teaching and research interests are focused on personality differences (self-monitoring) as it relates to the initiation, maintenance, and dissolution of close relationships, moderators and mediators of the effects of mere thought on attitude change, stereotypes about perpetrators and victims of child abuse, and individual differences (self-monitoring) in religiosity/spirituality.

He has also published chapters in scholarly books concerning the psychological foundations of moral education and character development. Additionally, Dr. Leone has also given several invited representations and workshops 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 and the Director of the MSPS Program 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 and/or Associate Editor on the editorial boards of several journals including Child Development and Journal of Personality as well as an ad-hoc reviewer/proposal consultant for many other journals, the American Psychological Association, and National Sconce Foundation. At UNF, Dr. Leone has mentored over forty master’s theses, over fifty honors theses, and dozens of graduate as well as undergraduate research projects.