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Christine Logel

Associate Professor

Professor Christine Logel


  • CIHR Postdoctoral Fellow, Chronic Disease Prevention, University of Waterloo
  • SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University
  • PhD Social Psychology, University of Waterloo
  • Bachelor of Arts Psychology and Applied Studies Co-op, University of Waterloo

Field of study or research:

Dr. Logel investigates basic social psychological concepts and how they might be applied to help solve social problems.

In one program of research, she examines the role of social psychological processes in physical health. In two intervention studies, she shows that guiding participants to affirm their self-integrity leads to measurable physical health benefits two months later. In another program of research, she investigates, and then seeks ways to alleviate, social psychological barriers to the success and representation of negatively stereotyped minorities, most often women in male-dominated fields.


Walton, G. M., Logel, C., Peach, J. M., Spencer, S., & Zanna, M. P. (2014). Two interventions to boost women’s achievement in engineering: Social-belonging and self-affirmation-training. Journal of Educational Psychology.

Logel, C., Stinson, D. A., Gunn, G., Wood, J. V., Holmes, J. G., & Cameron, J. J. (2014). A Little Acceptance is Good for Your Health: Interpersonal Messages and Weight Change Over Time. Personal Relationships.

Jordan, C., Logel, C.*, Spencer, S. J., & Zanna, M. P. (2013). Low implicit self-esteem as a specific vulnerability for people with high explicit self-esteem: Situational activation of implicit self-esteem. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 32, 703-732.

 *Noted that Logel and Jordan contributed equally.

Silverman, A., Logel, C., & Cohen, G. L. (2013). Self-affirmation as a deliberate coping strategy: The moderating role of choice. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 49, 93-98.

Hitchman, S., Driezen, P., Logel, C., Fong, G. T., & Hammond, D. (2013). Evidence of wearout in response to tobacco graphic warning labels over 10 years. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 16, 536-43.

Logel, C., Walton, G. M., Peach, J. M., Spencer, S. J., & Zanna, M.P. (2012). Harnessing latent ability: Implications of creating stereotype safe environments for college admissions. Educational Psychologist, 47, 42-50.

Costello, M., Logel, C., Fong, G.T., Zanna, M. P., & McDonald, P. W. (2012). Perceived risk and quitting behaviors: Results from the ITC 4-Country Survey. American Journal of Health Behavior, 36, 681-692.

Gaucher, D., Wood, J. V., Stinson, D. A., Forest, A., Holmes, J. G., & Logel, C. (2012). Perceived Regard Explains Self-Esteem Differences in Expressivity. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 38, 1144-1156.

Logel, C., & Cohen, G. L. (2011). The role of the self in physical health: Testing the effect of a values affirmation intervention on weight loss. Psychological Science, 23, 53-55.

Tse, C., Spencer, S. J., & Logel, C. (2011). Stereotype Inoculation: An Elegant and Practical Model. Psychological Inquiry, 22, 296-298.

Stinson, D. A., Logel, C., Shepherd, S., & Zanna, M. P. (2011). Rewriting the self-fulfilling prophecy of social rejection: Self-affirmation improves relational security and social behavior up to 2 months later. Psychological Science, 22, 1145-1149.

Logel, C., Peach, J. M., & Spencer, S. J. (2011). Threatening gender and race: Different manifestations of stereotype threat. In M. Inzlicht and T. Schmader (Eds.), Stereotype Threat: Theory, Process, and Application. Oxford University Press.

Stinson, D. A., Logel, C., Holmes, J. G., Wood, J. V., Forest, A. L., Gaucher, D., Fitzsimons, G. M., Kath, J. (2010). The regulatory function of self-esteem: Testing the acceptance and epistemic signalling systems. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 99, 993-1013.

Jordan, C. H., Logel, C., Spencer, S. J., & Zanna M. P. (2010). Discrepancies between implicit and explicit attitudes, prejudices, and self-esteem: A model of simultaneous accessibility. In B. Gawronski & F. Strack (Eds.), Cognitive Consistency: A Unifying Concept in Social Psychology. New York: Guildford Press.

Logel, C., Walton, G. M., Spencer, S. J., Iserman, E., von Hippel, W., & Bell, A. (2009). Interacting with sexist men triggers social identity threat among female engineers. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 96, 1089-1103.

Logel, C., Iserman, E. C., Davies, P. G., Quinn, D. M., & Spencer, S. J. (2009). The perils of double consciousness: The role of thought suppression in stereotype threat. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45, 299-312.

Stinson, D. A., Logel, C., Zanna, M. P., Holmes, J. G., Cameron, J. J., Wood, J. V., & Spencer, S. J. (2008). The cost of lower self-esteem: Testing a self-and-social-bonds model of health. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 94, 412-428.

Jordan, C. H., Logel, C., Spencer, S. J., Zanna M. P., & Whitfield, M. (2008). The heterogeneity of self-esteem: Exploring the interplay between implicit and explicit self-esteem. In R. E. Petty, R. H., Fazio, & P. Briňol (Eds.), Attitudes: Insights from the new implicit measures (pp. 251-281). Psychology Press.

Jordan, C. H., Logel, C., Spencer, S. J., & Zanna, M.P. (2006). Nonconscious self-esteem: Is there something you’re not telling yourself? In M. H. Kernis (Ed.), Self-esteem issues and answers: A source book of current perspectives. Psychology Press.

Spencer, S. J., Jordan, C. H., Logel, C. E. R. & Zanna, M. P. (2005). Nagging doubts and a glimmer of hope: The role of implicit self-esteem in self-image maintenance. In A. Tesser, D. A. Stapel, & J. V. Wood (Eds). Self and motivation. Psychology Press.

Bell, A. E., Spencer, S. J., Iserman, E., & Logel, C. E. R. (2003). The effect of stereotype threat on women's engineering performance. Journal of Engineering Education, 92, 307-312.


Awarded 2013-2014: Renison Research Grant, (PI), $1000.

Awarded 2012-2017: SSHRC Insight Grant: An intervention to improve women’s engineering achievement.” (Co-PI), $224,148

Awarded 2010-2013: SSHRC Standard Research Grant: An intervention to reduce stereotype threat and improve women’s representation and achievement in engineering. (PI), $70,209

Awarded 2008-2010: Waterloo Center for the Advancement of Co-operative Education: Testing the co-op stigmatization inoculation hypothesis, (PI), $26,542.

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