Associate Professor, Social Development Studies

Christine LogelEducation

CIHR Postdoctoral Fellow, Chronic Disease Prevention, University of Waterloo

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Colorado Boulder

Ph.D., University of Waterloo - Social Psychology

B.A., University of Waterloo - Psychology and Applied Studies Co-op

Research interests

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

In her primary lines of research, she investigates, and then seeks ways to alleviate, social psychological barriers to the success and well-being of disadvantaged students in university. Her focuses include underrepresented minorities, women in male-dominated fields, students with visible and invisible disabilities, and English language learners. She has a particular interest in health outcomes.

In her secondary lines of research, she seeks to understand, and mitigate, the negative effects of weight stigma on higher body weight individuals and people across the weight spectrum. 


Logel, C., Hall, W., & Paige-Gould, E., Cohen, G. (in press).  Why is it so hard to change? The role of self-integrity threat and affirmation in weight loss. European Journal of Social Psychology.

Logel, C., Kathmandu, A., &  Cohen, G. (2018). Affirmation Prevents Long-Term Weight Gain. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.

Spencer, S. J., Logel, C., & Davies, P. G. (2016). Stereotype Threat. Annual Review of Psychology, 67:14.1-14.23.

Logel, C., Stinson, D. A., & Brochu, P. (2015). A well-being answer to the obesity question. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 9:678-695.

Walton, G. M., Logel, C., Peach, J. M., Spencer, S., & Zanna, M. P. (2015). 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.


2018: University of Waterloo Equity & Inclusivity Award

2017-2020: National Science Foundation: “A Belonging Intervention to Improve STEM Outcomes for Women and Underrepresented Students: A Randomized Controlled Trial at 22 Colleges” (Co-PI).

2016-2017: Waterloo Gender Equity Grant: “Evaluating and Disseminating Randomized Controlled Trials of Social Psychological Interventions Supporting Women in STEM Programs.” (PI)

2016: Article award, International Association of Relationships Researchers, for 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, 21:583-598.

2015-2018: Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario: “Social-Belonging Interventions: A Randomized Controlled Trial.” (PI),

2015-2017: The Raikes Foundation: “The College Transition Collaborative” (Co-PI)

2015-2016: Learning Innovation and Teaching Enhancement Grant: “Pop Up Intervention! A 30-Second Treatment Improves Students’ Co-op Experiences.” (PI),

2014-2015: Learning Innovation and Teaching Enhancement Grant: “Leveling the Playing Field for Vulnerable Students: A Test of the Effectiveness of Skills Tutorials.” (PI)

2013-2014: Renison Research Grant. (PI)

2012-2019: SSHRC Insight Grant: “An intervention to improve women’s engineering achievement.” (Co-PI)

2010-2013: SSHRC Standard Research Grant: “An intervention to reduce stereotype threat and improve women’s representation and achievement in engineering.” (PI)

2010-2011: The Spencer Foundation: “A social-psychological approach to raising student achievement, improving school behaviour, and closing racial disparities in high school.” (Supporting Researcher)

2008-2011: SSHRC Standard Research Grant: “Developing and testing a psychological flu shot.” (Collaborator)

2008-2010: Waterloo Center for the Advancement of Co-operative Education: “Testing the co-op stigmatization inoculation hypothesis.” (PI)

2007- 2008: The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues: “How peer interactions can undermine women’s performance in engineering: The role of stereotype threat.”         

Courses taught at Renison

Psych 101R: Introductory Psychology

Psych 356R: Personality (online)

Psych 444R: Psychological Interventions (online)

Psych 495R: Research Apprenticeship

SDS 499 A and B: Senior Essay/Thesis

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