William Klein, Ph.D.

  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Psychology

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Princeton University

Research Interest Summary

Social Psychology; Risk Perception; Decision-Making

Research Interests

Representative Publications

Ferrer, R. A., Klein, W. M. P., Zajac, L. E., Sutton-Tyrrell, K. C., Muldoon, M. F., & Kamarck, T. W. (2012). Unrealistic optimism is associated with subclinical atherosclerosis. Health Psychology, 31, 815-820.

Klein, W. M. P., & Cerully, J. L. (2007). Health-related risk perception and decision-making: Lessons from the study of motives in social psychology. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 1, 334-358.

Moore, D. A., & Klein, W. M. P. (2008). Use of absolute and comparative performance feedback in absolute and comparative judgments and decisions. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 107, 60-74.

Klein, W.M.P., & Stefanek, M.E. (2007). Cancer risk elicitation and communication: Lessons from the psychology of risk perception. CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, 57, 147-167.

Shepperd, J. A., Klein, W. M. P., Waters, E., & Weinstein, N. D. (2013). Taking stock of unrealistic optimism. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 8, 395-411.

Klein, W. M. P., & Harris, P. R. (2009). Self-affirmation enhances attentional bias toward threatening components of a persuasive message. Psychological Science, 20, 1463-1467.

Klein, W. M. P., Cerully, J. L., Monin, M. M., & Moore, D. A. (2010). Ability, chance, and ambiguity aversion: Revisiting the competence hypothesis. Judgment and Decision Making, 5, 192-199.

Klein, W. M. P., Harris, P. R., Ferrer, R. A., & Zajac, L. E. (2011). Affective perceptions of vulnerability in response to threatening messages: Effects of self-affirmation. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47, 1237-1242.

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