Adrian J. Villicana

Assistant Professor

Adrian Villicana is a social psychologist who focuses on identity processes and social issues. His research looks at intergroup relations using two frameworks: examining factors that can reduce stereotyping and prejudice among dominant groups; and examining factors that increase collective action among socially disadvantaged groups in response to the inequalities they face. In addition his work emphasizes populations that are not typically represented in the psychological literature. He is studying how combinations of social categories influence social judgments and lived experiences, and how to apply these ideas to real-world issues so as to offer practical suggestions that may improve intergroup relations and the experiences of marginalized individuals. Villicana is co-author of “When one’s group is beneficial: The effect of group-affirmation and subjective group identification on prejudice” (Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 2017); “‘Coming out’ among gay Latino and gay White men: implications of verbal disclosure for well-being” (Self and Identity, 2016); and “Gender and parenting: Effects of parenting failures on evaluations of mothers and fathers” (Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 2015), among other articles. He teaches courses in the areas of social psychology, diversity science, statistics, and research methods.


B.A. University of Redlands, 2008; M.A. California State University-San Bernardino, 2011; PhD, University of Kansas, 2017