Faculty Directory

Campbell Leaper
  • Title
    • Distinguished Professor
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Psychology Department
  • Affiliations College Ten, College Nine, Cowell College, Feminist Studies Department
  • Phone
    831-459-5084 (message), 831-459-4496
  • Email
  • Fax
    831-459-3519
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Social Sciences 2, Room 355
  • Office Hours By appointment
  • Mail Stop Psychology Faculty Services
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Sexism and Gender Bias, Child and Adolescent Development, Psychology, Discrimination and Inequality, Schools and Academic Achievement, Science Education, Peer Groups and Friendships, Television, Sociolinguistics, Gender Studies
  • Courses Psych 100: Research Methods in Psychology, Psych 106: Social and Emotional Development, Psych 107: Gender and Development, Psych 140Q: Social Psychology of Sex and Gender, Psych 225: Research Methods in Developmental Psychology, Psych 244B: Proseminar 2: Social and Personality Development, Psych 254: Psychology of Gender
  • Advisees, Grad Students, Researchers Brenda Celina Gutierrez, Tess Avril Shirefley, Abigail Walsh, Christine Elliana Michelle Starr, Timea Farkas

Summary of Expertise

The developmental and social psychology of gender and sexism in childhood and adulthood. 

Research Interests

The origins and consequences of gender inequities across the lifespan, including: 

  • * sexist attitudes and experiences with sexism from childhood into adulthood
  • * self-concepts, social identities, and stereotyping during gender development
  • * intersections of gender and racial-ethnic identities
  • * gender, language, and social interaction
  • * impact of gender stereotyping and sexual harassment in schools on academic motivation (including STEM fields)
  • * meta-analysis and integrative reviews

Please see Professor Leaper's personal web page for more information.

Biography, Education and Training

Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
B.A., Boston University

Honors, Awards and Grants

   * Martin M. Chemers Award for Outstanding Research (2021)

   * Distinguished Professor (2020-on)

   * Fellow, Society for Personality and Social Psychology (2019-on)

   * Golden Apple Teaching Award (2010)

   * Fellow, Association for Psychological Science (2007-on)

Selected Publications

  •      Gutierrez, B. C., & Leaper, C. (2021). Reconstructing culture: A latent profile analysis of Mexican-heritage young women's cultural practices, gender values, and ethnic identity. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychologyhttps://doi.org/10.1037/cdp0000515
  •      Leaper, C. (2021). Origins and consequences of childhood gender segregation: Towards an integrative developmental systems model. In D. P. VanderLaan & W. I. Wong (Eds.), Gender and sexuality development. New York: Springer. 
  •      Leaper, C., Gutierrez, B. C., & Farkas, T. (2020). Ambivalent sexism and reported relationship qualities in emerging adult heterosexual dating couples. Emerging Adulthood.  https://doi.org/10.1177/2167696820934687
  •     Leaper, C., & Starr, C. R. (2019). Helping or hindering undergraduate women's STEM motivation: Experiences with STEM support, STEM-related gender bias, and sexual harassment. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 43(2), 165-183.   https://doi.org/10.1177/0361684318806302
  •     Leaper, C. & Brown, C. S. (2018). Sexism in childhood and adolescence: Recent trends and advances in research. Child Development Perspectives, 12, 10-15.   https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/cdep.12247
  •     Leaper, C., & Bigler, R. S. (2018). Societal causes and consequences of gender-typing of children's toys. In E. S. Weisgram & L. M. Dinella (Eds.), Gender-typing of children’s toys: How early play experiences impact development (pp. 287-308). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/0000077-013