Howard University

Social Psychology Area


Social Area Faculty : Dr. Barden | Dr. ColeDr. Sloan

Jamie Barden is an Associate Professor at Howard University. He has been with the faculty since receiving his Ph.D. from Ohio State University in 2005.

His research focuses on the diverse processes underlying evaluative judgments, ranging from the least thoughtful automatic processes to the most thoughtful meta-cognitive processes. A second theme reflects his interest in the processes and biases that result from placing the self and others into social categories. Much of his research reflects the intersection of these themes.  He is currently investigating contextual influences on automatically activated racial attitudes, perceived thought as a determinant of attitude certainty, and ingroup bias in judging the hypocrisy of others. Dr. Barden’s publications include empirical articles in the top journals in social psychology and chapters in edited volumes. His research has been supported by the American Psychological Foundation and Howard University.

Contact information: Dr. Barden’s Page, Barden Lab,, 202-806-9451.

Angela P. Cole
, Chair of the Department,  is an Associate Professor at Howard University in the Department of Psychology.  She earned her B.S. (1994) in psychology, with a minor in mathematics, at Howard and her Ph.D. (1999) in cognitive psychology at Stanford University.  She was a post-doctoral fellow from 1999-2001 in the Research Center for Group Dynamics at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research.  She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Research Methods, Statistics, Experimental Psychology, Decision Making, and Social Psychology.  Her research focuses on information-processing models of decision making, social justice, and terror management theory; and members of her research laboratory are actively engaged in projects investigating the impact of values, social justice considerations, and group identity on decision making in areas varying from manmade and natural disasters to intimate relationships to criminal trials.  She has been awarded research support in the form of grants and/ or fellowships from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the American Psychological Association, the Department of Homeland Security, and Howard University; and currently serves as Co-PI for the NSF-funded Atlantic Coast Social Behavioral and Economic Sciences Alliance (AC-SBE) and director of the AC-SBE Alliance’s Summer Writing Institute. 

Contact information:,
202-806-6805 (office), 202-806-6716 (lab).

Lloyd Ren Sloan
is Graduate Professor of Psychology and NIMH Research Training Program Director (COR Program) at Howard University. He received his baccalaureate from the University of Texas (mathematics and psychology) and his Ph.D. in Social Psychology at the Ohio State University where he also served as a Postdoctoral Fellow. His research at OSU included political media impacts on attitude change and decision-making, attribution, social judgment and mechanisms underlying human and animal sociability. Dr. Sloan’s initial faculty position was at the University of Notre Dame where his research interests expanded to include judgments of hypocritical behaviors, violent media impacts on judgment, and group success (especially in sports) influences on affect and self and group identity. His enduring interest in the attractions of, and identity impacts of, sports for fans led to exciting research both at Notre Dame and in his current position at Howard University. Dr. Sloan’s other key research interests include the causes and consequences of Stereotype Threat’s detrimental effects on stereotyped group members performance, stereotypes and evaluations of persons belonging to multiple categories, ostracism and social exclusion, social and personal trait relationships to health and mental health, social cognition and its interactions with affect/arousal, time orientation influences on behavior, social biases in judgments of justice across cultural groups. Scholarship includes edited books, chapters, articles and numerous abstracts and presentations and he has held grants from NIH, the Department of Education and private foundations.

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