Todd Williams

Todd Williams

Associate Professor - Social Psychology

  • B.A., University of Alberta, Canada
  • Ph.D. (2009), University of Alberta, Canada

Office: 1307 Au Sable Hall

Phone: (616) 331-8976


Website: OURS Faculty SpotlightTodd Williams Spotlight - YouTube



Experimental Social Psychology

Courses Taught

PSY 101 - Introductory Psychology
PSY 300 - Research Methods in Psychology
PSY 360 - Social Psychology: Psychology's View
PSY 400 - Advanced Research in Psychology

Research Interests

My research interests are currently focused on examining:

1) The measurement and social consequences of Machiavellianism

2) The social and cognitive factors related to belief change and awareness of belief change

3) The effects of existential anxiety and contingent self-esteem on social behavior

Recent Publications

Wolfe, M. & Williams, T. J. (2017). Poor metacognitive awareness of belief change. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, TBA. DOI: 10.1080/17470218.2017.1363792

Wolfe, M. & Williams, T. J. (2017). Effects of text content and beliefs on informal argument evaluation. Discourse Processes, TBA. DOI: 10.1080/0163853X.2017.1319654

Hayes, J., Schimel, J., Williams, T. J., Howard, A., Webber, D. & Faucher, E. (2015). Worldview accommodation: Selectively modifying committed beliefs provides defense against worldview threat. Self and Identity. 14, 521 -548.

Williams, T. J., Schimel, J., Hayes, J. & Usta, M. (2014). Following and resisting body image ideals in advertising: The moderating role of extrinsic contingency focus. Self and Identity, 14, 398-418. DOI: 10.1080/15298868.2013.836133

Galen, L., Williams, T. J. & Ver Wey, A. (2014). Personality ratings are influenced by religious stereotype and group identity bias. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 24, 282-297. DOI:10.1080/10508619.2013.837658

Williams, T. J., Schimel, J., Hayes, J. & Faucher, E. (2012). The effects of existential threat on reading comprehension of worldview affirming and disconfirming information. European Journal of Social Psychology, 42, 602-616.

Williams, T. J., Schimel, J., Hayes, J. & Martens, A. (2010). The moderating role of extrinsic contingency focus on reactions to threat. European Journal of Social Psychology, 40, 300-320.

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