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Kristina Olson

Associate Professor

Degree From: Harvard University




Do I accept and train new psychology graduate students in general?
Am I accepting new graduate students in the upcoming year?
I am accepting graduate students in the 2019-2020
Advising Areas:
Developmental Social and Personality


My research focuses on the following topics within social cognitive development: gender nonconformity in childhood, prosocial behavior, understanding status and inequality, prejudice and discrimination.

Selected Publications

  • Olson, K.R., Durwood, L., DeMeules, M., & McLaughlin, K. A. (2016). Mental health of transgender children who are supported in their identities. Pediatrics, 137 (3), 1-8.
  • Olson, K.R., Key, A. C., & Eaton, N. R. Gender cognition in transgender children. Psychological Science, 26, 467-474.
  • Horwitz, S., Shutts, K., & Olson, K.R. Social class differences produce social group preferences. Developmental Science, 17, 991-1002.
  • Newheiser, A., & Olson, K. R. (2012). White and Black children’s implicit intergroup bias. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 264-270.
  • Olson, K. R., Shutts, K., Kinzler, K. D., & Weisman, K. G. (2012). Children associate racial groups with social class: Evidence from South Africa. Child Development, 83, 1884-1899.
  • Shaw, A., & Olson, K. R. (2012). Children discard a resource to avoid inequality. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 141, 382-395.

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