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Dr Pranjal Mehta
26 Bedford Way
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  • Associate Professor
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences

I completed my undergraduate studies in psychology at Williams College (Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA) and my Ph.D. in social and personality psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. After completing postdoctoral fellowships at Columbia University (New York, New York, USA) and Erasmus University/Radboud University (the Netherlands), I began an academic staff position at the University of Oregon where I was promoted to Associate Professor. I started at UCL in 2017.

Research Summary

Status hierarchies are a part of our everyday social interactions, and people with higher status such as leaders have greater access to resources and can have improved health outcomes. Stressful experiences are common in status hierarchies, but research on stress has traditionally been separate from research on social status and power. I study both of these topics together using tools and theories from social-personality psychology and behavioural neuroendocrinology. My research shows that hormones traditionally associated with status-seeking (testosterone) and stress (cortisol) interact with one another and the social context to regulate behaviours in status hierarchies, such as leadership behaviour, risky decision making, and group performance.

01-SEP-2017 Associate Professor Department of Psychology University of Oregon, United States
01-SEP-2011 – 31-AUG-2017 Assistant Professor Department of Psychology University of Oregon, United States
01-SEP-2010 – 31-AUG-2011 Postdoctoral Fellow Marketing Erasmus University, Netherlands
01-SEP-2008 – 31-AUG-2010 Postdoctoral Fellow School of Business Columbia University, United States
01-SEP-2007 – 31-AUG-2008 Postdoctoral Fellow Department of Psychology University of Texas at Austin, United States
Academic Background
2007   Doctor of Philosophy University of Texas at Austin
1999   Bachelor of Arts Williams College, MA
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