Kevin Ochsner

Professor of Psychology

Columbia University

Director of Graduate Studies in Psychology

Columbia University

Kevin Ochsner received his bachelor's degree summa cum laude in psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his Masters degree and Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard University. He has also received postdoctoral training in social psychology at Harvard and functional neuroimaging at Stanford University.

He currently is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Psychology at Columbia University. Kevin's research interests include the psychological and neural processes involved in emotion, self-control, and person perception. All of his work employs a social cognitive neuroscience approach that seeks to integrate the theories and methods of social psychology on the one hand, and cognitive neuroscience on the other.

Kevin is a recipient of the Young Investigator Award from The Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Columbia University’s Lenfest Distinguished Faculty Award, and the APA Division 3 New Investigator Award. In 2010 Kevin was identified as 27th most cited Social Psychologist of all time, corrected for stage of career, in an article on citation impact by Nosek et al. published in PSPB.  In 2008 Kevin was identified as the most cited Assistant Professor in Social Psychology in an article published in SPSP’s Diologue.

Along with Sarah Wolley, Kevin is Co-Director of the Psychology Undergraduate Honors Program.  His teaching includes seminars on social cognitive neuroscience as well as a lecture course on experimental psychological methods for studying emotion and social cognition.