Meg Gerrard

Research Professor

Psychological Sciences


Ph.D., 1974, University of Texas at Austin



Visit Meg Gerrard’s Google Scholar page for recent publications. 


Gerrard, M., Gibbons, F.X., Fleischli, M., Cutrona, C.E., & Stock, M.L. (2017). Moderation of the effect of stress-induced affective responses to discrimination on health outcomes. Psychology and Health, 32. DOI: 10.1080/08870446.2017.1314479Gibbons, F.X. & Gerrard, M. (2016). Reactions to the meta-analyses of the Prototype-Willingness Model. Health Psychology Review (10), 44-46. DOI: 10.1080/17437199.2015.1116020Gibbons, F.X., Kingsbury, J.H., Wills, T.A., Finneran, S.D., Dal Cin, S., Gerrard, M. (2016). Impulsivity Moderates the Effects of Movie Alcohol Portrayals on Adolescents’ Willingness to Drink. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 30 (3), 325-334. DOI: 10.1037/adb0000178Gibbons, F.X., Stock, M.L.,

Gerrard, M., & Finneran, S. (2015). The Prototype – Willingness Model. In. M Conner & P. Norman (Eds.) Predicting and changing health behaviour: Research and practice with social cognition models. (3rd Ed.; pp. 189 – 224). Berkshire, UK: Open University Press.

Beach, S.R.H., Gerrard, M., Gibbons, F.X., Brody, G.H., & Philibert, R.A. (2015). A role for epigenetics in broadening the scope of pediatric care in the prevention of adolescent smoking. Epigenetic Diagnosis & Therapy, 1(2), 91-97. DOI: 10.2174/2214083201999140320153918

Stock, M. L., Gibbons, F. X., Beekman, J. B., & Gerrard, M. (2015). It only takes once: The absent-exempt heuristic and reactions to comparison-based sexual risk information. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 109(1), 35-52. DOI:10.1037/a0039277

Kingsbury, J.H., Gibbons, F.X., & Gerrard, M. (2015). The effects of social and health consequence framing on heavy drinking intentions among college students. British Journal of Health Psychology, 20(1), 212-220. DOI: 10.1111/bjhp.12100

Roberts, M.E., Gibbons, F.X., Gerrard, M., & Kingsbury, J.H. (2014). Not intending but somewhat willing: The influence of visual primes on risky sex decisions. British Journal of Health Psychology, 19(3), 553-565. DOI: 10.1111/bjhp.12055

Gibbons, F.X., Kingsbury, J.H., Weng, C.-Y., Gerrard, M., Cutrona, C.E., Wills, T.A., & Stock, M.L. (2014). Effects of perceived racial discrimination on health status and health behavior: A differential mediation hypothesis. Health Psychology, 33, 11-19 (for a special issue on racial discrimination and health). DOI: 10.1037/a0033857

Stock, M.L., Gibbons, F.X., Gerrard, M., Houlihan, A.E., Simons, R.L. & Weng, C.-Y. (2013). Racial identification, racial composition, and substance use vulnerability among African American adolescents and young adults. Health Psychology, 32, 237-247. DOI: 10.1037/a0030149

Stock, M.L., Gibbons, F.X, Peterson, L.M., & Gerrard, M. (2013). The effects of racial discrimination on the HIV-risk cognitions and behaviors of Black adolescents and young adults. Health Psychology, 32, 543-550 (special issue on social psychology theory and health behavior). DOI:

O’Hara, R.E., Gibbons, F.X., Li, Z., Gerrard, M., & Sargent, J.D. (2013). Specificity of early movie effects on adolescent sexual behavior and alcohol use. Social Science & Medicine, 96, 200-207. DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2013.07.032

Roberts, M.E., Gibbons, F.X., Gerrard, M., Weng, C.-Y., Murry, V.M., Simons, L.G., Simons, R.L., & Lorenz, F.O. (2012). From racial discrimination to risky sex: Prospective relations involving peers and parents. Developmental Psychology, 48, 89-102. DOI: 10.1037/a0025430

O’Hara, R.E., Gibbons, F.X., Weng, C-Y., Gerrard, M., & Simons, R.L. (2012) Perceived racial discrimination as a barrier to college attendance for African Americans: Mediation by academic orientation and expectations Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 38, 77-89. DOI: 10.1177/0146167211420732

Gibbons, F.X., Roberts, M.E., Gerrard, M., Li, Z., Beach, S.R.H., Simons, R.L., Weng, C-Y., & Philibert, R.A. (2012). The impact of stress on the life history strategies of African American adolescents: Cognitions, genetic moderation, and the role of discrimination. Developmental Psychology, 48, 722-739 (special issue on evolutionary-developmental psychology). DOI: 10.1037/a0026599

Gibbons, F.X., O’Hara, R.E., Stock, M.L., Gerrard, M., Weng, C-Y., Wills, T.A. (2012). The erosive effects of racism: Reduced self-control mediates the relation between perceived racial discrimination and substance use in African American adolescents. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 102, 1089-1104. DOI: 10.1037/a0027404

Gerrard, M., Stock, M.L., Roberts, M.E., Gibbons, F.X., O’Hara, R.E., Weng, C-Y & Wills, T.A. (2012). Coping with racial discrimination: The role of substance use. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 26, 55 -560. DOI: 10.1037/a0027711

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