Danu Anthony Stinson

Danu Anthony Stinson
Office: COR A272

PhD 2007 (University of Waterloo) joined Department in 2010

Area of expertise

Social psychology

How do people evaluate their social worth? Why do some people form new relationships easily while others struggle? How do people cope with self-threats like rejection and social stigma? Can people unlearn internalized stigma? Together with her students and collaborators, Dr. Stinson uses social-psychological science to answer these and other important questions about the ways in which important aspects of the self – like self-esteem, self-concept, and identity – shape, and are shaped by, people’s close relationships and the communities to which they belong. 


  • Social psychology, interpersonal relationships and the self

Recent publications

Cameron, J.J. & Stinson, D.A. (2022). Ethical gender/sex measurement in Canadian research. Canadian Psychology/Psychology Canadienne. https://doi.org/10.1037/cap0000334

Stinson, D.A., Cameron, J.J., & Hoplock, L.B. (2022). The friends-to-lovers pathway to romance: Prevalent, preferred, and overlooked by science. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 13, 562-571. https://doi.org/10.1177/19485506211026992  

Sturgess, C.M.B. & Stinson, D.A. (2022). Fat embodiment for resistance and healing from weight stigma. Body Image, 41, 52-57. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2022.02.007   

Hoplock, L.B. & Stinson, D.A. (2022). Rules of engagement: A content analysis of accepted and rejected marriage proposals. Journal of Family Psychology, 36, 258-267. https://doi.org/10.1037/fam0000903  

Stinson, D.A., Hoplock, L.B., & Huang, E.T. (2021). The tell-tale heart: Self-esteem, arousal, and relationship initiation. Self and Identity. https://doi.org/10.1080/15298868.2021.1992494  

Stinson, D.A., Desgrosseilliers, E., & Cameron, J.J. (2021) Homeostasis, Interrupted: Living with and Recovering from a Stigmatized Identity, Psychological Inquiry32, 253-259, https://doi.org/10.1080/1047840X.2021.2004822

Fisher, A.N., Stinson, D.A., Wood, J.V., Holmes, J.G., & Cameron, J.J. (2021). Singlehood and attunement of self-esteem to friendships. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 12, 1326-1334. https://doi.org/10.1177/1948550620988460

Fisher, A.N. & Stinson, D.A. (2020). Ambivalent attraction: Beauty determines whether men romantically desire or dismiss high-status women. Personality and Individual Differences, 154, 109681. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2019.109681

Cameron, J. J. & Stinson, D. A. (2019). Gender (mis)measurement: Guidelines for respecting gender diversity in psychological research. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 13, e12506. https://doi.org/10.1111/spc3.12506