Danu Anthony Stinson

Danu Anthony Stinson
Associate Professor
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

Representative publications

Hoplock, L.B. & Stinson, D.A. (2021). Rules of engagement: A content analysis of accepted and rejected marriage proposals. Journal of Family Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1037/fam0000903

Stinson, D.A., Cameron, J.J., & Hoplock, L.B. (2021). The friends-to-lovers pathway to romance: Prevalent, preferred, and overlooked by science. Social Psychological and Personality Science. https://doi.org/10.1177/19485506211026992

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

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

Stinson, A., Logel, C., Shepherd, S., & Zanna, M.P. (2011) Rewriting the self-fulfilling prophecy of social rejection: Self-affirmation improves relational security and social behavior up to 2 months later. Psychological Science, 22, 1145-1149. https://doi.org/10.1177/0956797611417725 

Anthony, D.B., Holmes, J.G., & Wood, J.V. (2007). Social acceptance and self-esteem: Tuning the sociometer to interpersonal value. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 92, 1024-1039. https://doi.org/10.1037/0022-3514.92.6.1024