Geoffrey Lawrence Cohen

Geoffrey Lawrence Cohen
Professor (by courtesy), Organizational Behavior
Contact Info
James G. March Professor of Organizational Studies in Education and Business, Graduate School of Education
Professor of Psychology, School of Humanities and Sciences
Academic Area: 
Organizational Behavior

Research Statement

Professor Cohen's research examines processes related to identity maintenance and their implications for social problems. One primary aim of his research is the development of theory-driven, rigorously tested intervention strategies that further our understanding of the processes underpinning social problems and that offer solutions to alleviate them. Two key questions lie at the core of his research: “Given that a problem exists, what are its underlying processes?” And, “Once identified, how can these processes be overcome?” One reason for this interest in intervention is his belief that a useful way to understand psychological processes and social systems is to try to change them. He is also interested in how and when seemingly brief interventions, attuned to underlying psychological processes, produce large and long-lasting psychological and behavioral change.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD in Psychology, Stanford University, 1998
  • BA in Psychology, Cornell University, 1992


Journal Articles

Parker Goyer, Geoffrey Lawrence Cohen, Jonathan Cook, Allison Master, Nancy Apfel, Wonhee Lee, Amelia Henderson, Stephanie Reeves, Jason Okonofua, Gregory Walton. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. August 2019, Vol. 117, Issue 2, Pages 229-259.
Rebecca Ferrer, Geoffrey Lawrence Cohen. Personality and Social Psychology Review. July 1, 2019, Vol. 23, Issue 3, Pages 285-304.
David S. Yeager, Valerie Purdie-Vaughns, Sophia Yang Hooper, Geoffrey Lawrence Cohen. Child Development . February 8, 2017.
Shannon T. Brady, Stephanie L. Reeves, Julio Garcia, Valerie Purdie-Vaughns, Jonathan E. Cook, Suzanne Taborsky-Barba, Sarah Tomasetti, Eden M. Davis, Geoffrey Lawrence Cohen. Journal of Educational Psychology. April 2016, Vol. 108, Issue 3, Pages 353-373.
Peter Belmi, Rodolfo Cortes Barragan, Margaret Ann Neale, Geoffrey Lawrence Cohen. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. April 2015, Vol. 41, Issue 4, Pages 467-484.

Insights by Stanford Business

January 9, 2019
A Stanford research team will harness computer learning to root out the many causes of poverty — and suggest precise solutions.
June 5, 2015
Even slight cues, like reading a negative stereotype about your race or gender, can have an impact.
May 21, 2012
Research shows that bolstering people's sense of well-being can motivate them to slim down or exercise more.
May 2, 2012
Research shows that modest school interventions can help raise grades and improve health and happiness.