Geoffrey Lawrence Cohen

Professor (by courtesy), Organizational Behavior

Geoffrey Lawrence Cohen

Professor of Organizational Behavior (by courtesy)

James G. March Professor of Organizational Studies in Education and Business, Graduate School of Education
Professor of Psychology, School of Humanities and Sciences
Lecturer in Management
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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

Xingyu Li, Miaozhe Han, Geoffrey Lawrence Cohen, Hazel Rose Markus
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
March 16, 2021 Vol. 118 Issue 11
Stephanie L. Reeves, Marlone D. Henderson, Geoffrey Lawrence Cohen, Rebecca R. Steingut, Quinn Hirschi, David S. Yeager
Journal of Personality & Social Psychology
2021 Vol. 120 Issue 1 Pages 1–15
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


Geoffrey Lawrence Cohen
W. W. Norton & Company
September 2022

Insights by Stanford Business

August 08, 2023
In this episode, Geoffrey Cohen shares how communication can help us find the connection we crave and need.
November 22, 2022
Geoffrey Cohen talks about what’s driving us apart and how to rebuild our connections with each other.
January 09, 2019
A Stanford research team will harness computer learning to root out the many causes of poverty — and suggest precise solutions.
June 05, 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 02, 2012
Research shows that modest school interventions can help raise grades and improve health and happiness.