Dr. Steven J. Heine (he/him/his) is Distinguished University Scholar and Professor of Social and Cultural Psychology at the University of British Columbia. Heine’s research has challenged key psychological assumptions in self-esteem, meaning, and the ways that people understand genetic constructs. He is the author of many journal articles and books in the fields of social and cultural psychology including Cultural Psychology, the top-selling textbook in the field. In 2016, he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
Dr. Heine is on sabbatical for the fall term of 2021.
Research interests include cultural psychology; the self; meaning; essentialistic thinking; inequality; pursuing a meaningful life.
Dr. Heine’s secondary research area is Health.
Heine, S. J. (under contract). Navigating the Absurd: The Science of Existentialism. New York: Basic Books.
Schmalor, A., & Heine, S. J. (in press). The construct of subjective inequality. Social Psychological and Personality Science.
Schmalor, A., Cheung, B. Y., & Heine, S. J. (2021). Exploring people’s thoughts about the causes of ethnic stereotypes. PLoS ONE, 16(1), e0245517.
Cheung, B. Y., Takemura, K., Ou, C., Gale, A., & Heine, S. J. (2021). Considering cross-cultural differences in sleep duration between Japanese and Canadian university students. PLoS One, 16(4), e0250671.
Heine, S. J. (2020). Cultural Psychology. 4th Edition. New York: Norton.
Randles, D., Benjamin, R. F., Martens, J. P., & Heine, S. J. (2018). Searching for answers in an uncertain world: Meaning threats lead to increased working memory capacity. PloS ONE, 13(10), e0204640.
Rutjens, B., Heine, S. J., Sutton, R., & Van Harreveld, F. (2018). Attitudes towards science. In J. Olson (Ed.), Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, Vol. 56 (pp. 125-165). Cambridge, MA: Academic Press.
Heine, S. J. (2017). DNA is Not Destiny: The Remarkable, Completely Misunderstood Relationship between You and Your Genes. New York: Norton.
- Outstanding Contributions to Cultural Psychology Award, 2020
- Sauder Distinguished Scholar, Sauder School of Business, 2017
- Royal Society of Canada Fellow (2016)
- Society of Experimental Social Psychology, Career Trajectory Award (2011)
- Association for Psychological Science Fellow (2009)
- Society for Personality and Social Psychology Fellow (2008)
- Killam Faculty Research Fellow (2006)
- Killam Faculty Research Prize (2005)
- UBC Alumni Award for Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (2005)
- Distinguished University Scholar (2004)
- Distinguished Scientist Early Career Award for Social Psychology, American Psychological
- International Society of Self and Identity Early Career Award (2002)
Dr. Heine will be accepting graduate students next year.