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Deborah Prentice is a scholar of psychology and a university administrator. She serves as provost at Princeton University and Alexander Stewart 1886 Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs. Prentice began at Princeton in 1988, becoming assistant professor in 1989. Prior to becoming provost on July 1, 2017, Prentice served as Dean of the Faculty from 2014 to 2017. Her research focuses on the social norms. Her pioneering work on pluralistic ignorance applied to college campus alcohol use is a foundation of numerous campus Alcohol education and bystander intervention programs.
Prentice is married with three children.
- "Pluralistic ignorance and alcohol use on campus: Some consequences of misperceiving the social norm" with D.T. Miller, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 64(2): 243–256. doi:10.1037/0022-3522.214.171.124 http://psycnet.apa.org/doiLanding?doi=10.1037%2F0022-35126.96.36.199
- "What women and men should be, shouldn't be, are allowed to be, and don't have to be: The contents of prescriptive gender stereotypes" with E. Carranza, Psychology of Women Quarterly, 26 (2002), 269-281.
- "Essentializing differences between women and men" with D.T. Miller, Psychological Science, 17 (2006), 129-135.
- (2006). "On the distinction between acting like an individual and feeling like an individual" in T. Postmes & J. Jetten (eds.) Individuality and the group: Advances in social identity (37-55). (Sage Publications, 2006).
- "Mobilizing and weakening peer influence as mechanisms for changing behavior: Implications for alcohol intervention programs" in M. J. Prinstein & K. A. Dodge (eds.) Understanding peer influence in children and adolescents (161-180). (Guilford, 2008).
- "The psychology of social norms and the promotion of human rights" in R. Goodman, D. Jinks, & A. K. Woods (eds.), Understanding social action, promoting human rights (Oxford University Press, in press).
- Benedict, Catherine (February 8, 2017). "Q & A with Deborah Prentice, Incoming U. Provost". The Princetonian. Retrieved 2018-08-20.
- "Deborah A. Prentice | Provost". provost.princeton.edu. Retrieved 2018-08-20.
- "Department of Psychology". psych.princeton.edu. Princeton University. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
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