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Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Development


Kerri L. Johnson, Ph.D.
Professor, Departments of Communication and Psychology
Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Development

Kerri L. Johnson is a Professor in the Departments of Communication and Psychology. Prior to joining the AAPO as thAssociate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Development, she served two terms as chair of the Department of Communication and as the associate dean of research for the social sciences for 2022-23. During her time as chair, she established the Philanthropic Board of Visitors for the Department of Communication; established a doctoral program; began new efforts to engage alumni, increasing philanthropic giving by more than 400%; and secured endowments for several lectures and awards. Professor Johnson also initiated a Social Science Division partnership with Disney Research. Outside of UCLA, she was elected to the Executive Committee for the Society of Experimental Social Psychology, where she served a two-year term as president of the organization. Professor Johnson is currently serving as an elected member-at-large and incoming Secretary for the Federation of Associations in the Behavioral and Brain Sciences, an advocacy organization that works with law- and policy-makers to expand federal support for research in the behavioral and brain sciences. Professor Johnson earned her B.S. in education and M.A. in experimental psychology at the University of Central Oklahoma and her Ph.D. at Cornell University in personality and social psychology. Her research is at the forefront of the burgeoning field of Social Vision. She examines how perception of cues in the face and body impacts interpersonal judgments, behaviors, and biases. She has published widely on how such perception informs judgments ranging from politics, sexual orientation, and even religion, often documenting profound biases in how appearance impacts meaningful outcomes.

You may reach out to Kerri via email at or by phone at 310-206-5730.