Asuncion, Arlene G

Professor, Psychology




Preferred: (408) 924-5609


SPRING 2016  OFFICE HOURS:  TR 10:30 - 11:30 am & by appointment only


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of CA - Santa Barbara, 1993
    • Social/Personality Psychology -- Highest Honors


Dr. Arlene Asuncion earned her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1993. Dr. Asuncion was a faculty member at the University of Texas at Arlington before joining the faculty at San Jose State University in 1995.

Dr. Asuncion's current research focuses on peoples' stereotypes about and attitudes towards different social groups, including ethnic minorities and other stigmatized groups. She is particularly interested in how minority groups view themselves as well as each other. In addition to this research, Dr. Asuncion is interested in the influence of affective states on social information processing. This work primarily examines how perceivers' mood states impact their processing of persuasive messages and information about other individuals.

Professor Asuncion teaches courses in Social Psychology at both the graduate and undergraduate levels as well as an undergraduate course on the Psychology of Prejudice. She has served as Associate Chair of the department and as a departmental advisor for undergraduate psychology majors.