Stephen Ceci


Stephen Ceci

Helen L. Carr Professor of Developmental Psychology
G80, Martha Van Rensselaer Hall
Phone: (607) 255-0828 Fax: 607 255-9856
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Curriculum Vitae
Biographical Statement:

I am the author of  approximtately 450 articles, books, commentaries, reviews, and chapters—many in the premier journals of the field. According to Google Scholar, my work has been cited ~ 30,100 times and my h-index=73, i10=232, with ~40 publicatiosn each citedover 100 times. I have given hundreds of invited addresses and keynote speeches around the world (Harvard, Cambridge University, Oxford, Yale, Princeton, University of Rome, University of Oslo, Max Plank Institutes in both Munich and Berlin).  I have served on the Advisory Board of the National Science Foundation for seven years (the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences), and was a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Board of Behavioral and Sensory Sciences for six years. My major honors and scientific awards include:

  • In 2000 the American Academy of Forensic Psychology's Lifetime Distinguished Contribution Award,
  • In 2002, the American Psychological Association's Division of Developmental Psychology awarded me its Lifetime Award for Science and Society
  • In 2003 Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award for the Application of Psychology (shared with Elizabeth F. Loftus), and
  • In 2005 I received the Association for Psychological Science's highest scientific award, the James McKeen Cattell Award at its annual meeting in L.A.
  • In 2013 The Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) gave me its lifetime distinguished contribution award (Seattle, WA).  Cornell Chronicle Story 
  • In 2014 I recevied the SUNY Award for Research; 2002 SUNY Award for Teaching
  • In 2015 I was the recipient of the American Psychological Association's E. L. Thorndike Award for lifetime contribution to empirical and theoretical psychology (see story at:

I have appeared frequently in the national and international media, including: ABC's 20/20 (twice), NBC’s Dateline (twice), ABC’s Nightline, ABC’s Good Morning America, ABC’s Primetime Live (twice), PBS’s Frontline (twice), CBS’s 48 Hours, PBS’s McNeil-Lehrer NewsHour, BBC (three times), CBC's Fifth Estate, and numerous magazines and newspapers including the Wall Street Journal (twice), The New York Times (four times), The  New Yorker (three times), The Washington Post (three times), Time Magazine (twice), Newsweek (twice), The London Times, and Reader's Digest.  I am past president of the Society for General Psychology, and I currently serve on 9 editorial boards, including Scientific American Mind; I am a senior advisor to several journals.

Teaching and Advising Statement:

My co-instructors and I have continued to draw on the fiunding from grants from the Povost's Fund for MOOC development ($20,000) and from Google, Inc.($50,000) to transform HD 2580--Six Pretty Good Books--into an online course. We have finished filming and  editing for the  coming year but we are "populating" the course shell with materials (TED talks, online eviwes, etc.). We anticipate this course being ready for online viewers in August, 2017.


Advisees can arrange apponntments TBA by emailing me:


As far as mentoring, I invite a large number of HD majors to participate in my lab. I mentor these students, not only in the context of my lab but in advising them about post-Cornell transitions, such as wiritng letters for fellowships and grad schools. In the Fall, 2016 I invited 7 undergrads to earn credits in my lab and in the Spring 2017 I invited 8 students.

Current Professional Activities:

I serve on several national and international scientific advisory boards, and I currently sit on 11 editorial boards of journals, co-direct the Cornell institute for Women in Science (CIWS), and supervise 5 graduate students and am a minor member of 4 others. I review for many journals and granting agencies.


I currently serve on the following 11 editorial boards:

1. Scientific American Mind

2. Applied Cognitive Psychology

3. Applied Developmental Psychology

4. Perspectives in Child Development

5. International Journal of Intelligence

6. Archives of Sceintific Psychology

7. Developmental Review

8. Psychology, Public Policy & Law

9. Psychological Science int he Public Interest

10. JEP: Applied

11. Psychological Bulletin

Current Research Activities:

My research activities involve three lines of inquiry, each of which generated multiple new publications during 2016. These three lines are: 1) children & the law (suggestibility, competence to testify, deception, coerced confessions), 2) women and science (sex discrimination in hiring, mentoring, stereotypes), and 3) intellectual development (cross-cultural influences, schooling, intelligence, cognitive sex differences, and achievement gaps). In my women-in-science research with Wendy Williams, we published several new articles and an ebook (in press). In addition, I conducted and published multiple experiments on children's testimonial competence (with members of my lab group).  And I published several articles/chapters on intellectual development. 

Current Public Engagement Activities:

I have two lines of extension activity -- children and the law and women in science. 

During 2016 Wendy Williamd and I made a research video describing our 2015 PNAS findigns that was posted this year on YouTube, which brings the total number of research videos to 19. In addition, I made one more video and curriculum for my MOOC which is intended as outreach for Cornell alums. Our 19 women in science videos have ~40,000 downloads so far. Together, these videos and the accompannying curricula we wrote form the basis of an evidence-based outreach program on encouraging females and minorites to focus on scientific careers. 

My other extension acitivity was preparing and presenting a three-hour workshop for 150 Attorneys for Children (formerly called law guardians). I did this at the behest of the New York State Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department.


  • Ph.D 1978 - University. of Exeter, England - Developmental Psychology
  • M.A. 1975 - University of Pennsylvania - Developmental Psychol
  • B.A. 1973 - University of Delaware General Psychology

Courses Taught:
  • HD2580, Fall (75 students)
  • HD 4580, Fall (14 students)
  • HD 4010, Fall, (6 students)
  • HD 4010, Spring,  (7 students)
  • HD 4929 (1 student)
  • HD 4990, Fall (1 students)
  • HD 4010, Fall & Spring combined  (6 students)
  • Gave guest lectures during Spring 15 in Andrea Mooney's Law School course and Valerie Hans law course
  • HD 7010, 2 in Spring and 1 in Fall
  • HD 7000, 1 in Fall
  • HD 7990, 2 Spring

Related Websites:

Wendy Williams and I maintain our institute's web page:

Cornell Institute for Women in Science


I also maintain and update my lab web page:


Administrative Responsibilities:

I  continue co-direct the Cornell Institute for Women in Science (CIWS). I lead a large lab (chair 5 graduate students and numerous undergraduate research assistants), and I currently serve on eleven editorial boards. I also chaired Grad Admissions during 2016 and serve on the executive Committee. And I continued to serve on the Vice Provost's Commission on University Courses, plus serve on the Bronfenbrenner Conference Committee.And I chaired the HD Futures Committee. Finally, I chaired the SOcial Network search.


Selected Publications:

Among my 450-plus publications, here is a sample spanning the various areas I research:

Ceci, S. J., Ginther, D. K., Kahn, S., & Williams, W.M. (2014). Women in Academic Science: A Changing Landscape. Psychological Science in the Public Interest. DOI:10.1177/1529100614541236;15/3/75 DOI:10.1177/1529100614541236

Ceci, S. J. &  Williams, W.M.  (2010). The mathematics of sex: How biology and society conspite to limit talented women and girls.  NY: Oxford University Press.

Ceci, S. J. & Williams, W.M. (2010). Sex Differences in Math-Intensive Fields. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 19(5), 275-279.

Williams, W.M. & Ceci, S. J. (2015). National hiring experiments reveal 2-to-1 preference for women on STEM tenure track. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,  112 no. 17, 5360-5365.; DOI:10.1073/pnas.1418878112

Ceci, S. J. & Williams, W.M. (2011). Understanding Current Causes of Women's Underrepresentation in Science. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108, doi:10.1073/pnas.1103900108 . (TWIP: This Week in PNAS; cover story article)

Klemfuss, J. Z. & Ceci, S. J. (2012).  Legal and psychological on children’s competence to testify in court.  Developmental Review, 32, 268-286.

Ceci, S. J., Williams, W. M., & Barnett, S. M. (2009). Women’s underrepresentation in science:  Sociocultural and biological considerations.  Psychological Bulletin, 135, 218-261.

Ceci, S.J., Papierno, P.B., & Kulkofsky, S.C. (2007). Representational constraints on children's suggestibility.  Psychological Science, 18, 503-509.

Ceci, S.J., Fitneva, S. A., & Williams, W. M. (2010). Representational Constraints on the Development of Memory and Metacognition: A Developmental-Representational-Theory. Psychological Review, 117, 464-495.


Ceci, S. J. & Bruck, M. (2006). Children’s Suggestibility: Characteristics and Mechanisms.  Advances in Child Development and Behavior, 34, 247-281.


Kanaya, T., Ceci, S. J. Scullin, M. (2005). Age differences within secular IQ trends: An individual growth modeling approach. Intelligence, 33, 613-621.

Principe, G., Kanaya, T., Ceci, S. J., & Singh, M. (2006).  Believing is seeing: How rumors can engender false memories in Preschoolers. Psychological Science, 17, 243-248.

Ceci, S. J., Kahan, D. M. & Broman, D. (2010). The WEIRD Are Even Weirder Than You Think: Diversifying contexts is as important as diversifying samples.  Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

Ceci, S.J., Williams, W. M., & Mueller-Johnson, K. (2006). Is tenure justified? An experimental study of faculty beliefs about tenure, promotion, and academic freedom. Behavioral & Brain Sciences, 29, 1-39.

Ceci, S.J. & Papierno, P.B. (2005). The rhetoric and reality of gap-closing: When the “have-nots” gain, but the “haves” gain even more. American Psychologist, 60, 149-160.

Rindermann, H. & Ceci, S. J. (2009). Educational policy and country outcomes in international cognitive competence studies. Perspectives in Psychological Science, 4, 551-577.

Neisser, U., U., Boodoo, G., Bouchard, T., Brody, N., Ceci, S. J., Halpern, D., Loehlin, J., Perloff, R., Sternberg, R. J., & Urbina, S. (1996).  Intelligence: Knowns  and unknowns.
  American Psychologist, 51, 1-25.

Ceci, S. J. & Williams, W.M. (2009, Feb. 12). Commentary: Should scientists study race, gender, and IQ? Nature, 457, 788-789.

Brainerd, C. J., Reyna, V. F., & Ceci, S. J. (2008). Developmental Reversals in False Memory: A Review of Data and Theory.  Psychological Bulletin, 134, 334-375.

Brainerd, C., Reyna, V.F., Ceci, S.J., & Holliday, R.E. (2008). Developmental reversals in false memory: Reply to Ghetti (2008) and Howe (2008).  Psychological Bulletin, 134.

London, K. & Ceci, S. J. (Eds.) (2012). Special Issue: Child Witness Research. Developmental Review, Volume 32, Issue 3, 161-306.

London, K. & Ceci, S. J. (Eds.) (2012). Special Issue: Child Witness Research. Developmental Review, Volume 32, Issue 3, Pages 161-306.

Ceci, S. J. & Williams, W. M. (Eds.) (2007). Why aren't more women  in science? Top researchers  debate the evidence. Washington DC: APA Books.

Valla, J. & Ceci, S. J. (2011). Can Sex Differences in Science Be Tied to the Long Reach of Prenatal Hormones?: Brain Organization Theory, Digit Ratio (2D/4D), and Sex Differences in Preferences and Cognition.  Perspectives in Psychological Science, 6, 134-146.

Bronfenbrenner, U. & Ceci, S. J. (1994).  Nature-nurture in developmental perspective: A bioecological theory. Psychological Review, 101, 568-586.

Kanaya, T., Scullin, M. & Ceci, S. J. (2003). The Flynn Effect and U.S. Policies. The Impact of Rising IQ Scores on American Society Via Mental Retardation Diagnoses. American Psychologist, Vol. 58, No. 10, 778-790.


Valla, J., Williams, W., & Ceci, S. J. (2011). The accuracy of inferences about criminality based on facial appearance. Journal of Social, Evolutionary, and Cultural Psychology, 5(1), 66-91.







Scullin, M. H. & Ceci, S. J. (2001). A suggestibility scale for children.  Personality & Individual Differences, 30, 843-856.

Barnett, S. M. & Ceci, S. J. (2002). When and Where do we apply what we learn?  A taxonomy for far transfer. Psychological Bulletin, Vol. 128(4), 612-637.

Williams, W.M. & Ceci, S.J. (2012). When scientists choose motherhood. American Scientist. 100, 138-145.

Selected Keywords:
children and the law, intelligence, life in the academy, women in science, sex differences, memory

The information on this bio page is taken from the CHE Annual Report.