Professor & Department Chair, Psychology Department
Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles
B.A., Boston University

University of California, Santa Cruz
Department of Psychology
1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064

Psychology Department is located in Social Sciences 2
Faculty Office: Room 355 
Department Chair Office: Room 258

Phone: 831-459-5084 (message only)


Campbell Leaper is a developmental and social psychologist who investigates gender and sexism during childhood, adolescence, and adulthood (see "Research Interests" below and Research link for more information). 

Professor Leaper advises and collaborates with graduate students in the developmental psychology program. If you are interested in applying, please send an email to Professor Leaper to see if he anticipates any openings. If so, please include a brief description of your background and research interests. 

For information on current and former graduate students as well as former undergraduate students working with Professor Leaper, please go to Students page. Also, a photo album of current and former students working in Professor Leaper's lab can be found at the Photo Album

Research Interests

(See Research page for more information about ongoing projects)

  • Social construction and socialization of gender in childhood, adolescence, and adulthood
  • Sexist attitudes and experiences with sexism
  • Gender ideologies
  • Self-concept and personal identity
  • Social identity; intersection of gender and other social identities
  • Language and social interaction
  • Peer groups, friends, families, and other social relationships
  • Gender bias in the schools
  • Girls, women, and underrepresented students in STEM
  • Academic and athletic achievement
  • Representations of gender in the media

Professor Leaper also organizes and co-chairs the biennial Gender Development Research Conference, which is held every two years in San Francisco.



In the News

MBG Mindfulness (2019, Mar 26). "Men and women tend to approach conversations differently--here's how."
Washington Post
(2018, Oct 4), "Beyond ‘no means no’: What most parents aren’t teaching their sons about sexual consent." 
New York Times
(2018, June 1), "In the #MeToo Era, raising boys to be good guys." 
Yahoo! News (2017, Dec 19), "Should boys play with dolls?
Slate (2017, Nov 6), "Sexism starts in childhood."
New York Times
(2017, June 2), "How to raise a feminist son."
USA Today
(2017, Mar 13), "Gender reveals: Insanely popular — and also outdated?"
Slate (2016, Nov 23), "Parenting advice for the Trump era."
Psychology Today (2014, May 28). "#YesAllGirls too." 
BBC News (2013, Nov 12), "Prattle of the sexes: Do women talk more than men?"
Santa Cruz Sentinel (2013, Jan 21), "UCSC psychology study reveals students have traditional marriage preferences."
Jezebel (2012, Dec 4), "Nobody wants heterosexual women to propose marriage (including heterosexual women)." 
CBS News (2008, May 15), "Sexual harassment a hurdle for teen girls." 
NPR (2008, Jan 31). "Yo! Baltimore kids create a pronoun." 
New York Times (2007, July 20), "The mythical chat gap." 
Washington Post (2007, July 15), "Who does the talking here?"