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Bill Klein

Bill Klein

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I have research interests in social comparison, self-affirmation, unrealistic optimism, risk perception, health behavior, pluralistic ignorance, health communication, and motivated reasoning. In my most recent work, I have been interested in how self-affirmation reduces defensiveness in response to threatening health messages.

I currently direct the Behavioral Research Program at the National Cancer Institute, a program that conducts and supports behavioral science research relevant to health outcomes (

Primary Interests:

  • Health Psychology
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Motivation, Goal Setting
  • Self and Identity
  • Social Cognition

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Bill Klein
National Cancer Institute
9609 Medical Center Drive
Rockville, Maryland 20850
United States

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