Alec Stinnett

Assistant Professor in Psychology
Rm 133 Center for Science & Business (309) 457-2311


I received my Ph.D. from Texas Tech University in Experimental Psychology and Psychological Methods/Analysis. I like research, statistics, brief biographic blurbs, and alliterations.


My research focuses on moral psychology—especially free will beliefs—and latent variable modeling.


B.A. – Northern Illinois University
M.S. – Western Illinois University
Ph.D. – Texas Tech University

Courses Taught

PSYC 201 – Research Methods I: Statistics
PSYC 202 – Research Methods II: Design and Synthesis
PSYC 240 – Personality
PSYC 415 – Readings in Psychology

Selected Work

Stinnett, A. J., Martin, H. K., & Alquist, J. L. (2023). Cheap shots: Victim blaming in the context of COVID-19. Current Psychology, 1-11.

Stinnett, A. J., Rodriguez, J. E., Littlefield, A. K., & Alquist, J. L. (2022). Distinguishing free will from moral responsibility when measuring free will beliefs: the FWS-II. Philosophical Psychology, 1-27.

Stinnett, A. J. & Alquist, J. L. (2022). Consider the tumor: Brain tumors decrease punishment via perceptions of free will. Philosophical Psychology, 36(1), 162-185.

Martin, H. K., Stinnett, A. J., Rodriguez, J. E., Holmes, H. L., Alquist, J. L., & Uziel, L. (2022). Locked down and divided: Political orientation moderates the effects of considering future lockdown on institutional trust and intended adherence. Current Psychology, 1-4.

Brown, J. K., Hohman, Z. P., Niedbala, E. M., & Stinnett, A. J. (2021). Sweating the big stuff: Arousal and stress as functions of self-uncertainty and identification. Psychophysiology, 58(8), 1-13.


Rodriguez, J. E., Holmes, H. L., Alquist, J. L., Uziel, L., & Stinnett, A. J. (2021). Self-controlled responses to COVID-19: Self-control and uncertainty predict responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Current Psychology, 1-15.