Christine Roland-Lévy

Christine Roland-Lévy attended school in France, England, Spain and the USA. This not only broadened her perspective on the world, but also provided her with multiple language skills. In terms of her university background, she obtained two Masters’ Degrees, summa cum laude: one in Pedagogy and one in Psychology. She continued onto her PhD studies, doing research both in France and in the US, for which she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship. She obtained her PhD in Social Psychology, in 1981 from the University of Paris 5 La Sorbonne. In 2002, she was qualified as full professor by the National Council of Universities, after acquiring her Habilitation for Research Supervision (HDR).

From 1982 to 1987, she had a researcher’s position at the University Paris Descartes. Since 1987, she has had a position, as a teacher and researcher in Psychology, in French universities; first as an Assistant Prof. (1987-1989), then as an Associate Prof. (1989-2008), both positions at the University of Paris 5 - Sorbonne. She then moved from Paris to Rheims, where she has a tenured position of Full Professor of Social Psychology (2008-to-date) at the University of Reims. Besides being the President of the Consortium of French Psychologists, an umbrella for all psychology associations in France, she is President-Elect (2014-2018) of the International Association of Applied Psychology, IAAP. She previously had the privilege of being President of 2 other international associations (International Association for Research in Economic Psychology, IAREP, 1997-1999; Children’s Identity & Citizenship European Association, CiCea, 2008-2010).

Her research projects focus around societal issues in the financial and economic context. The main theoretical keywords are social representations, socialization and conducts. Thus, Applied Psychology connecting social psychology and economic psychology around topics related to real life situations is at the center of her research projects. Among the various fields approached, one can mention elements connected to work and organizational psychology, among which are unemployment and retirement, as well as health and wellbeing in the workplace. The most recent topic concentrates around risk and risk taking, in a series of different contexts, such as financial risk, risk in gambling, risk taking in sports, and facing risk in the work place.

Teaching and main courses:
Applied Social Psychology;
Risk Psychology;
Economic Psychology;
Work and Organizational Psychology.


  • Roland-Lévy C., Kmiec R., Lemoine J. (2015) “How are economic crisis and risk linked? An innovative perspective of the social representation theory in connection with behavior”, Social Science Information;
  • Lemoine J., Kmiec R., Roland-Lévy C. (2015) “Social Representation of Risk in a Gambling Context: Comparing gamblers with disorders and controlled gamblers”, [Soumis à] Journal of Gambling Studies;
  • Roland-Lévy C., Lemoine J., Jeoffrion C. (2014) “Health and Well-being at Work: The Hospital Context”, European Review of Applied Psychology, 64(2) 53-62;
  • Ernst-Vintila A., Delouvée S., Roland-Lévy C. (2011) “Under threat. Lay thinking about terrorism and the three-dimensional model of personal involvement. A social psychological analysis”, Journal of Risk Research 13(3) 1-28;
  • Roland-Lévy C., Pappalardo-Boumelki F., Guillet E. (2010) “Representation of the Financial Crisis: Effect on Social Representations of Savings and Credit”, Journal of Socio-Economics 39(2), 137–144;
  • Roland-Lévy C., Kirchler E. (2009) “Psychology in the Economic World”. Applied Psychology: An International Review, 58(3) July 2009, 363-370.