Our Research

The goals of our research program are to shed light on the manifestations and underlying causes of gender-based discrimination, with the broader aims of enhancing equity and diversity within institutions.  We take a systematic, interdisciplinary approach to studying gender and diversity, reaching across divisional lines by collaborating with colleagues in biology, organizational behavior, education, and clinical/health psychology. Additionally, we draw upon and integrate theoretical perspectives from the areas of social cognition, intergroup relations, and industrial/organizational psychology. We employ multiple methodological and analytic techniques in order to study diversity at the individual, group, and institutional level. Our work consists of laboratory studies, field experiments, and intervention research, in order to carefully assess causal relationships in a controlled environment, test hypotheses in the real world, and investigate methods for effectively enacting change. In addition to self-reported survey measures, our work utilizes computerized reaction time data collection assessing responses outside of participants’ conscious awareness, and internet-based sampling methods targeting diverse participant populations.

More specifically, our research falls under three general themes: 1) The ways in which stereotypes can lead to biased perceptions of individuals; 2) The backlash that men and women encounter when they violate gender stereotypes; and 3) The development, assessment, and implementation of evidence-based interventions designed to ameliorate persistent gender biases.

For a more detailed description of our research, please click here.

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