Researcher biography

My research can be broadly defined as applied social psychology: the primary focus driving this research program is to test and extend important theories outside the laboratory. For example, an extensive literature in social psychology has demonstrated that stereotype threat, or the concern that one is the target of demeaning stereotypes, can lead to acute performance deficits. Despite the widely demonstrated performance decrements brought about by stereotype threat in the laboratory, there has been debate about the relevance and applicability of stereotype threat in everyday life. My work has examined some of the real world implications of stereotype threat, including what leads to experiences of stereotype threat for women working in male dominated professions, older employees, and men working in female dominated professions (such as child protection) and the consequences when employees experience stereotype threat at work.

I also conduct research on implicit attitudes amongst hard to reach populations, such as people who inject drugs, at-risk youth, and people with mental health problems. Similar to my research on stereotype threat, this research attempts to contribute to the literatures on stigma and implicit attitudes, while also providing empirical evidence of the applicability of implicit attitudes outside of the laboratory.