Black History Month: Notable Psychologists

By Brenda Straka

February 2019 marks the 93rd year of Black History Month. However, at the conception of Black History Month in the 1920’s, the documentation or scholarly reports on Black history hardly existed. Furthermore, much of the legacy of Black history in America has been marked by the suppression of Black voices, stories, triumphs, and achievements. 
While the scholarship of Black history has grown and today we can find articles recognizing the works of Black pioneers in science and psychology, there are undeniable, ongoing challenges. For example, with poignant and disturbing irony, this month has been marked by news stories demonstrating a continuing history of discrimination, marginalization, and dehumanization of African Americans (e.g., Virginia official's yearbook photos, Gucci blackface sweater, Liam Nesson’s racist interview confession). These stories represent painful realities about prejudice and racism in America and they demand attention and action. Yet, we should not allow them to overshadow or distract from a time designated for recognition and celebration of those who’s stories have historically been eclipsed and obscured. 
The prejudice and bias behind these stories are reflective of the very reason we need to dedicate time to recognize and celebrate Black history and why we should be vigilant to observe it. Furthermore, as history is made in the present, we should celebrate notable figures not only posthumously, but presently and proactively. Therefore, in honor of Black History Month, this article is dedicated to those contemporary psychologists that are making history through their daily work. Although we celebrate Black History Month during the shortest month of the year, there is certainly no shortage of incredible Black scientists making waves across the disciplines of psychology. Below, we have featured some of these contemporary, distinguished, and advancing Black social and personality psychologists who are innovating, enhancing, and representing excellence in the field.  
“History is the sum total of what all of us do on a daily basis,” -- Margot Lee Shetterly (author of Hidden Figures)
The following list is in no way an exhaustive catalog of all Black and/or African American psychologists that have and/or are making significant contributions to psychology. This list only includes people that the author was able to contact, who gave consent to be included in this article, and were “nominated” by their colleagues. Individuals are grouped by seniority and ordered alphabetically. 

Full Professors

Stanley Gaines, Ph.D.
Stanley Gaines headshotDr. Stanley O. Gaines, Jr., is a Senior Lecturer of Psychology at Brunel University London. He received his B.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Arlington. In his research, Dr. Gaines has explored the impact of personality characteristics (e.g., attachment orientations, cultural values) and demographic characteristics (e.g., gender, ethnic group membership) on personal relationship processes (e.g., accommodation, interpersonal resource exchange). He is the author of Culture, Ethnicity, and Personal Relationship Processes (Routledge, 1997); Personality and Close Relationship Processes (Cambridge, 2016), which recently received a Distinguished Book Award from the International Association for Relationship Research (2018); and Identity and Interethnic Marriage in the United States (Routledge, 2017). Dr. Gaines has written and co-written more than 100 published articles and book chapters primarily in the fields of close relationships and ethnic studies.
Phillip Goff, Ph.D.
Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff is the inaugural Franklin A. Thomas Professor in Policing Equity at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He earned his Ph.D. in social psychology from Stanford University. He is the co-founder and president of the Center for Policing Equity, and is a leading expert in contemporary forms of racial bias and discrimination, as well as the intersections of race and gender. Additionally, Dr. Goff serves as one of four Principal Investigators for the CPE’s National Justice Database, the first national database on racial disparities in police stops and use of force. Dr. Goff’s work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Department of Justice, Russell Sage Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Open Society Institute-Baltimore, Atlantic Philanthropies, William T. Grant Foundation, the COPS Office, the Major Cities Chiefs Association, the NAACP LDF, NIMH, SPSSI, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and
James Jones, Ph.D.
Dr. James Jones is Trustees' Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Africana Studies and Director of the Center for the Study of Diversity at the University of Delaware. Dr. Jones earned a B.A. from Oberlin College and M.A. from Temple University, and his Ph.D. in social psychology from Yale University. In his recent work, he has explored the idea of diversity competency—the attitudes, motivation and  skills that enable a person to seek out and interact with people across boundaries of difference. Dr. Jones has been the recipient of numerous awards such as the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnicity, Culture and Race (1999), the Kurt Lewin Award (2001), the Distinguished Psychologist Award by the Association of Black Psychologists (2007), the Lifetime Contribution to Psychology award from the American Psychological Association (2011), and the 2018 Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in Psychology in the Public Interest (2018) among many others. 
Colin Leach, Ph.D.
Feature ImageDr. Colin Wayne Leach is a Professor of Psychology & Africana Studies at Barnard College, Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Research in African-American Studies, and Graduate Faculty of Psychology in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at Columbia University. He earned his B.A. (1989) and M.A. (1991) from Boston University and his Ph.D. (1995) from University of Michigan. Dr. Leach’s research interests include status and morality in identity, emotion, and motivation; protest & resistance; prejudice & stereotypes; and Meta-theory, methods, and trans-disciplinary approaches (e.g., Africana Studies, social behavioral science). He is an elected fellow of the Society for Experimental Social Psychology and Society of Personality and Social Psychology and has held research fellowships from the U.C. Berkeley Chancellor, and well as the Ford and Raoul Wallenberg foundations. He is a 2017 recipient of the Kurt Lewin medal for scientific contribution from the European Association of Social Psychology, and his research has been supported by the (US) Ford Foundation, the (UK) Economic and Social Research Council, the European Science Foundation, and the (Dutch) Organization for Scientific Research. 
Jennifer Richeson, Ph.D.
Dr. Jennifer Richeson is the Philip R. Allen professor of psychology at Yale University and the director of the Social Perception and Communication Lab (SPCL). She earned her B.S. in psychology from Brown University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in social psychology from Harvard University. The SPCL aims to examine the processes of mind that influence the ways in which people experience diversity. Areas of focus in her research include reactions to increasing diversity, stigma-based solidarity, emotion regulation following discrimination, and perceptions and reasoning about inequality. She is the recipient of many honors and awards including the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Fellowship (2006), election to the National Academy of Sciences (2015), and the Mamie Phipps Clark and Kenneth B. Clark Distinguished Lecture Award (2019).
Rob Sellers, Ph.D.
Dr. Robert Sellers is currently the Charles D. Moody Collegiate Professor of Psychology and Education at the University of Michigan. Additionally, he is the Vice Provost for Equity, Inclusion, and Academic Affairs and one of the founders of the Center for the Study of Black Youth in Context. Dr. Sellers earned his B.A. from Howard University in 1985 and went on to earn a Ph.D. in personality psychology from the University of Michigan in 1990. His primary research has focused on the role of race in the psychological lives of African Americans. Notably, he and his students have developed a conceptual and empirical model of African American racial identity, investigated the processes by which African American parents transmit messages about race to their children, and examined the ways in which African Americans suffer from and often cope with experiences of racial discrimination. For his work, he has won numerous honors and awards including the Theodore Millon Mid-Career Award in Personality Psychology from the American Psychological Foundation, the American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship Program Research Achievement Award, and the APAGS Kenneth & Mamie Clark Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Professional Development of Ethnic Minority Graduate Students.
Claude Steele, Ph.D.
Dr. Claude M. Steele is a Professor of Psychology at Stanford University and is best known for his work on stereotype threat and its application to minority student academic performance. His book, Whistling Vivaldi and Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us, summarizes years of research on stereotype threat and the underperformance of minority students in higher education. Dr. Steele’s other lines of research have explored the self (e.g., self-image, self- affirmation) as well as the role of self-regulation in addictive behaviors. He received a B.A. in Psychology from Hiram College, an M.A. in Social Psychology from Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology and Statistical Psychology from Ohio State University. For his contributions to the field, Dr. Steele has earned many awards and honors such as election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Science Board, the National Academy of Education, and the American Philosophical Society. Furthermore, he currently serves as a trustee of the Russell Sage Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and as a Fellow for both the American Institutes for Research and the American Academy of Political and Social Science. 
Cynthia Winston-Proctor, Ph.D.
Dr. Cynthia Winston-Proctor is a Professor of Psychology at Howard University, the Principal Investigator of the Identity & Success Research Lab, and founder of Winston Synergy L.L.C.. She earned her B.S. in psychology from Howard University and her Ph.D. in psychology and education from the University of Michigan. Her academic and practice work focus on narrative personality psychology and  the psychology of success of women within academic and corporate environments. Her work has been published broadly in numerous journals and edited books, such as Culture & Psychology, Qualitative Psychology, Journal of Research on Adolescence, and Learning, & Technology: Research and Practice. Dr. Winston-Proctor has been the recipient of honors such as the National Science Foundation Early Career Award for scientists and engineers and the Howard University Emerging Scholar Award. Moreover, Dr. Winston-Proctor’s professional service includes serving as an editor on the Editorial Board of the journal Qualitative Psychology, President of the Society of STEM Women of Color, a Member of the Board of Directors of the Alfred Harcourt Foundation, an Advisor to the Board of Directors of the Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science, and she was recently elected to the Society of Personology. 

Associate Professors

Mesmin Destin, Ph.D.
Dr. Mesmin Destin is an Associate professor at Northwestern University in the School of Education and Social Policy and the Department of Psychology, as well as a fellow of Northwestern’s Institute for Policy Research. He received his B.A. from Northwestern in Psychology and Sociology and earned his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan in Social Psychology. Dr. Destin directs a multidisciplinary lab group that investigates how social environments shape people’s identities and the consequences for motivation, behaviors, and trajectories in life, placing particular emphasis on understanding the ways that socioeconomic resources come to influence young people’s academic outcomes. Honors he has received include the William T. Grant Scholar Award (2016), the American Psychological Association Committee on Socioeconomic Status Emerging Leadership Award (2018), and the Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology (2019). 
Kristin Dukes, Ph.D.
Dr. Kristin Dukes was recently named the Dean for Institutional Diversity at Allegheny College. Previously she was an Associate Professor at Simmons where she was a member of the school’s Diversity and Inclusion Action Council, and played a substantial role in determining that college’s priorities and policies regarding equity and inclusion. Dr. Dukes earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rice University and her master’s and doctoral degrees in social psychology from Tufts University with a research focus on stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination. Her research also focuses on impression formation, intersectionality regarding race and gender, skin tone biases, obesity stigma, and attitudes toward substance use. She has been the recipient of several honors including being named a Featured Feminist Scientist by the Association for Women in Psychology.
Crystal Hall, Ph.D.
Dr. Crystal Hall is an Associate Professor of Public Policy and Governance at the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington. She holds a B.S. from Carnegie Mellon University in both Decision Science and Policy and Management as well as a Ph.D. and M.A. in Psychology from Princeton University. Dr. Hall has worked at government agencies at the local, state, and federal level – including having served as a Fellow on the White House Social and Behavioral Sciences Team and the Federal Office of Evaluation Sciences at the General Services Administration. She is also an Academic Affiliate of ideas42, and a Faculty Affiliate at both the University of Washington's West Coast Poverty Center (WCPC) and Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology (CSDE). Currently, her research explores decision making in the context of poverty, using the methods of social and cognitive psychology, along with behavioral economics. In addition to her scholarly work, Hall has provided guidance and training to community organizations, nonprofits, and government agencies seeking to implement tools from psychology and behavioral economics into the design and delivery of their programs and services. 
Lasana Harris, Ph.D.
Dr. Lasana Harris is currently a Senior Lecturer in Experimental Psychology at University College London. He completed his undergraduate education at Howard University in 2003 before earning his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2007, under the supervision of Dr. Susan Fiske. He completed his post-doctorate research at New York University with Dr. Elizabeth Phelps in 2010, and has held faculty positions at both Duke University and Leiden University. He has published in top journals such as Psychological Science, NeuroImage, and Nature. Dr. Harris’ research uses an interdisciplinary social neuroscience approach to explore the neural correlates of person perception, prejudice, dehumanization, anthropomorphism, social learning, social emotions, empathy, and punishment. This work explores social, legal and economic decision making, how people fail to consider other people’s minds, and extending minds to things that don’t have them. 
Marlone D. Henderson, Ph.D.
Dr. Henderson, is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas, Austin. He received his B.S. from Michigan State University (1999), and his Ph.D. from New York University in (2006). Throughout his career, his research has explored social conflict, social judgments, prosocial behavior, and the role that basic cognitive processes play in promoting social harmony. Dr. Henderson has received various honors such as election to the Society for Experimental Social Psychology (2012) and the Stuart Cook Award for Excellence in Research in Social Psychology (2006) as well as being funded by groups such as the National Science Foundation and the Raikes Foundation. Additionally, he currently serves as one of the Associate Editors for the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.
Keith Maddox, Ph.D.
Keith Maddox headshotDr. Keith Maddox is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Tufts University. He received his A.B. (1991) in psychology from the University of Michigan, and his M.A. (1994) and Ph.D. (1998) in social psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. At Tufts, he is the director of the Tufts University Social Cognition Lab which broadly explores the social cognitive aspects of stereotyping, prejudice. He has published widely on topics like skin tone bias, racial and spatial categories in memory, confronting bias, and facilitating interracial dialogue. Dr. Maddox is the recipient of a number of grants and awards, including grants from the National Science Foundation, the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, and the Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, an SPSP Distinguished Service Award, and the Gerald R. Gill Distinguished Service Award from Tufts University.
Valerie Purdie Greenaway, Ph.D.
Dr. Valerie Purdie Greenaway is an Associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Columbia University, core faculty for the Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholars Program (RWJ Columbia-site), and research fellow at the Institute for Research on African-American Studies (IRAAS) at Columbia. She completed her undergraduate work at Columbia University and went on to earn her Ph.D. at Stanford University as a student of Dr. Claude Steele. At Columbia, Dr. Purdie Greenaway also serves as Director for the Laboratory of Intergroup Relations and the Social Mind (LIRSM) where her research examines social identity threats and interventions, identity, politics, and power, the psychology of invisibility, and neurobiology and intergroup relations. She has earned grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Russell Sage Foundation, Spencer Foundation, and William T. Grant Foundation and has been the recipient of awards such as the Columbia University RISE (Research Initiative in Science and Engineering) award and Society for Personality and Social Psychology Cialdini Award.
Phia Salter Ph.D.
Dr. Salter is an Associate professor at Texas A&M University with a dual appointment in  Interdisciplinary Critical Studies (Africana Studies Program)  and Psychological & Brain Sciences (Social & Personality Psychology; Diversity Science Cluster). She earned her B.S. from Davidson College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Kansas. Dr. Salter also directs her lab, the Culture in Mind Research Collaboratory (CMRC) which explores the various ways in which critical cultural-psychological perspectives can illuminate the social and cultural underpinnings of mind with a special focus on racism and oppression, collective memory (representations of history), self and identity, interpersonal and intergroup relationships, and academic achievement. Her research has been funded by groups such as the National Science Foundation and the Clara Mayo Grant Program. 
Keon West, Ph.D.

Dr. Keon West is a Reader in Social Psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London where he is the director of Equalab. He is also a council member for the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues and an editorial board member for the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. Dr. West earned his B.A. in French and Psychology at Macalester College and his Ph.D. from Oxford University in 2010. Following this, he was a post-doctoral research fellow at University of Leeds and then a lecturer at University Roehampton before coming to Goldsmiths. His research covers topics such as gender roles, sexism, anti-LGBT prejudice, and specific prejudice-reducing interventions and has been featured in popular media outlets such as the BBC World Service, Radio4, Channel 4, and the Guardian. Recently he was honored with the Michele Alexander Award for Scholarship and Service (2015), the SPSSI Award for Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring (2017), and a European Council Starting Grant (€7460,000). He has also been the recipient of grant funding from organizations such as The European Research Council, the Richard Benjamin Trust, AIDS-Free World, and the Independent Social Research Fund.


Assistant Professors

Tiffany Brannon, Ph.D.
Dr. Tiffany N. Brannon is an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Los Angles and is the director of the Culture and Contact Lab. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. in Social Psychology from Stanford University and her B.A. in Psychology from Florida International University. Her research examines socio-cultural identities in negatively stereotyped groups such as African Americans and Latina/o/x Americans; and she investigates the potential for these identities to serve as a psychological resource — one that can facilitate a variety of individual and intergroup benefits. Dr. Brannon’s work has been featured in top journals such as the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Science, and Social Issues and Policy Review. She is on the editorial board for the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Frontiers in Psychology, and is a founding columnist for the Behavioral Scientist, as well as an elected council member for the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI). Furthermore, she is a Hellman Fellow, inaugural recipient of the UCLA Undergraduate Research Week Faculty Mentor award, and winner of the Emerging Implicit Bias Scholar Award from the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard University.
Cydney Dupree, Ph.D.
Dr. Cydney Dupree is an Assistant professor of Organizational Business at Yale University in the School of Management. She received her undergraduate degree from Brown University in psychology and went on to earn to her M.A. and Ph.D. at Princeton University in Psychology and Social Policy. Her current lines of research aim to investigate how socio-political attitudes and stereotypes influence verbal and nonverbal outgroup behavior, how associations between race and status influence occupational preferences, and how situational and individual factors influence prosocial outgroup behavior. Her work has appeared in leading psychology and multi-disciplinary journals, including Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and Current Opinion in Psychology as well as popular press outlets such as the Washington Post and Business Insider.
Sarah E. Gaither
Dr. Sarah Gaither is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience and a faculty affiliate at the Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University. Prior to Duke, she was a Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholar in the Psychology Department and Fellow at the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at the University of Chicago. She earned her Ph.D. and M.S. in Social Psychology from Tufts University and her B.A. in Social Welfare from U.C Berkeley. Her research explores how a person’s social identities and experiences across the lifespan motivate their social perceptions and behaviors in diverse settings. Her work has been featured in top journals such as Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, and Journal of Social Issues. Dr. Gaither has been funded by groups such as Clara Mayo, National Science Foundation, Ford Foundation, Russell Sage, and the Spencer Foundation, and has been named a rising star by the APS. Additionally, she currently serves as a guest editor for Self & Identity's upcoming special issue on non-traditional identities
Lori Hoggard, Ph.D.
Lori Hoggard is an Assistant Professor of the Social Psychology area and an affiliate of the Health Psychology program at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. She received her B.A. from Brooklyn College City University of New York (CUNY) and her Ph.D. in Personality & Social Contexts Psychology from the University of Michigan. Thereafter, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience and at the Center for Health Equity Research within the Department of Social Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At Rutgers, she is the director of the Racism, Identity, Coping, and Health Lab and her research focuses on racial discrimination as a chronic psychosocial stressor that heightens African Americans’ risk for physical (e.g., cardiovascular disease) and mental (e.g., depression and anxiety) health concerns. She has been the recipient of honors from organizations like the Ford Fellowship and has received funding from the National Science Foundation.
India Johnson, Ph.D.
Dr. India Johnson is currently an assistant professor at Elon University but will be joining the department of psychology at Butler University in the fall of this year. She earned her B.A. from Purdue University (Indianapolis) and her M.A. and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. Dr. Johnson's research focuses on issues relevant to stereotyping, prejudice, and persuasion. In her current lines of work, she is investigating how role models framed or endorsed as allies, can increase women and women of color's (i.e. Black women) feelings of belonging and trust in STEM environments, and how to create more inclusive environments for individuals belonging to underrepresented groups (URG) often associated with negative stereotypes. Additionally, she is the founder and principal consultant at EVOLVE Diversity Consulting Services, where she is dedicated to helping others support and cultivate diversity through the practice of inclusion. 
Valerie Jones Taylor, Ph.D.
Dr. Valerie Jones Taylor is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Africana Studies at Lehigh University. She received her B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and her Ph.D. from Stanford University, and has previously held an appointment as an Assistant Professor at Spelman College. Currently, her research examines how people engage in interracial interactions—what makes them go well, and the factors that may make them fall apart. While research has shown the benefits of intergroup contact, greater contact among individuals with different social identities creates opportunities for social identity threat—the concern or worry that one may be treated or judged negatively based on one’s social group membership. Addressing this issue across several lines of research, Dr. Taylor seeks to answer various identity-related questions, particularly how people engage in interracial interactions when negative group stereotypes are salient. Finally, Dr. Taylor has been awarded grants from the National Science Foundation and the Ford Foundation, and published in a number of journals including the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology.
Neil Lewis Jr., Ph.D.
Neil Lewis headshotDr. Neil Lewis, Jr. is an Assistant Professor of Communication and Social Behavior at Cornell University, and Assistant Professor of Communication Research in Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. Additionally, he is a Faculty Fellow of the David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, and Faculty Affiliate of the Cornell Behavioral Economics and Decision Research Center, Center for Health Equity, Center for the Study of Inequality, and Roper Center for Public Opinion Research. Dr. Lewis earned his B.A. in Economics and Psychology at Cornell University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Social Psychology at the University of Michigan. His research examines how the interplay between people’s identities and social contexts influence people’s motivation to pursue their goals, and their success in goal pursuit efforts. Lewis is one of the authors of Science Magazine’s “Letters To Young Scientists” column and is on the Editorial Boards of Perspectives on Psychological Science and Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy. He previously co-edited the Michigan Journal of Sustainability and a special issue of the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.
Sylvia Perry, Ph.D. 
Sylvia Perry headshotDr. Sylvia Perry is an Assistant Professor at Northwestern University. She completed her bachelor's degree in Psychology at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas (2002), and she received her master's (2006) and doctorate (2010) in Social Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she was mentored by Drs. Linda Skitka and Mary Murphy. Additionally, Dr. Perry was a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral associate at Yale University from 2010-2014 under the advisement of Drs. John Dovidio and Michelle van Ryn (Mayo Clinic) and held an appointment as an Assistant Professor of Psychological Science at the University of Vermont (UVM) from 2014 - 2016. Currently at Northwestern, she is the Principal Investigator of the Social Cognition and Intergroup Processes (SCIP) Lab investigating how bias awareness develops, and the implications of bias awareness for prejudice reduction, intergroup contact, and health disparities. Dr. Perry’s work has been featured in journals such as the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Social Science & Medicine, and the Journal of Research in Personality, and she has been funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shrive National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
Jason Okonofua, Ph.D.
Jason Okonofua headshotDr. Jason Okonofua is an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at the University of California at Berkeley. He earned his B.A. in psychology and African American studies from Northwestern University and his Ph.D. in psychology from Stanford University. Dr. Okonofua’s work spans contexts such as education, criminal justice, and business as he investigates the ways negative stereotypes can contribute to inequality in these context and how that process can be dismantled. Recently he was the recipient of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Cialdini Award. Furthermore, his work has been featured in top journals like Psychological Science and mainstream media outlets like MSNBC, PBS NewsHour, Huffington Post, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal
Clara Wilkins, Ph.D.
Dr. Clara L. Wilkins is an Assistant Professor in the department of Brain and Psychological Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. She completed her Ph.D. and M.S. at the University of Washington and her B.A. with honors at Stanford University. As a fellow of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology, she serves on several editorial boards including the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. Dr. Wilkins’ research examines prejudice, stereotyping, and the self and how social change (e.g. racial and gender progress) affects high-status groups’ perceptions of victimization. She also examines how variation in racial and ethnic minorities’ physical appearance shapes stereotyping and identification. The over-arching goal of her work is to understand social inequities in order to minimize their negative effects on individuals, groups and society.