Join fellow attendees for two in-depth conversations with some of the top psychologists in our field.

Session #1: Keith Maddox to Be Interviewed by Sarah Gaither

Friday, February 9 | 1:45 PM - 2:55 PM (In Person and Live Streamed)

Keith Maddox

Keith Maddox is a professor of psychology & director of the Tufts University Social Cognition (TUSC) Lab. He received his AB (1991) in psychology from the University of Michigan, and his MA (1994) and PhD (1998) in social psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  His lab is focused on research programs examining social cognitive aspects of stereotypes of African Americans based on variation in skin tone and other phenotypic characteristics, and ways to encourage and empower individuals to approach intergroup dialogue.  The long-range goal of this work is to further the understanding of the representation and use of stereotypic knowledge and its implications for the behavior and treatment toward members of stereotyped groups. Keith is a fellow of SPSP, SESP, SPSSI, the editor of Social Cognition, and the co-director of the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Leadership MA program at Tufts.

Sarah Gaither

Dr. Sarah Gaither is the Nicolas J. and Theresa M. Leonardy Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Bass Society Fellow, and a faculty affiliate for the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity, the Center on Health and Society, and Population Research Institute at Duke University. Her research focuses broadly on how a person's social identities and experiences across the lifespan motivate their social perceptions and behaviors in diverse settings. More specifically, she studies how contact with diverse others shapes social interactions, how having multiple racial or multiple social identities affects different types of social behavior, and what contexts shape the development of social perceptions and biases from childhood through adulthood.

Dr. Gaither has become a leader in the field of multiple identity and multiracial research with over 60 publications and is a recipient of APS's Rising Star designation, a Society for Experimental Social Psychology Fellow, an SPSP Sage Young Scholar, and SPSSI Michelle Alexander Early Career Awardee. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, The Ford Foundation, The Russell Sage Foundation, The Charles Lafitte Foundation, and The Spencer Foundation. Dr. Gaither has also garnered media attention including The New York Times, New York Magazine, Time Magazine, People, BBC, and NPR.

Session #2: Brian Nosek to be Interviewed by Colin Tucker Smith and Kate Ratliff

Saturday, February 10 | 8:00 AM - 9:10 AM (In Person and Live Streamed)

Brian Nosek

Brian Nosek's research and applied interests are to understand how people and systems produce values-misaligned behavior; to develop, implement, and evaluate solutions to align behavior with values; and, to improve research methods and culture to accelerate progress in science. Brian co-developed the Implicit Association Test, a method that advanced research and public interest in implicit bias. Nosek co-founded three non-profit organizations: Project Implicit to advance research and education about implicit bias, the Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science to improve the research culture in his home discipline, and the Center for Open Science (COS) to improve rigor, transparency, integrity, and reproducibility across research disciplines. Brian is Executive Director of COS and a professor at the University of Virginia. Brian received his undergraduate degree in Psychology with minors in Computer Science and Women's Studies from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 1995, and his PhD in Psychology from Yale in 2002. He received honorary doctorates in science from Ghent University (2019) and University of Bristol (2022).

Colin Tucker Smith

Dr. Smith earned a B.S. in Psychology from Mary Washington College and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Virginia. He is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Florida and is Affiliate Faculty in the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies as well as the Florida Institute for Built Environment Resilience. He also serves as a Member-at-Large on the Scientific Advisory Board of Project Implicit, Inc. Dr. Smith is an author on 45 scientific publications and is a Fellow of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. He has won a Teacher of the Year award in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Outside of work, he does whatever his daughters Cora and Margot (9 and 6) are interested in, plays tennis, mows the lawn, and alternates reading novels and non-fiction (mostly history).

Kate Ratliff

Dr. Ratliff earned her B.S. in Psychology from Belmont University and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Virginia. She is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Florida as well as past Executive Director and current member of the Board of Directors of Project Implicit, a non-profit whose mission is to educate the public about intergroup bias to provide a virtual laboratory for data collection on the internet. Dr. Ratliff is (co)author on more than 50 scientific publications, a Senior Editor at Psychological Science, an elected member of SESP and SPSP, and the recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Award for Inclusive Excellence, Teacher of the Year, and International Educator of the Year awards at the University of Florida. Outside of work you can probably find her chasing after her kids (Cora and Margot), playing tennis, looking for birds, or reading fiction.

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