Projects

Our research focuses on understanding the intrapersonal and interpersonal processes involved in intergroup bias from the perspectives of both the targets and the instigators of social inequality. To address this issue, we carry two lines of research: basic social psychology research and applied health research.

In basic social psychology research, we investigate the underlying mechanisms involved in stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination by utilizing both traditional social psychological and social cognitive research methods. In applied health research, we examine social psychological factors that contribute to inequality in health status and health care among socially disadvantaged groups by applying social psychological theories and methods.

 Our ongoing research projects, including a NIH-funded project, address questions, such as:

• What is the role of racially prototypical physical features in stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination? What are the mechanisms that underlie such intergroup biases?

• How can the targets of intergroup bias manage their social identity to reduce negative consequences of stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination?

• How do experience of discrimination influence individuals physical and mental health?

• How do patients’ and physicians’ racial attitudes shape the dynamics of racially discordant medical interactions?

• How can we develop effective, theory-driven interventions to reduce health and healthcare disparities?