Meet the Team

Our Mission was created by two social psychologists as a resource for faculty, teachers, students, and members of the general public who are interested in the phenomenon of stereotype threat. This website offers summaries of research on stereotype threat and discusses unresolved issues and controversies in the research literature. Included are some research-based suggestions for reducing the negative consequences of stereotyping, particularly in academic settings. Research on stereotype threat is always progressing, adding complexity and nuance. Although we will try to reflect new developments in research on this topic, we encourage people not to view this site as the authoritative or exhaustive treatment of this issue. New research summary articles will be added each year.

We thank the Consortium of High Achievement and Success (CHAS) and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for their support of this project.

Our Researchers

Steven Stroessner
Steven Stroessner
Steve Stroessner is a Professor of Psychology at Barnard College, Columbia University and a Senior Research Scientist with Disney Research Los Angeles. He graduated from Hope College in 1987 and received his Ph.D. in Social/Personality Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1992. He is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and a member of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology. His research examines cognitive, affective, and motivational factors in stereotyping and prejudice.
Catherine Good
Catherine Good
Catherine Good is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Baruch College, CUNY. She received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology and Mathematics Education from the University of Texas, Austin in 2001. She was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at New York University with Joshua Aronson a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Columbia University with Carol Dweck before she serving as a Term Assistant Professor of Psychology at Barnard College. Her research focuses on the social forces that shape academic achievement, intellectual performance, motivation, and self-image.
Angela Byars-Winston
Angela Byars-Winston
Angela Byars-Winston is an Associate Professor in the University of Wisconsin Department of Medicine. She completed a predoctoral clinical internship at the University of Maryland, College Park and received her Ph.D. from Arizona State University. Her research examines cultural influences on career development, especially for racial and ethnic minorities and women in the sciences, engineering, and medicine. She has focused on testing the validity of theoretical models to explain and predict academic and career outcomes using social cognitive theoretical approaches.

Alisa B. Wyman

Alisa Wyman is a Research Associate under Steve Stroessner. She was born and raised in Southern California and received her Bachelor of Arts (2014) in Communication Studies with a minor in Education Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. As an undergraduate Alisa studied under Dr. Kerri L. Johnson, worked as a research assistant in Johnson’s UCLA Social Communications Lab, and completed a senior research thesis that examined the perception of attractiveness in walk motions amongst genders and races. 

Michael A. Perez Jr.

Michael Perez has lived in Los Angeles all of his life and is currently applying to law school. He most recently worked as a Lab Associate under Steve Stroessner. Michael received his Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from UCLA (2014). As an undergraduate, he worked as Lab Manager in the UCLA Social Communications Lab under Dr. Kerri Johnson, running research studies and collecting data for Social Psychology Ph.D candidates whose research focused on the production and perception of cues to identity. 

Colleen M. Carpinella

Dr. Colleen M. Carpinella is a Health Outcomes Research Manager with Kantar health. She was previously a Postdoctoral Associate at Disney Research and the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. Dr. Carpinella received her MA (2010) and Ph.D. (2014) in Social Psychology from UCLA. As a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, she worked in the UCLA Social Communication Lab and Political Psychology Lab. She completed a BA in Psychology and Public Policy at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York (2009).

Arpita Ghosh

Dr. Arpita Ghosh is an Advanced Fellow in Women’s Health at the Memorial Veterans Hospital and the Center for Women’s Health Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She obtained her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2014. Her research examines how context shapes people’s decision-making and choices, specifically investigating the career development processes of underrepresented racial/ethnic minority groups, career transitions, and STEMM education.

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