Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Psychology
I’m an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Psychology. I study phenomena related to social diversity. Specifically, I examine how people navigate intergroup contact and intergroup contexts. I am especially interested in how people develop competencies and learn to thrive in diverse spaces.
In one line of research, I investigate stress and coping responses to interracial contact. Within this line of research, I examine people’s short-term behavioral and physiological responses to interracial contact as well as longer-term, health-relevant physiological changes in response to diversity experiences. Other lines of research explore people’s ability to detect discrimination accurately and the social ecology of privilege. Ultimately, the aim of this work is to develop constructive strategies to cope with the challenges of diversity in organizations, public arenas, and private spaces. In time, such strategies may reduce intergroup tensions and improve outcomes for both traditionally stigmatized and non-stigmatized group members.
Trawalter, S., Richeson, J.A., & Shelton, J.N. (2009). Predicting behavior during interracial interactions: A stress and coping approach. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 13, 243-268. read more »
Sophie Trawalter, Andrew R. Todd, Abigail A. Baird, Jennifer A. Richeson, Attending to threat: Race-based patterns of selective attention, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Volume 44, Issue 5, September 2008, Pages 1322-1327. read more »
Trawalter, S., & Richeson, J. A. (2008). Letʼs Talk About Race, Baby! When Whites' and Blacks' Interracial Contact Experiences Diverge. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 44(4), 1214-1217. read more »
Richeson, J. A., Todd, A. R., Trawalter, S., & Baird, A. A. (2008). Eye-Gaze Direction Modulates Race-Related Amygdala Activity. Group Processes Intergroup Relations, 11(2), 233-246. read more »
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