Sylvia Perry Assistant Professor

Program Area(s):

Social; Personality and Health

Interest(s):

Stereotyping and prejudice; intergroup relations; social cognition

Research Interests:

My research investigates how individual difference factors interact with situational factors to affect intergroup contexts, educational and healthcare settings, and people’s sense of belonging and psychological well-being. These individual difference factors range from the different ways in which people respond to stressful intergroup contexts (such as interracial interactions between White medical providers and minority patients) to how people differentially cope with environmental stressors (such as the identity and stereotype threat minorities experience in academic and healthcare settings). With some of my current lines of research I am investigating: (1) whether there are individual differences in people’s awareness of their racially biased tendencies and the consequences of this “awareness”; (2) the situational and individual difference factors that influence parents’ willingness to have, and physiological responses to, race discussions with their children; (3) the impact of medical school racial climate on medical student and patient outcomes.

Selected Publications:

Burke, S. E., Dovidio, J. F., Perry, S. P., Burgess, D. J., Hardeman, R. R., Phelan, S. M., Cunningham, B. A., Nelson, D. B., Yeazel, M. W., *Przedworski, J. M., & van Ryn, M. (in press). The effects of formal and informal training experiences on explicit bias against African Americans among medical students: A report from the Medical Student CHANGE Study. Social Psychology Quarterly.

Perry, S. P., Hardeman, R., *Burke, S., Cunningham, B., Burgess, D. J., & van Ryn, M. (in press). The impact of everyday discrimination and racial identity centrality on African American medical student well-being: A report from the medical student CHANGE study. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities.

Perry, S. P., Murphy, M. C., & Dovidio, J. F. (2015). Modern Prejudice: Subtle, but unconscious? The role of bias awareness in Whites’ perceptions of personal and others’ biases. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 61, 64-78.

Perry, S. P., Dovidio, J. F., Murphy, M. C., & van Ryn, M. (2015). The joint effect of bias awareness and self-reported prejudice on intergroup anxiety and intentions for intergroup contact. Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology, 21, 89-96.

van Ryn, M., Hardeman, R., Phelan, S., Burgess, D. J., Dovidio, J. F., Herrin, J., *Burke, S., Nelson, D., Perry, S. P., Yeazel, M., Przedworski, J. (2015). Medical school factors associated with change in implicit racial bias between 1st and 4th year among 3547 medical students: A report from the Medical Student CHANGES Study. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 30, 1748-1756.

Perry, S.P., & Skitka, L. J. (2009). Making lemonade? Defensive coping style moderates the effect of stereotype threat on women's math test performance. Journal of Research in Personality, 43, 918-920.