The Psychology Department Welcomes Two New Faculty Members
The Psychology Department is delighted to welcome two new colleagues. Professors Sylvia Perry and Onnie Rogers are joining the department after our national search for new faculty members in the area of diversity science. Diversity scientists examine variations in psychological functioning across diverse social groups such as those related to gender, culture, race/ethnicity, and socioeconomic status, and they seek to extend psychological science to understudied populations. Perry and Rogers are conducting exciting research in this broad domain.
Sylvia Perry is a social psychologist who received her PhD at the University of Illinois at Chicago and then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University. She is joining the department as a member of the Social Psychology program and the Personality and Health program. One of her main research interests is implicit intergroup bias. She investigates when and why majority-group members become aware of their own implicit biases toward other social groups, and the consequences of this awareness. She is also part of a team conducting an ambitious longitudinal study of medical students, including an exploration of the nature and impact of implicit racial biases and racial climate in medical school settings. Professor Perry also has affiliations with the Northwestern Department of Medical Social Sciences and the Institute for Policy Research.
Onnie Rogers is a developmental psychologist who received her PhD at New York University and then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington. She is joining the department as a member of the Personality and Health program and the Social Psychology program. She studies identity development in childhood. She employs qualitative and quantitative methods to investigate how kids make sense of being a member of particular racial and gender groups, and how their developing identities relate to their educational outcomes and general well-being. Professor Rogers is also a Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Policy Research. As an undergraduate at UCLA, she was a national champion gymnast and was recently inducted in the UCLA Hall of Fame.