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The Psychology Department Welcomes New Faculty Members

The Psychology Department is delighted to welcome three new colleagues. Professors Sylvia Perry and Onnie Rogers are conducting exciting research in the broad domain 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. Professor Caterina Gratton is a cognitive neuroscientist who studies how human brain networks are organized and how they contribute to the multitude of goal-directed behaviors humans can complete. She also researches how these processes break down with damage and disease.

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.

Caterina Gratton, a cognitive neuroscientist, received her PhD from UC Berkeley and afterward completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis. Professor Gratton studies brain networks and their contributions to cognition. She employs a combination of cutting-edge techniques, including functional magnetic resonance imaging and transcranial magnetic stimulation, with sophisticated analytical approaches. A main focus of her research is on the neural mechanisms that modify human behavior to achieve different goals. Additional projects examine how brain networks are affected by brain damage and disease. Professor Gratton will be starting at Northwestern University in the Fall of 2018.

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