Current Projects

White Intraracial Communication

Peter Fisher presented research on white intraracial communication at the 2022 annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology: It is well known that intergroup contact can be an effective tool in reducing prejudice, but less is known about how intragroup contact impacts beliefs about race and racism. I am investigating the effect of Whites discussing race on prejudice, racial hierarchy beliefs, and political attitudes, and whether an intervention can change the outcomes of these conversations. I am interested in better understanding how often conversations about race occur in all-White contexts and the conditions in which these conversations reinforce existing biases or increase awareness of racial inequity. A major goal of this research is to develop intervention techniques that promote productive conversations about race within White social groups. 


Anti-racism Strategies & Vaccinations

SPSS_2022_Effect of Anti-racism Strategies on Vaccinations_pdf

Riley Marshall presented anti-racism research at the Intervention Science Pre-Conference during the 2022 annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology: I am interested in leveraging institutional diversity cues to improve trust and health behaviors. My current research looks at how such cues (specifically, anti-racism strategies within health departments) are related to COVID-19 vaccination rates, and if this is occurring through trust in medical systems. I hope to build this line of work with additional studies in a variety of contexts to more directly show the relationship between institutional diversity cues, institutional trust, and individual behaviors.


Expanding Masculinity

Peter Fisher presented masculinity research at the 2021 Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues Conference: I am currently studying the effects of expanding the definition of masculinity to be more inclusive of prosocial intergroup behaviors. I am especially interested in understanding the effects of making masculinity more inclusive in all-male contexts where harmful masculine norms are usually reinforced. One of the aims of this line of work is to create identity-based interventions that motivate men to be allies in confronting sexism.


Social Connection and Identity Integration Projects