Diversity

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The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Massachusetts is strongly committed to the support and promotion of cultural diversity within the university and surrounding community. Cultural diversity encompasses differences and similarities in race, ethnicity, social class, religion, gender, sexual orientation, ability, and age. Within the department, attention and sensitivity to diversity issues are fostered in course offerings, undergraduate programs, faculty and graduate student research, and clinical practice. A core aspect of awareness and appreciation for diversity is that it promotes respect for others. Diversity is especially valued and encouraged in the student body, faculty, and staff because it enriches both educational experiences and the translation of psychological knowledge into practice.

Diversity News

Addressing Power Differences May Spur Advantaged Racial Groups to Act in Support of Racial Equality

UMass Amherst research advances understanding of interracial contact and communication about inequality

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When different groups of people come into contact, what’s the key to motivating advantaged racial groups to join historically disadvantaged racial minority groups to strive for racial equality and social justice? It’s a complex conundrum studied for years by social scientists like Linda Tropp, professor of social psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Dr. Abbie Goldberg Appointed to Rudd Family Visiting Professorship for Spring 2021

Abbie GoldbergDr. Goldberg is the Jan and Larry Landry University Professor of Psychology at Clark University, where she is also the Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. Broadly, her research focuses on how a variety of social locations (e.g., gender, sexual orientation, social class) and contexts (e.g., work, family, community) shape processes of development and mental health.

Linda Tropp quoted in article 'How to Meet People Who Are Different from You'

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Linda Tropp is quoted in an article titled, “How to Meet People Who Are Different from You.” She says, “What we see is that deep, close contact across group lines, like friendships or meaningful relationships, tends to be stronger in changing how we feel toward other groups.”

Read full article in Yes! magazine

On BBC, Ervin Staub explains how his police training programs are being implemented

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Ervin Staub, professor emeritus of psychology and founder of the Psychology of Peace and Justice program, is profiled and interviewed extensively about how his experience as a Holocaust survivor led to his creation of the Ethical Policing Is Courageous (EPIC) training program and the Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement (ABLE) project.

Influences of stigma on health outcomes and interventions

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Determining where stigma exists and what effect it’s having on our communities is vital to learning what we can do to counteract its harmful consequences.

Allecia Reid, social psychologist at UMass Amherst, is studying the impact of stigma on the health of communities, as well as how to improve the efficacy of health-related interventions. Her work also considers how the social connections we make affect the health behaviors we choose, and how our thoughts and attitudes may incite changes in this behavior.

Children use race and gender to form beliefs about social status, research finds

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The age when children begin to think about stereotypes and possibly shape them into individual beliefs is a crucial moment in their social development.

New research at UMass Amherst is trying to uncover at what point stereotypical beliefs may emerge, and how they can evolve into prejudicial attitudes.

As children learn about the world around them, they are paying attention to constructs of society like wealth, power, and access to resources. In a recent study, researchers have gained more insight into whether children consider race and gender when deciding how to rank the social status of an individual or group.

​Brien Goodwin awarded the 2020 Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy Student Diversity Award

Brien GoodwinBrien Goodwin has been awarded the 2020 Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (APA Division 29) Student Diversity Award for his published paper "Extending the context-responsive psychotherapy integration framework to cultural processes in psychotherapy." 

Linda Tropp serves on virtual panel 'Social psychological perspectives on the racism pandemic'

RACISM, BIAS, AND DIVERSITY

Linda Tropp, social psychologist, recently served on a virtual panel sponsored by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, entitled "Social psychological perspectives on the racism pandemic." Full video 

Also, in an episode of Mass Appeal, Tropp discussed the motivation behind recent protests calling for racial justice and an end to police violence against Black Americans.
Full video 

UMass Amherst and Partners Launch Summer Leadership Academy for Diverse Students in Technology and Engineering

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Top tech and engineering firms join as sponsors in career development effort

A new leadership academy for students of color and women who are interested in careers in technology and engineering was launched today by the Institute of Diversity Sciences (IDS) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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