Dr. Luis Rivera Research Talk on Social Psychology-Criminal Justice Project & Career Social Hour

Friday, December 3, 2021 5:15pm

Luis RiveraDr. Rivera is Associate Professor of Psychology at Rutgers University-Newark, 2020 Policy Fellow on Capitol Hill, and UMass Amherst PhD Alum

Thursday, Dec. 2, 6-7PM: ZOOM Career Social Hour for graduate students

Friday, Dec. 3, 5:15-7PM: In-Person Research Talk for faculty, students, staff


Implicit criminal cognition: Empirical (and some controversial) insights from a social psychology-criminal justice project 

We invite faculty, students, and staff to this lecture and discussion, to take place in-person over a light dinner at the Marriott Center, 11th floor of Campus Center, at UMass Amherst. All attendees must be vaccinated and wear masks except when eating/drinking. Alternatively, you are welcome to stay masked and take your food to go!

Register for this IN-PERSON event on Dec 3, 5:15-7PM here.
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How can research and policy career pathways cross for social good?

We invite graduate students, and undergraduates interested in graduate studies, to join us for a career social hour with Dr. Rivera, who will discuss his career trajectory and ways his research intersects with the policy world.  As an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellow (STPF), Rivera used his expertise on implicit and explicit biases to draft legislation and oversight letters that addressed the role of biases in artificial intelligence, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on marginalized groups.

Luis will share his experiences regarding: 

  • Choosing your career path
  • Mentors -- building your support team
  • Facing and overcoming obstacles along the way
  • Landing fellowships, post-docs, and a job 

Register for this ZOOM social hour on Dec. 2, 6-7PM here
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More about Dr. Luis Rivera:

Dr. Rivera is an Associate Professor in the Psychology Dept. at Rutgers University-Newark and a PhD alum from UMass Amherst. His experimental research investigates the implicit social cognitive processes that underlie stereotyped attitudes and how these processes shape the self, identity, and health of stigmatized individuals. His research elucidates the contextual and motivational factors that shape individuals’ stereotyped-based cognition about themselves and others that occur outside of awareness, control, and intention. His research has implications for the development and maintenance of stigmatized individuals’ social identities, the expression of implicit (and explicit) stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination, and the presence and persistence of health disparities between members of socially advantaged and disadvantaged groups. As an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellow (STPF) in the office of U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (Oregon), Rivera used his expertise on implicit and explicit biases to draft legislation and oversight letters that addressed the role of biases in artificial intelligence, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on marginalized groups. Read more about his fellowship experience here and hereRead his bio here.

Research Area: 

Social Psychology