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Sylvia Perry, Assistant Professor of Psychological Science

Sylvia Perry

Assistant Professor of Psychological Science

Sylvia Perry, Assistant Professor of Psychological Science, is originally from Raleigh, North Carolina. She completed a bachelor's degree in Psychology at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas (2002), and she received her master's (2006) and doctorate (2010) in Social Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research in graduate school focused on the mechanisms that attenuate and exacerbate racial and gender minorities' sense of academic fit and well-being, and assessing individual differences in Whites' awareness of their tendencies to display subtle bias against Blacks (or bias awareness). As a postdoctoral associate at Yale University, she has investigated how bias awareness develops, and the implications of bias awareness for prejudice reduction, intergroup contact, and health disparities.

Broadly speaking, her research investigates how individual difference factors interact with situational factors to affect intergroup contexts, educational and healthcare settings, and people's sense of belonging and psychological well-being. She uses multiple methods (including lab and online experiments, and longitudinal studies) and measures (including implicit and explicit) to identify the basic cognitive, motivational, and perceptual processes that explain the links between individual difference factors, situational factors, and behavior. She is excited to continue to develop her work at UVM.

In her spare time, Sylvia likes to read graphic novels, collect designer toys, and discover new music. She and her husband are excited to explore all Vermont has to offer.

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