University of Vermont

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Psychological Science

Sylvia Perry

Social Psychology

Sylvia Perry

Sylvia Perry
Assistant Professor

  • B.A. University of North Texas, 2002
  • M.A. University of Illinois at Chicago, 2006
  • Ph.D. University of Illinois at Chicago, 2010
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Phone: 656-1341
Room: 338

Office Hours: Wednesday 3:00 - 5:00

Website: Social Cognition and Intergroup Processes (SCIP) Laboratory


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.

With her current work, she is investigating (a) the mechanisms that attenuate and exacerbate individuals’ sense of academic fit and well-being, and (b) whether there are individual differences in peoples' awareness of their tendencies to display subtle bias against outgroup members (or bias awareness). Specifically, she is investigating how bias awareness develops, and the implications of bias awareness for prejudice reduction, intergroup contact, and health disparities.

Accepting Graduate Students Fall 2015
Professor Perry is potentially accepting graduate students who enter the program in the Fall of 2015.

Representative Publications

  • Perry, S. P., Dovidio, J. F., Murphy, M. C., & van Ryn, M. (2014). The joint effect of bias awareness and self-reported prejudice on intergroup anxiety and intentions for intergroup contact. Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology, 20.
  • Dovidio, J. F., Gaertner, S. L., Wright, E., & Perry, S. P. (2013). Social conflict, harmony, and integration. In I. B. Weiner, H. A. Tennen, & J. Suls (Eds.), Handbook of psychology, Vol. 5: Personality and social psychology (2nd ed.). New York: Wiley.
  • Van Ryn, M., Burgess, D. J., Dovidio, J. F., Phelan, S. M., Malat, J., Griffin, J. M., Fu, S. S., Saha, S., & Perry, S. P. (2011). The impact of racism on clinician cognition, behavior, and clinical decision-making. The Du Bois Review, 8, 199-218.
  • Perry, S.P., & Skitka, L. J. (2009). Making lemonade? Defensive coping style moderates the effect of stereotype threat on women's math test performance. Journal of Research in Personality, 43, 918-920.
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