Dr Teri Kirby
Senior Lecturer in Social and Organisational Psychology


Research interests

My research is primarily concerned with how institutions and individuals in increasingly diverse contexts can ensure inclusivity and facilitate the success of people from many different group backgrounds. More specifically, much of my recent work has examined how societal messages intended to embrace diversity shape sense of belonging, self-concept, and ability to detect discrimination.

Research projects

1. How does the presence of diversity structures impact sensitivity to discrimination? (with Cheryl Kaiser)

2. How do diversity initiatives and messages that embrace group differences impact stereotypes and desire to enter, persist, and feel authentic in counter-stereotypical workplace or domains (e.g., leadership roles for women)?  I examine these questions especially among women and ethnic minorities (with Cheryl Kaiser, Michelle Ryan).

3. How do identity-focused spaces shape self-concept and academic and work outcomes? I examine these questions especially among ethnic minorities (with Sapna Cheryan, Thomas Morton, Joshua Ng).

4. How do people construe gender diversity initiatives strategically? Might the very initiatives intended to benefit women be used in pernicious ways by those who are resistant to gender equality in the workplace? (with Michelle Ryan, Floor Rink, Seval Gundemir)

5. Do diversity initiatives neglect the experiences of those with intersecting stigmatized identities? (with Edwina Wong, Floor Rink, Michelle Ryan)

6. Do women overlook the discrimination experienced by those with intersecting stigmatized identities? (with Thekla Morgenroth)

7. How does the presence of identity-safe messages impact sexual minorities' willingness to disclose their sexual identity in the workplace? How do they cope when these messages do not match the reality of the diversity climate? (with Manuela Barreto)

8. How do biological messages about the nature of sexual orientation impact sexual minorities? (with Thekla Morgenroth)

9. Implicit identity among bisexual individuals (with Cheryl Kaiser)

10. How does borrowing cultural practices (or cultural appropriation) impact the targeted cultures? 

11. What barriers prevent men from publicly supporting gender equality? (with Antonia Sudkaemper, Thekla Morgenroth, Michelle Ryan) 

12. Are members of underrepresented groups more likely to be appointed to precarious leadership positions? (with Thekla Morgenroth, Antonia Sudkaemper, Michelle Ryan) 




Research networks


Professor Manuela Barreto

Dr. Thekla Morgenroth

Professor Thomas Morton

Professor Michelle Ryan


Professor Cheryl Kaiser, University of Washington, US

Professor Anthony Greenwald, University of Washington, US

Professor Sapna Cheryan, University of Washington, US

Professor Angela Duckworth, University of Pennsylvania, US

Professor Paul Rozin, University of Pennsylvania, US

Professor Gabriele Oettingen, New York University, US

Professor Brenda Major, University of California, Santa Barbara, US

Dr. Gillian Sandstrom, University of Essex, UK

Research grants

  • 2018 European Association for Social Psychology
    €750 Travel Award to visit NYU for collaboration - How Messages to “Lean In” Impact Female Leaders
  • 2018 ESRC
    £255,911 New Investigator Award - The Paradox of Gender-Conscious Diversity Initiatives: How Accentuating Gender Differences May Perpetuate Workplace Gender Inequality
  • 2017 Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
    $2,000 Grant-in-Aid - How Do Organizational Diversity Philosophies Impact Women’s Progression to Leadership Positions?
  • 2017 CLES Strategic Development Fund
    £3,645 - Facilitating High Impact Experimental Research in Psychology
  • 2016 CLES Strategic Development Fund
    £1,398 - Diversity Policies & Ethnic Minorities’ Workplace Outcomes
  • 2015 Alcor Endowment
    $6,000 Research Fellowship - The Demands of Diversity Philosophies: Strategic Self-Stereotyping Among Racial Minorities
  • 2012 National Science Foundation
    $96,000 Graduate Research Fellowship - Ironic Effects of Multicultural Policies: Increased Susceptibility to Stereotype Threat


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