Dr Teri Kirby
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 structures intended to convey pro-diversity messages to racial minorities and members of other underrepresented groups shape their sense of belonging, self-concept, and ability to detect discrimination in those contexts.

In addition to my substantive interests in diversity and social identity, I also have an interest in implicit measurement. Given the sensitivity surrounding issues related to diversity, it is important to be able to accurately measure attitudes that people may be unable or unwilling to report. 

Research projects

1. How do pro-diversity messages, initiatives, and spaces shape self-concept, sensitivity to discrimination, and academic and work outcomes? I examine these questions especially among women and ethnic and sexual minorities.

2. Gender and leadership

3. Intersecting stigmatized identities

3. Identity and belonging among sexual minorities


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
  • 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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