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Caryn J. Block

Professional Background

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Industrial/Organizational Psychology, New York University
  • M.A., Psychology, New York University
  • B.S., Psychology, University of Illinois - Urbana

Scholarly Interests

  • The long term effects of stereotype threat in the workplace
  • The influence of race and gender stereotypes on perceptions of leaders
  • Consequences of using both descriptive and prescriptive racial stereotypes in evaluations of leaders

Selected Publications

Buontempo, G., Matthews, C.T., & Block, C.J. (in press).  Sex and gender role identification as predictors of relational and
 independent approaches to work.  
Journal of Applied Social Psychology.

Castro, M., Block, C.J., Ferraris, D. & Roberson, L. (2013).  Was my social identity  just threatened?  Making meaning of gendered cues in STEM academe.  Best Paper Proceedings, Academy of Management Conference, Orlando, Florida.

Block, C.J., Aumann, K. & Chelin, A. (2012).  Assessing stereotypes of Black and White managers: A diagnostic ratio approach.  Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 42, S1, E128-E149.

Liberman, B.E., Block, C.J., & Koch, S.M. (2011) Diversity trainer preconceptions: The Effects of trainer race and gender on perceptions of diversity trainer effectiveness.  Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 33, 279-293.

Block, C.J., Koch, S.M., Liberman, B.E., Merriweather, T.J., & Roberson, L. (2011).  Contending with stereotype threat at work:  A model of long-term responses.  The Counseling Psychologist, 39(4), 570-600.

Parlamis, J., Allred, K., & Block, C.J.  (2010).  Letting off steam or just steaming?  The influence of target and status on attributions and anger.  International Journal of Conflict Management, 21, 260-280.

Pfirman, S., Block, C., Bell, R. Roberson, L. & Culligan, P. (2010).  Perspective: Transitioning from pet to peer.  Science Career Magazine, January 29, 2010.

biographical information

Caryn Block is an Associate Professor in the Department of Organization and Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. Professor Block is known for her work on diversity issues in organizations. Her recent work focuses on understanding the experience of women leaders in predominately male-dominated careers and the strategies that they use to be successful in these environments.  Her publications also examine the influence of gender and racial stereotypes on how leaders are perceived by others, and the influence of racial and gender identity in organizational contexts. Dr. Block has collaborated with researchers at the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health to examine the impact of perceived racial discrimination at work on adjustment, and with researchers at the ADVANCE Project of the National Science Foundation examining the long-term effects of stereotype threat on women scientists. Professor Block is also a faculty member in the Columbia Business School, Executive Education Programs that focus on leadership development. In addition, she coaches executives using multi-rater feedback on improving their capacity to lead. In her consulting and executive coaching practice, she has worked with senior leaders on diversity issues, process consultation and organizational learning.  She has worked with groups in the United States, Asia, Israel, and Australia.  Professor Block received her masters and doctoral degrees in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from New York University.

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professional experiences

Recent Presentations:

Castro, M., Block, C.J., Ferraris, D. & Roberson, L. (2013).  Was my social identity just threatened?  Making meaning of gendered cues in STEM academe.  Academy of Management Conference, Orlando, Florida. (Best Paper Proceedings)

Harel-Marian, T. & Block, C.J.  (2013).  Organizational dress as a response to gender identity threat: The case of women scientists in academia.  25th Annual Ethnogrpahic and Qualitative Research Conference, Cedarville, Ohio.

Merriweather, T.J., Block, C.J., Roberson, L., & Mann, A. (2013). What can be done? Potential solutions to ameliorating social identity threat for women scientists.  Equality, Diversity and Inclusion International Conference. Athens, Greece. (Best Paper Award).

Katz-Navon T., Unger-Aviram E., & Block, C.J. (2013). Team and dispositional goal orientations at work: The mediating role of negative affect. 15th International Academy of Management and Business Conference, Lisbon, Portugal.

Invited Addresses:

Hebrew University, Executive Masters in Business Administration Program, Jerusalem, Israel. Leadership through Self-Awareness Workshop.  April, 2009.

25th Annual Winter Roundtable on Cultural Psychology and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University – Keynote Speaker, February 2008.

The Interdisciplinary Center, Arison School of Business, Herzilya, Israel – Leadership through Self-Awareness Workshop, February 2008.

American Psychological Association Work, Stress and Health Conference, Washington D.C. - Building Occupational Safety and Health Skills for the 21st Century:  Cultural Competence Workshop for Researchers and Practitioners, April, 2008.

National Science Foundation ADVANCE Principal Investigators Meeting  - Arlington, VA. Invited address on the Long-term Effects of Stereotype Threat on Women Scientists, June, 2007.

honors and awards

Paper chosen as 1 of 6 (since 2005) to represent Industrial/Organizational Psychology in the American Psychological Association Continuing Education Program (Block, Koch, Liberman, Merriweather & Roberson, 2011).

Sponsored Doctoral Dissertation (Diane Bergeron) that was the winner of “Best Paper Based on a Dissertation” Award from Academy of Management’s Gender & Diversity in Organizations Division (2005).

Teachers College, Columbia University, Outstanding Teacher Award  (1998-2006) *
 *Awards discontinued by the college beginning, 2007

professional organization membership

Professor Block is a member of the Academy of Management, American Psychological Society, and the American Psychological Association (Division of Industrial Organizational Psychology).

Professor Block serves as an ad hoc reviewer for the Journal of Applied Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, American Psychologist. Journal of Organizational and Occupational Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Academy of Management Review, and Sex Roles

ORLJ 4005: Organizational psychology

Introduction to theories and research that underlie the field of organizational psy-chology. Implications and applications in various organizational contexts are considered.

ORLJ 4901: Research and independent study in social-organizational psychology

ORLJ 5040: Research methods in social psychology

Open only to qualified doctoral students in the behavioral or social sciences. Representative approaches to practice in the design, conduct, and analysis of research. Fall: Experimental and quasi-experimental design. Spring: Field and survey methods; policy and evaluation research.

ORLJ 6347: Research workgroup in social-organizational psychology: Motivational issues in organizations

Permission required. Limited to doctoral students. Topics are announced in the preliminary and final course schedules distributed each semester.

ORLJ 6500: Stereotypes and stereotypic processes in organizational contexts

Open only to qualified doctoral students in the behavioral or social sciences. This course seeks to understand how stereotypes are typically structured and operate, as well as the types of information they include. This course specifically considers the role of stereotypes and stereotypic processes in organizational contexts.

ORLJ 6901: Advanced research and independent study in social-organizational psychology

ORLJ 8900: Dissertation advisement in social-organizational psychology

Fee to equal 3 points at current tuition rate for each term. For requirements, see section on Continuous Registration for Ed.D./Ph.D. degrees.

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