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Social-Organizational Psychology

In Organization and Leadership

Caryn Block

Topics of Interest:

  • The experiences of leaders in the demographic minority and the strategies they use to be successful in these environments
  • The long-term effects of stereotype threat in the workplace
  • The consequences of using gender and racial stereotypes in evaluations of people at work

Current Workgroup Members:

  • Caryn Block, Ph.D.
  • Ariel Bernstein, Ph.D. Student
  • Joe Dillard, Ph.D. Student
  • Jennifer Kim, M.A. Student
  • Duoc Nguyen, Ph.D. Student
  • Danielle Pfaff, Ph.D. Student

Workgroup Members Continuing Work on Projects and Papers:

  • Mekayla Castro, Ph.D.
  • Mateo Cruz, Ph.D. Student
  • Dyan Ferraris, Ph.D. Student
  • Avina Gupta, Ph.D.
  • Taly Harel-Marian, Ph.D. Student
  • Tarani Merriweather, Ph.D. Student

Current Research:

  • Understanding reactions of Asian-Americans to racial microaggressions in the workplace
  • Differences in letters of recommendations STEMming from gender bias
  • Making meaning of gendered cues in STEM fields in academic settings
  • Working in stereotype threatening contexts: The case of women STEM faculty at a top tier research university
  • Organizational dress as a response to gender inequity: The case of women scientists in academia
  • Assessing stereotypes of Black male mangers, White male managers, Black female managers and White female managers using a diagnostic ratio approach.
  • Does a pre-existing relationship buffer female managers from the negative consequences of anger expression in the workplace?

Past Research:

  • Assessing stereotypes of Black and White managers: A diagnostic ratio approach
  • Diversity trainer preconceptions: The Effects of trainer race and gender on perceptions of diversity trainer effectiveness

Representative Publications:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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