Evava Pietri

School of Science / Department of Psychology IUPUI

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Areas of Expertise

The importance of role models, particularly for Black and Latina women, in sciences/leadership/politics; sexism in the sciences; interventions to reduce bias; reducing bias via media/videos; the importance of representation in media/leadership.

Expert Bio

Evava "Eva" Pietri is a social psychologist studying attitudes and interventions in science, leadership and politics, particularly related to Black and Latina women. This includes a forthcoming analysis on the influence of Kamala Harris on feelings of political representation among minority women. Much of her current research focuses on reducing biases and promoting welcoming environments in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

For instance, in one line of research she is exploring who acts as inspirational role models for Black and Latina women in STEM and leadership. In another line of research, she is examining the effectiveness of video interventions for reducing sexism in STEM. An overarching goal of her work is to investigate how basic processes in social cognition and attitudes influence a variety of domains pertinent to real-world issues.

Pietri received her Ph.D. in social psychology at The Ohio State University. She then completed a postdoctoral position at Yale University, during which she worked in the psychology department and the Center for Scientific Teaching.

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Additional Information

Pietri Lab publications: https://www.pietrilab.com/publications

Video: "Diversity Science: The Impact of Interventions": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRcR7WkSPvg

Science Daily: "Keeping Black women in science": https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190416170914.htm

Stylist: Importance of visible role models for Black women in STEM: https://www.stylist.co.uk/visible-women/black-women-stem-representation-visibility/262679

Updated on: November 11, 2020