How the Pitfalls of Fake Science Might Skew Your Diversity & Inclusion Approach

Recently there has been increased publicity around “fake” scientific studies. These have two major implications for our work. First, they may serve to increase existing skepticism about the value of applying scientific evidence to D&I efforts. Second, well-meaning D&I consultants and trainers may not know how to distinguish real studies from fake evidence or high-quality…

Creating Inclusion in the Workplace in the Wake of the Kavanaugh Confirmation

Today’s leadership is in the position of inheriting problems with origins beyond their immediate professional environment. Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation has been a flashpoint issue for many Americans, no matter which side they fall on. Significant cultural events like these are not limited to “outside the workplace” discussion. They will find their way to…

The Impact of Racism on Clinician Cognition, Behavior and Clinical Decision Making

Over the past two decades, thousands of studies have demonstrated that Blacks receive lower quality medical care than Whites, independent of disease status, setting, insurance, and other clinically relevant factors. Despite this, there has been little progress towards eradicating these inequities. Almost a decade ago we proposed a conceptual model identifying mechanisms through which clinicians’ behavior, cognition, and decision making might be influenced by implicit racial biases and explicit racial stereotypes, and thereby contribute to racial inequities in care. Empirical evidence has supported many of these hypothesized mechanisms, demonstrating that White medical care clinicians: (1) hold negative implicit racial biases and explicit racial stereotypes, (2) have implicit racial biases that persist independently of and in contrast to their explicit (conscious) racial attitudes, and (3) can be influenced by racial bias in their clinical decision making and behavior during encounters with Black patients. This paper applies evidence from several disciplines to further specify our original model and elaborate on the ways racism can interact with cognitive biases to affect clinicians’ behavior and decisions and in turn, patient behavior and decisions. We then highlight avenues for intervention and make specific recommendations to medical care and grant-making organizations

Social Harmony versus Social Change? Majority and Minority Perspectives on Common Identity

These slides are from a presentation Dr. Dovidio gave for a scientific audience at the U Mass Conference on Inter-Group Conflict, 2010   Abstract: The effects of positive intergroup contact for improving intergroup attitudes are impressively and extensively documented. Beyond demonstrating the robustness of these effects, recently research has focused on identifying key factors that…

Unintended Bias in Health Care Strategies for Providing More Equitable Care

Research shows that unintentional bias on the part of physicians can influence the way they treat patients from
certain racial and ethnic groups. Most physicians are unaware that they hold such biases, which can unknowingly
contribute to inequalities in health care delivery. This article explains why a person’s thoughts and behaviors may
not align, and provides strategies for preventing implicit biases from interfering with patient care.

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How to Keep Women from Advancing in 4 Easy Steps (And Feel Good About It)

Gender stereotypes are not just descriptive, they are prescriptive. It’s not just how women are, it’s how women are supposed to be. And women who behave out of role are punished for it. —Susan Fiske, PhD I have been thinking a lot about what happened to Hillary Clinton. She has her faults –  I could…

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Studying Racial Inequalities from a White Racial Frame

In addition to directing Partners in Equity & Inclusion (diversity & inclusion climate assessment, training, consulting) I am also a researcher studying racial and other inequalities in health care. Given the atrocities around us (and, of course, the unbearable cesspool of the Trump Campaign) it’s been hard to just continue on with the same research…