- Main Menu
- Sub Menu
- Our Commitment to Diversity
- Student Resources
- Shining the Spotlight on Diversity in the Psychology Department
- Diversity in Our Clinical Training
Sara Burke received her PhD in August 2016, and is now a postdoc in our department. She studies intergroup bias – stereotypes, prejudice, discrimination, and experiences of stigma. Specifically, her research focuses on variations in the way bias operates when it targets different groups, highlighting cases where addressing underexamined target groups reveals novel insights about bias that would otherwise have escaped notice. In one line of work, she examines how people think about social groups that they perceive as falling in between more readily acknowledged groups. Results suggest that many people perceive intermediate social categories (e.g., biracial, bisexual) as less “real” than other social categories (e.g., White, Black, Native American, heterosexual, gay/lesbian). In some cases, this view is associated with negative attitudes toward intermediate groups. In another, related line of work, she examines perceptions of people with concealable stigmatized identities, including sexual minorities, transsexual people, and people with mental illnesses like depression. For the most up-to-date information, please visit her website (saraemilyburke.com) or send her an email.