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For Practitioners

Research clinics

Research clinics

SPARQ regularly hosts research clinics at Stanford that convene practitioners and researchers in a 2-hour forum. At clinics, attendees troubleshoot issues practitioners are facing in their work and brainstorm evidence-based strategies and solutions to address those issues. Check out past research clinics and partners.

SPARQ at Impact Experience

Workshops and conference sessions

SPARQ also periodically convenes workshops or co-hosts conference sessions with practitioners to spend focused time delving deeply into issues and solutions. We partnered with the Oakland Police Department to host the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy for a roundtable on how to leverage police body-worn camera data. We also partnered with Illumen Capital and Impact Experience to co-host a convening of industry leaders about reducing bias in financial market decision making and a session at SOCAP (also with Prudential) on reducing bias in financial investing.

For Researchers and Students

SPARQlab research assistants


SPARQlab teaches new generations of students how psychology can help change the real world. Research assistants learn how to design and run studies, code data, create surveys, write literature reviews, and more. They also participate in weekly discussions on current events, research methods, and career development. SPARQlab RAs gain valuable research experience and mentoring, and go on to graduate school as well as diverse career paths sparqing change. Learn more about the lab and how to apply.

SPARQ's SPSP session

Workshops and conference sessions

SPARQ periodically hosts sessions and workshops at national conferences. Recent events include a professional development session about building effective research-practitioner partnerships at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Annual Convention; a session about leveraging data to improve police-community interactions and re-imagine policing at the Society for Experimental and Social Psychology Annual Conference; and a session on bias busting at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention.

SPARQshop meeting

Stanford University courses

SPARQ Faculty Co-Directors Jennifer Eberhardt and Hazel Rose Markus regularly teach courses at Stanford about using research in social psychology to tackle disparities and inspire culture change. Stanford students should check out: Race and Crime (PSYCH 259), Race at Work (PSYCH 256), Social Psychological Perspectives on Stereotyping and Prejudice (PSYCH 180), Intergroup Communication (PSYCH 183), Introduction to Cultural Psychology (PSYCH 75), Introduction to Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CSRE 196/PSYCH 183), and Mind, Culture, and Society (PSYCH 215).

SPARQ has also hosted its own course called SPARQshop (PSYC 180A/283A), a course for undergraduate and graduate students who want to learn how to turn social psychological research into digital tools that help solve social ills. SPARQ has also offered a 12@12 / 12@6 interdisciplinary graduate workshop on Research in the Real World.