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Our Team

Jennifer Eberhardt

Jennifer Eberhardt, Ph.D., is Morris M. Doyle Centennial Professor of Public Policy, Professor of Psychology, and Faculty Co-Director of SPARQ. She studies the psychological association between race and crime and the dehumanization of Black Americans in contemporary society. Through interdisciplinary collaborations and innovative methods—from laboratory studies to novel field experiments—her work demonstrates the consequences of these racial associations in criminal justice, education, and business. Dr. Eberhardt is the author of Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do, a recipient of the MacArthur “genius grant,” and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Contact: jleberhardt@stanford.edu


Hazel Rose Markus, Ph.D., is Davis-Brack Professor in the Behavioral Sciences, Professor of Psychology, and Faculty Co-Director of SPARQ. She studies how cultures, including those of nation or region of origin, gender, social class, race, ethnicity, religion, and occupation shape—and are, in turn, shaped by—people’s thoughts, feelings, motivations, and actions. She applies this cultural psychology framework to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in schools, workplaces, and other important contexts in people’s lives, and to catalyzing culture change. Dr. Markus is the co-author of Clash!: How to Thrive in a Multicultural World and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Contact: hmarkus@stanford.edu


MarYam Hamedani

MarYam Hamedani, Ph.D., is Managing Director and Senior Research Scientist at SPARQ. She studies and puts into practice strategies to help people live, work, and thrive in today’s increasingly diverse and divided world. At SPARQ, she works on improving police-community relations, promoting racial literacy, educating people about social differences, and designing empowering schools and programs for underrepresented students. The former Associate Director of Stanford’s Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE) and the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE), Dr. Hamedani is also a Stanford Ph.D. alum in psychology. Contact: maryamh@stanford.edu


Alia Crum

Alia Crum, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Psychology and SPARQ’s Director of Health. She studies how changes in subjective mindsets can alter objective reality through behavioral, psychological, and physiological mechanisms. She researches how mindsets can be consciously and deliberately changed through intervention to improve organizational and individual performance, physiological and psychological well-being, and interpersonal effectiveness. Dr. Crum is also the director of the Mind & Body Lab at Stanford. Contact: crum@stanford.edu


Rebecca Hetey

Rebecca Hetey, Ph.D., is Associate Director of Criminal Justice Partnerships and Research Scientist at SPARQ. She is an expert on race and the criminal justice system and focuses on strategies to improve police-community relations. At SPARQ, Dr. Hetey works closely with law enforcement across California on research and training initiatives. She received her Ph.D. in psychology at Stanford, where she was advised by SPARQ Faulty Co-Director Jennifer Eberhardt, and her B.A. from Yale University. Contact: rhetey@stanford.edu


Lucy Zhang Bencharit

Lucy Zhang Bencharit, Ph.D., is a Research Scientist at SPARQ. She studies the ways in which culture shapes how people present themselves on job applications, make hiring decisions, choose leaders, and work together. At SPARQ, Dr. Bencharit examines the psychological and interpersonal impacts of cultural experiences, and designs interventions to reduce bias and increase belonging in workplace settings. Dr. Bencharit is a Stanford Ph.D. alum in psychology. Contact: ylzhang@stanford.edu


Sarah Lyons-Padilla

Sarah Lyons-Padilla, Ph.D., is a Research Scientist at SPARQ. A cultural psychologist by training, she is interested in how people manage different identities, how bias operates in the workplace, and what makes people turn to extremism. At SPARQ, she works at the intersection of research and practice, leading experimental and field research projects that help organizations build more diverse and inclusive cultures. She received her Ph.D. in social and industrial-organizational psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park. Contact: sarahlp@stanford.edu


Amrita Maitreyi

Amrita Maitreyi is a Research Associate at SPARQ. She received a B.S. in Psychology from Tufts University, and previously worked as Lab Manager and Research Coordinator of the Mind, Culture, and Society Lab at Stanford. At SPARQ, she works on projects about fostering economic mobility and improving police-community relations. Contact: amaitreyi@stanford.edu


Maggie Perry

Maggie Perry is a Research Associate at SPARQ. Her background includes research related to inequality, bias, and mindsets. At SPARQ, she works on projects aimed at improving police-community relations. She also works as a research assistant in the Mind & Body Lab with Dr. Alia Crum. Contact: mperry3@stanford.edu


Rachel Song

Rachel Song is the Research Manager at SPARQ. Her research interests include racial bias, diversity, and collective action. She manages SPARQ’s team of undergraduate research assistants, and works on projects about designing inclusive workspaces and improving youth empowerment programs. Contact: rachelxsong@stanford.edu


Nick Camp

Nick Camp, Ph.D., is a Postdoctoral scholar in Psychology at Stanford and at SPARQ. He studies the influence of race in both basic psychological processes of perception and in the real-world context of policing. He draws from research across disciplines and methodologies, ranging from surveys in community DMV offices to brain imaging. Dr. Camp’s dissertation research looks at racial disparities in the context, content, and consequences of everyday police encounters. Contact: ncamp@stanford.edu


Vinod Prabhakaran

Vinod Prabhakaran, Ph.D., is a Research Affiliate at SPARQ. His research brings together natural language processing techniques, machine learning algorithms, and social science methods to address large-scale societal issues such as racial disparities in policing, workplace incivility, gender bias and stereotypes, and abusive behavior online. Dr. Prabhakaran works as a Research Scientist at Google on issues around Ethical AI and ML Fairness. Contact: vinod@cs.stanford.edu


Graduate Student Research Affiliates

Camilla Griffiths

Camilla Griffiths is a doctoral student in social psychology at Stanford. She studies how people learn about racial identity and racial bias through their interactions with people and institutions, with a focus on policing and education.


Kari Leibowitz

Kari Leibowitz is a doctoral student in social psychology at Stanford. She researches how to promote mindsets that increase psychosocial well-being, with a particular emphasis on understanding compassionate mindsets in various populations.


Ellen Reinhart

Ellen Reinhart is a doctoral student in social psychology at Stanford. She studies how race shapes perception in the criminal justice system and how people perceive social inequality across cultures.


Catherine Thomas

Catherine Thomas is a doctoral student in social psychology at Stanford. She studies how to leverage social and cultural insights to improve economic development interventions.


Brad Turnwald

Brad Turnwald is a doctoral student in social psychology at Stanford. He studies how mindsets can affect physiological outcomes and health-related behaviors.


Rob Voigt

Rob Voigt is a doctoral student in linguistics at Stanford. He studies natural language processing, social meaning, sociophonetics and interactional variation, Chinese and Japanese linguistics, gesture and embodiment, and applications of linguistic research to social good.


SPARQlab Undergraduate Student Research Assistants

SPARQlab Winter 2019 RAs

SPARQ’s research assistants are an essential and valuable part of our team. Learn more about how to become a research assistant.

Pictured left to right: Vickie Wang ‘19, Iris Osorio-Villatoro ‘20, Gabi Smith ‘20, Somer Bryant ‘22, Maya Salameh ‘22, Noah Louis-Ferdinand ‘21 (Not pictured: Adamari Alamillo ‘20)