Sarah Townsend studies the psychological foundations of inequality. Her research reveals the dysfunctional behaviors and physiological costs that can result when individuals’ cultural norms collide with the dominant cultural norms of organizations. She examines how these “cultural divides” are often a hidden source of inequality, but how they can be used to lessen opportunity gaps and fuel greater cross-group understanding. The director of the Culture, Diversity, and Psychophysiology Lab (CPD Lab) at USC, Dr. Townsend has received recognition including, being named a “Rising Star” by the Association for Psychological Science and “Professor of the Week” by Poets & Quants.
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Nicole Stephens, Sarah Townsend, Lauren Rivera (2021) “The cycle of workplace bias and how to interrupt it,” Research in Organizational Behavior 40.
Andrea Dittmann, Nicole Stephens, Sarah Townsend (2020) “Achievement is not class-neutral: Working together benefits people from working-class contexts,” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 119, 517-539.