Dr. Sapna Cheryan
Department of Psychology
University of Washington
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Washington, 2014-
Lenore Annenberg and Wallis Annenberg Fellowship in Communication at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University, 2016- 2017
Visiting Scholar, Russell Sage Foundation, New York, 2012-2013
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Washington, 2007-2014
Ph.D., Psychology, Stanford University, 2007
B.A., Psychology (Honors)/American Studies (Honors), Northwestern University, 1999
Master, A., Cheryan, S., & Meltzoff, A.N. (in press). Social group membership increases STEM engagement among preschoolers. Developmental Psychology.
Cheryan, S., Ziegler, S. A., Montoya, A., & Jiang, L. (in press). Why are some STEM fields more gender balanced than others? Psychological Bulletin.
Schweinsberg, M., Madan, N., ... Cheryan, S... Jiang, L... & Uhlmann, E. L. (in press). The pipeline project: Pre-publication independent replications of a single laboratory’s research pipeline. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.
Master, A., Cheryan, S., & Meltzoff, A. N. (2016). Computing whether she belongs: Stereotypes undermine girls' interest and sense of belonging in computer science. Journal of Educational Psychology, 108, 424-437.
Blodorn, A., O'Brien, L. T., Cheryan, S., & Vick, S. B. (2016). Understanding perceptions of racism in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina: The roles of system and group justification. Social Justice Research, 29, 139-158.
Siy, J. O., & Cheryan, S. (2016). Prejudice masquerading as praise: The negative echo of positive stereotypes. Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin, 42, 941-954.
Master, A., Cheryan, S., & Meltzoff, A. N. (2016). Motivation and identity. In K. Wentzel & D. Miele (Eds.), Handbook of Motivation at School. New York, NY: Routledge.
Czopp, A.M, Kay, A. C., & Cheryan, S. (2015). Positive stereotypes are pervasive and powerful. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 10, 451-463.
Cheryan, S., Cameron, J. S., Katagiri, Z., & Monin, B. (2015). Manning up: Threatened men compensate by disavowing feminine preferences and embracing masculine attributes. Social Psychology [Special issue: Men and masculinity], 46, 218-227.
Cheryan, S., Master, A., & Meltzoff, A. N. (2015). Cultural stereotypes as gatekeepers: Increasing girls’ interest in male-dominated STEM fields by diversifying stereotypes. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 1-8.
Zou, L. & Cheryan, S. (2015). When Whites' attempts to be multicultural backfire in intergroup interactions. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 9, 581-592.
Plaut, V. C., Cheryan, S., & Garnett, F. G. (2015). New frontiers in diversity research: Theoretical and practical implications. In M. Mikulincer and P. R. Shaver (Editors-in-Chief). APA Handbook of Personality and Social Psychology. Washington DC: APA Books.
Master, A., Cheryan, S., & Meltzoff, A. N. (2014). Reducing adolescent girls’ concerns about STEM stereotypes: When do female teachers matter? International Review of Social Psychology [Special issue: Stereotype threat in children], 27, 79-102.
Cheryan, S., Ziegler, S. A., Plaut, V. C., & Meltzoff, A. N. (2014). Designing classrooms to maximize student achievement. Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 1, 4-12.
Siy, J. O., & Cheryan, S. (2013). When compliments fail to flatter: American individualism and responses to positive stereotypes. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 104, 87-102.
Cheryan, S., Plaut, V.C., Handron, C., & Hudson, L. (2013). The stereotypical computer scientist: Gendered media representations as a barrier to inclusion for women. Sex Roles, 69, 58-71.
Wang, J., Minervino, C., & Cheryan, S. (2013). Generational differences in vulnerability to identity denial: The role of group identification. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 16, 601-617.
Cheryan, S., Drury, B. J., & Vichayapai, M. (2013). Enduring influence of stereotypical computer science role models on women's academic aspirations. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 37, 72-29.
Cheryan, S. (2012). Understanding the paradox in math-related fields: Why do some gender gaps remain while others do not? [Commentary on Gunderson, Rameriz, and Beilock's "The role of parents and teachers in the development of gender-related math attitudes."] Sex Roles, 66, 184-190.
Cheryan, S., Siy, J. O., Vichayapai, M., Drury, B.J., & Kim, S. (2011). Do female and male role models who embody STEM stereotypes hinder women's anticipated success in STEM? Social Psychological and Personality Science, 2, 656-664.
Drury, B. J., Siy, J. O., & Cheryan, S. (2011). When do female role models benefit women? The importance of differentiating recruitment from retention in STEM. [Commentary on Dasgupta's "Ingroup experts and peers as social vaccines who inoculate the self-concept: The stereotype inoculation model."] Psychological Inquiry, 22, 265-269.
Guendelman, M., Cheryan, S. & Monin, B. (2011). Fitting in but getting fat: Identity threat as an explanation for dietary decline among U.S. immigrant groups. Psychological Science, 22, 959-967.
Cheryan, S., Meltzoff, A. N., & Kim, S. (2011). Classrooms matter: The design of virtual classrooms influences gender disparities in computer science classes. Computers & Education, 57, 1825-1835.
Wang, J., Siy, J. O., & Cheryan, S. (2011). Racial discrimination and mental health among Asian American youth. In F.T., Leong, L. Juang, D. Qin, & H. Fitzgerald (Eds), Asian American and Pacific Islander Children and Mental Health, Volume 1: Development and Context (pp. 219-242). Santa Barbara: Greenwood.
Cheryan, S., & Bodenhausen, G. V. (2011). Model minority. In S. M. Caliendo & C. D. McIlwain (Eds), Routledge Companion to Race & Ethnicity (pp. 173-176). New York: Routledge.
Cheryan, S. & Plaut, V. C. (2010). Explaining underrepresentation: A theory of precluded interest. Sex Roles, 63, 475-488.
Cheryan, S., Plaut, V. C., Davies, P., & Steele, C. M. (2009). Ambient belonging: How stereotypical environments impact gender participation in computer science. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 97, 1045-1060.
Kaiser, C. R., Drury, B. J., Spalding, K. E., Cheryan, S., & O’Brien, L. T. (2009). The ironic consequences of Obama’s election: Decreased support for social justice. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45, 556-569.
Adams, G., Edkins, V., Lacka, D., Pickett, K., & Cheryan, S. (2008). Teaching about racism: Pernicious implications of the standard portrayal, Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 30, 1-13.
Cheryan, S., & Tsai, J. L. (2006). Ethnic Identity. In F. T. Leong, A. G. Inman, A. Ebreo, L. Yang, L. Kinoshita & M. Fu (Eds.), Handbook of Asian American Psychology. Thousand Oakes, CA: Sage.
Cheryan, S., & Monin, B. (2005). Where are you really from? Asian Americans and identity denial. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 89(5), 717-730.
Cheryan, S., & Bodenhausen, G. V. (2000). When positive stereotypes threaten intellectual performance: The psychological hazards of “model minority” status. Psychological Science, 11, 399-402.
Grants & Fellowships
NSF Graduate Supplement, PI, 2016-2017, $35,000
National Science Foundation, Double isolation: Social pressures and gender disparities in computer science, PI, 2014-2017, $596,747
Sloan Foundation, What explains gender differences in computing? A critical review of research on computing in the context of other STEM fields, PI, 2014, $45,987
NSF Career-Life Balance Supplements, PI, 2012, $18,175
Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Supplement to CAREER Award, 2010-2011, $18,000
National Science Foundation CAREER Award, Transforming the image of computing to increase female participation in computer science, PI, 2009-2014, $546,017
National Science Foundation, Transforming engineering through PEERS: Building a better experience for underrepresented students, co-PIs, 2009-2014, $999,998
UW Royalty Research Fund, The influence of stereotypical and non-stereotypical role models on women’s interest in computer science, PI, 2008-2009, $38,297
UW Institute for Ethnic Studies in the United States, Identity threat: An explanation for dietary decline among second generation immigrants to the U.S., PI, 2008-2009, $10,400
Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE) Teaching Fellowship, Stanford University, 2006
Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research Graduate Dissertation Fellowship, Stanford University, 2006
Graduate Research Opportunities (GRO) Research Grant, Stanford University, 2006
American Psychological Association (APA) Dissertation Research Award, 2005
Norman Anderson Graduate Student Grant, Stanford University, 2005
National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Fellowship, 2000–2004
Departmental Teaching Award, Stanford University, 2004
Robert Byrd Scholarship, Northwestern University, 1995–1999
Undergraduate Mentor Award, University of Washington, 2010
Centennial Teaching Assistant Award, Stanford University, 2006
Marjorie Lozoff Graduate Essay Prize, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Stanford University, 2005
Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) Travel Award, 2005
Departmental Teaching Award, Stanford University, 2004
Phi Beta Kappa, Northwestern University, 1999
William Hunt Award for Outstanding Psychological Research, Northwestern University, 1999
William Exum Writing Award, Northwestern University, 1998
Selected Media Mentions
Researchers explain how stereotypes keep girls out of computer science classes, Washington Post, April 2016
What really keeps women out of tech, The New York Times, September 2015
The negative in positive stereotypes, NPR, June 2015
How stereotypes keep women from computer science, NPR, June 2014
Tech shift: More women in computer science classes, San Francisco Chronicle, February 2014
Scientist = geek is a dangerous equation, NPR, October 2013
Why aren’t women interested in computer science? The Wall Street Journal, September 2013
Nerd stereotype may drive women away from computer science, Popular Science, June 2013
Does this green card make me look fat? Immigrants pack on the pounds in America, Vancouver Sun, May 2011
Do immigrant kids get fat to fit in? Time, May 2011
Immigrants eat American junk food to fit in, U.S. News and World Report, May 2011
Program makes math easy as 1, 2, 3, Boston Globe, June 2010
Out of the loop in Silicon Valley, New York Times, April 2010
Love the work, hate the Star Trek figurines, Boston Globe, January 2010
Geeks drive girls out of computer science, MSNBC, December 2009
Star Trek stops women from becoming computer scientists, Wired, December 2009
Prototypes as gatekeepers: Researchers study the consequences for gender participation in computer sciences, NPR, April 2008
Stanford University, Social Psychology Seminar, May 2016
University of Oregon, Psychology Department Colloquium, May 2016
Evergreen Public Lecture, April 2016
Quest University, University Colloquium, January 2016
Google, December 2015
Sloan Foundation, November 2015
Seattle Town Hall, Women's Funding Alliance event, December 2014
University of British Columbia, Social Psychology Seminar, November 2014
Stanford University, Social Seminar, March 2014
Portland State Distinguished Speaker, Department Colloquium, January 2014
Wesleyan University, Department Colloquium, April 2013
Tufts University, Diversity Science Colloquium, April 2013
Board of Trustees of the Russell Sage Foundation, February 2013
Russell Sage Foundation, Scholars Seminar, February 2013
Princeton University, Social Psychology Seminar, November 2012
Yale University, Social Lunch, October 2012
Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Conference, Seattle, WA, February 2012
Women in Engineering Proactive Network (Keynote address), Bellevue, WA, June 2011
Stereotypes of computer scientists and their consequences for women's participation. Allen L. Edwards Department of Psychology public lecture, University of Washington, February 2011
National Science Foundation, February 2011
Microsoft Research, December 2010
Annual Meeting of the National Center for Women in Information Technology, Social Science Advisory Board, May 2010
Stereotypes as gatekeepers. TEDx Conference, Seattle, WA, April 2010
LEAD conference (NSF-funded national workshop for department chairs), University of Washington, July 2008
Berkeley College and the Asian American Cultural Center, Yale University, March 2008
Yale School of Management Summer Camp: Identity & Organizations, June 2007
Computer Science and Engineering faculty, Stanford University, April 2007
Stereotypes as gatekeepers: Increasing the representation of women in computer science. Google, Mountain View, CA, April 2007
User Research Intern, Adobe Systems Inc., San Jose, CA, 2002 - 2007
Statistical Consultant, HopeLab, Palo Alto, CA, 2003 - 2006
Management Consultant, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Bethesda, MD, 1999 - 2001
Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP)
American Psychological Society (APS)
American Psychological Association (APA)
National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Social Science Advisory Board