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Dr. Sapna Cheryan
Department of Psychology
University of Washington
scheryan@uw.edu

Position

Assistant Professor, University of Washington, 2007-present

Education

Ph.D., Psychology, Stanford University, June 2007

B.A., Psychology (Honors)/American Studies (Honors), Northwestern University, Sept 1995 - June 1999

Publications

Siy, J. O., & Cheryan, S. (in press). When compliments fail to flatter: American individualism and responses to positive stereotypes. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Cheryan, S., Drury, B. J., & Vichayapai, M. (in press). Enduring influence of stereotypical computer science role models on women's academic aspirations. Psychology of Women Quarterly.

Wang, J., Minervino, C., & Cheryan, S. (in press). Generational differences in vulnerability to identity denial: The role of group identification. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations.

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

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: Sapna Cheryan, 2009-2014, $546,017

National Science Foundation, Transforming engineering through PEERS: Building a better experience for underrepresented students, PI: Phyllis Wise, co-PIs: Eve Riskin, Joyce Yen, Sapna Cheryan, Sheryl Burgstahler, 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: Sapna Cheryan, 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 US, PI: Sapna Cheryan, 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

Awards

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

Does this green card make me look fat? Immigrants pack on the pounds in America, Vancouver Sun, May 2011

‘Fatting in’: Immigrant groups eat high-calorie American meals to fit in, study finds, Science Daily, 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

Nerds keep women away from computer science, National Public Radio, 20-minute segment, December 2009

Geeks drive girls out of computer science, MSNBC, December 2009

Of geeks and girls, Science Notes, August 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, National Public Radio, 15-minute segment, April 2008

Invited Talks

Cheryan, S. (2012, January). As American as apple pie: Threats to the American identity influence food choices among U.S. Immigrant groups. 13th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA.

Cheryan, S., & Monin, B. (2012, January). The psychology of food: How everyday cues shape our choices and cravings (Symposium co-chair). 13th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA.

Cheryan, S. (2012, January). Double isolation: STEM stereotypes as a barrier to inclusion for women. Social Cognition pre-conference, 13th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA.

Cheryan, S. (2011, June). Does stereotype threat + image = underrepresentation of women? Women in Engineering Proactive Network (Keynote address), Bellevue, WA.

Cheryan, S. (2011, February). Stereotypes of computer scientists and their consequences for women's participation. Allen L. Edwards Department of Psychology public lecture, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.

Cheryan, S. (2011, February). Stereotypes of computer scientists and their consequences for women's participation. National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.

Cheryan, S. (2011, January). The design of academic environments influences women's aspirations and expected performance in STEM. 12th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio, TX.

Cheryan, S. (2010, December). Explaining women's underrepresentation in computer science: The role of gender stereotypes. Microsoft Research, Redmond, WA.

Cheryan, S. (2010, October). Do female and male role models who embody STEM stereotypes steer women away? Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology, Minneapolis, MN.

Cheryan, S. (2010, August). Stereotypes as gatekeepers: Consequences for women's participation in science. Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, Division 8 invited speaker, San Diego, CA.

Cheryan, S. (2010, May). Physical environments convey stereotypes. Annual Meeting of the National Center for Women in Information Technology, Social Science Advisory Board, Portland, OR.

Cheryan, S. (2010, April). Stereotypes as gatekeepers. TEDx Conference, Seattle, WA.

Cheryan, S. (2009, April). Ambient belonging: How stereotypical cues impact gender participation in computer science. 89th Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological Association, Portland, OR.

Cheryan, S. (2008, July). The impact of implicit bias on women & underrepresented minorities in STEM. LEAD conference (NSF-funded national workshop for department chairs), University of Washington.

Cheryan, S. (2008, March). Identity, stereotypes, and belonging. Paper presented at Berkeley College and the Asian American Cultural Center, Yale University, New Haven, CT.

Cheryan, S. (2007, June). Prototypes as gatekeepers: Consequence for gender participation in computer science. Yale School of Management Summer Camp: Identity & Organizations, New Haven, CT.

Cheryan, S. (2007, April). Stereotypes as gatekeepers: Increasing the representation of women in computer science. Computer Science and Engineering faculty, Stanford, CA.

Cheryan, S. (2007, April). Stereotypes as gatekeepers: Increasing the representation of women in computer science. Google, Mountain View, CA.

Cheryan, S., & Monin, B. (2006, June). Where are you really from? Asian Americans and identity denial. 6th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, Long Beach, CA.

Cheryan, S., & Monin, B. (2005, January). Where are you really from? Asian Americans and identity denial. 6th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, New Orleans, LA.

Cheryan, S., & Monin, B. (2005, January). Describing, defining, and defending “-American”: Understanding the relationship between American and ethnic identity. Symposium co-chair at the 6th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, New Orleans, LA.

Cheryan, S., Plaut, V.C., Davies, P., & Steele, C.M. (2005, May). “I’m not a geek”: How the sociocultural representation of computer science affects women. Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA), Chicago, IL.

Cheryan, S., Plaut, V.C., Davies, P., & Steele, C.M. (2004, May). Computer geeks: How the sociocultural representation of computer science majors affects women. Stanford-Berkeley talks, Stanford, CA.

Cheryan, S., & Monin, B. (2003, April). Reacting to marginal group status: Asian Americans as “Perpetual Foreigners.” Stanford-Berkeley talks, Berkeley, CA.

Professional Experience

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

Professional Affiliations

Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP)

American Psychological Society (APS)

American Psychological Association (APA)

Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA)

National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Social Science Advisory Board