Bettina Casad, Ph.D.
Director, Behavioral Neuroscience Program
Dr. Bettina Casad's training is in Social Psychology with specialization in social cognition and intergroup relations, and her interdisciplinary research addresses topics in industrial/organizational psychology, health, and education. She examines stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination from both the target’s and perceiver’s perspectives. Her particular interest is in stereotype violation and how individuals who violate expectations are evaluated and treated, and also how being a stereotype violator affects one's identity, psychological well-being, and physical health.
Dr. Casad's current research program investigates the mechanisms linking experiences of stigma to psychological well-being, educational and career achievements, and physical health. She uses multiple measures in her experimental research including self-report, implicit, non-verbal, behavioral, and physiological measures. Her research program has been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Army Research Institute, Psi Chi, the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, and the Haynes Foundation. She is interested in working with graduate students from I/O, behavioral neuroscience, and clinical psychology who share similar research interests.