Lab director

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Linda R. Tropp, Ph.D.

Tropp is Professor of Social Psychology in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Faculty Associate in the School of Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. For more than two decades she has studied how members of diverse groups experience contact with each other, and how differences in status and power affect cross-group relations. She has worked with national organizations to present relevant research evidence for U.S. Supreme Court cases on racial integration and equity in education. She has also worked on state and nationwide initiatives to promote positive interracial relations and equity in U.S. public schools, and with nongovernmental organizations to evaluate interventions designed to bridge group differences in divided societies. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Tropp has received distinguished research and teaching awards from the Society of Experimental Social Psychology, the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues and the International Society of Political Psychology.  Tropp is coauthor of When Groups Meet: The Dynamics of Intergroup Contact (2011) and editor of several books, including Moving Beyond Prejudice Reduction: Pathways to Positive Intergroup Relations (2011), Oxford Handbook of Intergroup Conflict (2012), and Making Research Matter: A Psychologist’s Guide to Public Engagement (2018).