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The social psychological processes involved in creating and maintaining health inequalities and disparities.

Inequality between groups is often unintentional but stems from subtle, often unnoticeable, social psychological mechanisms, such as biases, that help maintain the status quo. In the lab we examine whether and how these social psychological mechanisms (e.g., endorsement of gender beliefs and stereotypes) affect people’s behaviors as well as their physical and mental health and well-being.

Main research questions:

  • How implicit and explicit gender stereotypes (i.e., beliefs we hold about groups) influence medical doctors’ career choices?
  • How stereotypes influence peoples’ perceptions of the medical staff, choice of doctors, the doctor-patient interaction and adherence to medical care?
  • How idealized perceptions of motherhood can serve as a risk factor for women’s mental health?
  • How is the endorsement of patriarchal beliefs associated with sexual health?

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality

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