Inequality, Intergroup Relations, Stereotypes, Implicit & Explicit BiasBiography:
Serena obtained a M.Sc. in Social and Organizational Psychology (cum laude) and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology at Leiden University. Her dissertation research was funded by NWO (the Dutch equivalent to NSF) for which she later received the SPSSI Best Dissertation Award. Serena is currently a postdoctoral researcher at UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management and a member of the Social and Identity Lab.
Broadly defined, Serena’s research is focused on the psychology of inequality, which she studies along the lines of race, gender, and socioeconomic status–as well as their intersections. She conducts laboratory, online, and field studies, and in addition to questionnaire data, her work includes nonverbal behavior analysis, physiological measures, focus group and interview data. Most recently, Serena and collaborators Ariana Bell and Dr. Margaret Shih received the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation Research Award and IAC Research Grant for their ongoing work on self-categorization.