Irene V. Blair, Ph.D.

Irene V. Blair, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Irene Blair, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Dr. Blair’s primary research interest is on social group biases and the ways in which such biases may contribute to healthcare disparities. In collaboration with an interdisciplinary group of colleagues in the Denver metro area, Dr. Blair is conducting a multi-year study on the association between healthcare providers’ ethnic/racial biases and hypertension control, with a particular focus on providers’ unconscious biases. Dr. Blair is also engaged in research on ameliorating stereotype threat in a healthcare context, empathy gaps in perceptions of pain and the operation of multiple-group biases on perception and judgment.

Selected Publications

Blair, I.V., Judd, C.M., Havranek, E.P., Steiner, J.F. (in press). Using Community Data to Test the Discriminate Validity of Ethnic/Racial Group IATs. Zeitschrift für Psychologie / Journal of Psychology.

Anderson, S. M., Moskowitz, G.B., Blair, I.V., & Nosek, B.A. (2007). Automatic thought. Chapter to appear in E. T. Higgins and A. Kruglanski (Eds.), Social psychology: Handbook of basic processes (2nd edition, pp. 138-175). New York: Guilford Press.

Lenton, A.P., Blair, I.V., & Hastie, R. (2006). The influence of social categories and patient responsibility on health care allocation decisions: Bias or Fairness? Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 28, 27-36.

Blair, I.V., Judd, C.M., & Chapleau, K.M. (2004). The influence of Afrocentric facial features in criminal sentencing. Psychological Science, 15, 674-679.

Blair, I.V., Judd, C.M., & Fallman, J.L. (2004). The automaticity of race and Afrocentric facial features in social judgments. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 87, 763-778.

Blair, I.V. (2002). The malleability of automatic stereotypes and prejudice. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 6, 242-261.

Lenton, A.P., Blair, I.V., & Hastie, R. (2001). Illusions of gender: Stereotypes evoke false memories. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 37, 3-14.

Blair, I.V., & Banaji, M.R. (1996). Automatic and controlled processes in stereotype priming. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 70, 1142-1163.

Selected Grants

The association between providers’ ethnic/racial biases and hypertension control (NHLBI), PI, 2008-11.

An intervention to reduce the effect of racial/ethnic bias on hypertension care (NHLBI), Co-I, 2009-11.

Ethnic/Racial bias in healthcare: Taking social psychology from “bench to bedside” (LEAP Individual Growth Grant), PI, 2007.

Selected Affiliations

Dr. Blair is on the editorial boards for the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.

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