Elizabeth is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto at Scarborough. She takes a multi-method approach to research on intergroup relations, with an emphasis on social cognitive, psychophysiological, dyadic, and quantitative methods. She is particularly interested in the processes through which information about outgroup members is cognitively represented, accessed, and applied in novel intergroup situations. Her graduate research employed experimental methods to address an old question of whether friendship between people from different social groups - such as friendship between people from different ethnic or religious backgrounds - causally improves experiences with novel outgroup members. Her early work showed that making a new cross-ethnic friend in the laboratory reduced hormonal stress responses during interethnic interactions and led to more self-initiated interethnic contact in daily life among individuals likely to avoid people from other ethnic groups. Her dissertation demonstrated that some of the intergroup benefits of cross-group friendship are explained through contextual associations of a friend's group with the self.
Liz received her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley in 2008 and B.S. in psychology and statistics from Carnegie Mellon in 2002. During the 2008 - 2009 academic year, she conducted research in the EHPL as a postdoctoral fellow of the Harvard Mind/Brain/Behavior Institute.
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