Dr. Jennifer Steele

Dr. Steele received her B.A. in psychology as well as her B.Ed. from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. From there she moved to Boston, Massachusetts where she attended Harvard University's School of Education. She completed a M.Ed. and then proceeded into the doctoral program in Social Psychology. Dr. Steele completed her M.A. and her Ph.D. in Social Psychology through the Graduate School of Arts and Science at Harvard University. After completing a SSHRC post-doctoral position at the University of Waterloo she accepted an assistant professorship at York University in Toronto. From 2015-2018 Dr. Steele served as the inaugural Associate Undergraduate Program Director in the Department of Psychology. In the 2018-2019 academic year, Dr. Steele was named a Research Leader at York University and received a York-Massey fellowship which allowed her to spend her sabbatical at Massey College, University of Toronto. Dr. Steele is currently an Associate Professor of Psychology through the Faculty of Health at York.

Dr. Steele's research takes a social cognitive approach to understanding stereotyping, prejudice, and interpersonal expectancies. One main goal of the research that is currently being pursued in the IPSC lab is to increase our understanding of racial biases and gender stereotyping in childhood. We are particularly interested in understanding the malleability of children's biases as well as the developmental course and consequences of biases among minority and majority children. In the majority of this research, we make use of implicit measures to better understand children's associations with different social groups. In additional research being conducted in the IPSC lab, we aim to better understand the nature of racial biases among Black adults and contextual variability in racial biases among racially diverse adults. We have also been pursuing research that aims to identify cross-cultural differences in face recognition biases. For more information, please see Dr. Steele's CV.

As noted on our Research & Lab Home page, Dr. Steele aims to cultivate a research community that values and encourages different perspectives and that supports the success of students from diverse lived experiences.

Dr. Steele is teaching the Professionalism and Communication in Psychology course (PSYC 3000) fully online in the 2021-2022 academic year, as well as overseeing the graduate course Contemporary Issues in Personality and Social Psychology (PSYC 6400) in the fall term and teaching the graduate course in Social Psychology (PSYC 6410) in the winter term. She is currently the coordinator of the Specialized Honours program and the coordinator of the Social/Personality graduate area.





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