John F. Dovidio

Professor of Psychology, Yale University (Affiliate)

Research Overview

Dr. Dovidio’s research interests include stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination; social power and nonverbal communication; and altruism and helping. He shared the 1985 and 1998 Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize for the best paper of the year on intergroup relations with Samuel L. Gaertner for their work on aversive racism and ways to reduce bias and the 2001 Prize with Kerry Kawakami for their research on reducing spontaneous stereotyping. He received SPSSI’s Kurt Lewin Award in 2004 for his career contributions to the study of prejudice and discrimination.

Dr. Dovidio’s recent research has explored the ways that subtle bias affects the nature of interracial interaction and how it shapes divergent perspectives for majority and minority group members, ultimately producing miscommunication and distrust. He has considered how these processes contribute to racial disparities in health, health care, and health-related behaviors. For example, unintentional bias can affect the diagnoses and recommendations by providers, interfere with communication between providers and patients, and undermine patient adherence to recommended procedures. Dr. Dovidio is collaborating on projects that examine the impact of racial attitudes on the effectiveness of HIV interventions and suggest interventions to reduce the adverse impact of aversive racism in health care settings.


Ph.D., University of Delaware, 1977 (social psychology)
M.A., University of Delaware, 1976 (social psychology)
B.A., Dartmouth College, 1973 (psychology)

Recent Publications

Contact Information
Mailing AddressYale University
Department of Psychology
P.O. Box 208205
New Haven, CT 06520-8205