Heidi Williams

Email: heiwilli@umail.iu.edu

Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Psychology, Indiana University Bloomington, 2017; B.A in Germanic Studies

Graduate Degree: Ph.D. Social Psychology, Indiana University, in progress

Graduate Student in the Mind and Identity in Context Lab: 2017 - present


Broadly, my interests center around social identity threat, implicit theories, and social identity threat. I am specifically interested in the psychological factors that contribute to the underrepresentation and underperformance of stigmatized groups in academic and professional contexts, and in designing psychologically attuned interventions to mitigate these effects. In one line of research, I am investigating how identity threat concerns might contribute to gender wage and equity gaps in STEM professions. In another line of research, I am investigating how concerns about belonging and fixed mindset beliefs affect students' performance and well-being in academic contexts and on high-stakes exams.