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Bernice Lott

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Bernice Lott is Professor Emerita of Psychology and Women’s Studies at the University of Rhode Island and is a former Dean of its University College. She has taught at the University of Colorado and Kentucky State College and was a visiting scholar/professor at Brown University’s Center for Research and Teaching on Women, Stanford University’s Institute for Research on Women and Gender, the Department of Psychology in Waikato University, New Zealand, and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She received her university’s Excellence Award for scholarly achievement, served as president of APA’s Division 35 (The Psychology of Women), and has been honored for scholarly, g, mentoring, social policy and service contributions by APA’s Committee on Women, Divisions 9 and 35, the Association for Women in Psychology, and the National Multicultural Conference and Summit. The University of Rhode Island awarded her the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters. She is the author of theoretical and empirical articles, chapters and books in the areas of social learning, gender, poverty and other social issues and is a Fellow of APA and of Divisions 1, 8, 9, and 35. Her areas of interest are interpersonal discrimination; the intersections among gender, ethnicity, and social class; multicultural issues; the social psychology of poverty; and the social psychology of dissent. She represented Division 9 (SPSSI) on APA’s Council of Representatives from 2001 to 2007; is a member of an Interdivisional Minority Pipeline Project working on strategies to increase the recruitment and retention of graduate students of color; and has represented Divisions 9 and 35 on the coalition of Divisions for Social Justice. A 2007 book on economic injustice (co-authored with Heather Bullock) was honored by the National Library Association and the Association for Women in Psychology. Her newest book (2010) is on multiculturalism and diversity.



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