Sohad Murrar, Ph.D.

  Assistant Professor
  708-534-4364 ext. 4364
  Office Location: G383
  College: COE

Division of Psyc and Counseling

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Sohad Murrar is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Psychology and Counseling at Governors State University. She received her Ph.D. (2018) and her M.Sc. (2014) in Social Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She completed a M.A. (2011) in the Social Sciences from the University of Chicago with a focus in Comparative Human Development and a B.A. (2010) from Northwestern University in Psychology. Her interest in psychology and commitment to reducing prejudice and creating more positive climates for people from all backgrounds anchors her research, teaching, mentorship, and service.

Sohad's research centers on critical social issues related to reducing prejudice towards social minorities and creating inclusive climates for individuals from all social backgrounds. Diversity, equity, and inclusion programs are widespread and costly, but their impact is rarely examined. Consequently, there is a need for prejudice interventions that are evaluated through rigorous randomized controlled trials. Sohad's research focuses on the systematic development and evaluation of prejudice interventions that can be easily applied to real-world contexts. Her interests include testing and evaluating entertainment media and narratives to reduce prejudices toward social minorities in the U.S. context, creating and evaluating social norms message campaigns to foster diversity and promote inclusion, and identifying biases in medical science toward women and racial minorities.

Selected Publications:

Murrar, S., Campbell, M., & Brauer, M. (in press). Creating an inclusive climate with information about peer pro-diversity attitudes and behaviors. Nature Human Behaviour. doi: 10.1038/s41562-020-0899-5

Murrar, S. & Brauer, M. (2019). Overcoming resistance to change: Using narratives to create more positive intergroup attitudes. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 28(2) 164–169. doi: 10.1177/0963721418818552

Murrar, S., & Brauer, M. (2017). Entertainment-Education effectively reduces prejudice. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 21(7) 1053–1077. doi: 10.1177/1368430216682350

Lai, C. K., Skinner, A. L., Cooley, E., Murrar, S., Brauer, M., … Nosek, B. A. (2016). Reducing implicit racial preferences: II. Intervention effectiveness across time. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. 145(8), 1001-1016. doi: 10.1037/xge0000179