Nao Hagiwara, Ph.D.

Dr. Nao Hagiwara

Associate Professor
Health Psychology
808 W Franklin, rm 301
(804) 828-6822

Associate Professor (tenured)
Health Psychology (primary), Social Psychology (secondary)
Ph.D. (2010), Michigan State University


Discrimination and Health Research Lab

Research Interests

My overall research interest is to better understand the intrapersonal and interpersonal processes involved in intergroup bias from the perspectives of both the targets and the instigators of social inequality. My research is carried out in both laboratory and naturalistic settings. Specifically, my basic research investigates the underlying mechanisms involved in stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination by utilizing both traditional social psychological and social cognitive research methods. My applied work addresses societal-level issues associated with intergroup bias using theories and empirical findings from basic social psychology research and aims to develop theoretically driven interventions that address these social problems. For example, my recent work uses social psychology theories of intergroup bias to explain well-documented racial disparities in healthcare and health status.

Select Publications

Hagiwara, N., Slatcher, R. B., Eggly, S., & Penner, L. A. (2017). Physician racial bias and word use during racially discordant medical interactions. Health Communication, 32, 401-408.

Hagiwara, N., & *Dent, R. (2016). Patient-physician communication during racially discordant medical interactions: Limitations with the current coding systems. Testing, Psychometrics, Methodology in Applied Psychology, 23, 511-529.
Hagiwara, N., Penner, L. A., Gonzalez, R., Eggly, S., Dovidio, J. F., Gaertner, S. L., West, T., & Albrecht, T. L. (2013). Racial attitudes, physician-patient talk time ratio, and adherence in racially discordant medical interactions. Social Science & Medicine, 87, 123-131.
Penner, L. A., Hagiwara, N., Eggly, S., Dovidio, J. F., Gaertner, S. L., & Albrecht, T. L. (2013). Health and health care disparities among racial/ethnic minorities: A social psychological analysis. European Review of Social Psychology, 24, 70-122.
Hagiwara, N., Kashy, D. A., & Cesario, J. (2012). Independent effects of skin tone and facial features on Whites' affective reactions to Blacks. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 892-898.

Recent Courses

  • Applications of Statistics, undergraduate level
  • Social Psychology, undergraduate level
  • Social Psychology, graduate level

Recent Grants

Unveiling the role of physician implicit bias and communication behaviors in dissatisfaction, mistrust, and nonadherence in Black patients with Type 2 diabetes. Principal Investigator. July 2017-June 2021. R01 DK112009, NIH/NIDDK, Total funding $1,705,976.

The role of racial attitudes in medical interactions and health disparities. Principal Investigator. February 2012-January 2014. R03 NR013249, NIH/NINR, Total funding $148,048.

Recent Awards

  • Kales Award, Karmanos Cancer Institute, 2014
  • Distinguished Poster Presentation, Community Networks Program Centers (CNPC) Program Meeting, National Cancer Institute, 2012

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