Nao Hagiwara, Ph.D.

Dr. Nao Hagiwara

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

Assistant Professor (tenure-track)
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., & Dent, R. (in press). Patient-physician communication during racially discordant medical interactions: Limitations with the current coding systems. Testing, Psychometrics, Methodology in Applied Psychology.
Hagiwara, N., Dovidio, J. F., Eggly, S., & Penner, L. A. (2016). The effects of racial attitudes on affect and engagement in racially discordant medical interactions between non-Black physicians and Black patients. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 19, 509-527.
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

The Role of Racial Attitudes in Medical Interactions and Health Disparities. Site PI. February 2012-January 2014. National Institute of Health (NIH/NINR). 1R03NR013249-01, $100,000. *This grant was originally award to Dr. Nao Hagiwara when she was affiliated with Karmanos Cancer Institute/Wayne State University, but she became a site-PI when she accepted a position at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Southeast Michigan Community Network Program. Co-investigator (PI: Terrance L. Albrecht). September 2010-2015. National Institute of Health (NIH/NCI). 1U54CA153606-01, $1,613,770. Project Leader (Pilot Research Project), 2010-2012, Total direct funded $65,497.

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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