Jennifer Joy-Gaba, Ph.D.

Dr. Jen Joy-Gaba

Teaching Associate Professor
Social Psychology
820 W Franklin, rm 109
(804) 827-1709

Teaching Associate Professor
Ph.D. (2011), University of Virginia

Doctoral Program Affiliation

Social Psychology


Research Interests

My research interests span both cognitive and social psychology by examining how automatic processes influence thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. My main line of research focuses on the consequences of implicit cognition on social and perceptual judgments, as well the factors that influence implicit cognition malleability and change. In several of my projects I am examining the basic mechanisms that contribute to situational or long-term shifts in automatic racial biases, and interventions in real-world settings that apply that learning. For example, one project investigates the impact of educating physicians about their automatic racial biases to see if that knowledge mitigates the effects of implicit bias in predicting racial health disparities in treatment. My secondary line of research focuses on examining whether social factors, like explicit preference, influence visual perception.

Select Publications

Calderwood, C. C., Green, J. D., Joy-Gaba, J. A., & Moloney, J. M. (2016). Forecasting errors in student media multitasking during homework completion. Computers & Education, 94, 37-48.
Coleman, J. A., Ingram, K., Bays, A., Joy-Gaba, J. A., & Boone, E. L. (2015). Disability and assistance dog Implicit Association Test: A novel IAT. Rehabilitation Psychology, 60, 17-26.
Open Science Collaboration. (2015). Estimating the reproducibility of psychological science. Science, 349(6251). doi: 10.1126/science.aac4716
Oliver, M. N., Wells, K. M., Joy-Gaba, J. A., Hawkins, C. B., & Nosek, B. A. (2014). Do physicians' implicit views of African-Americans affect clinical decision-making? Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, 27, 177-188.
Joy-Gaba, J. A., & Nosek, B. A. (2010). The surprisingly limited malleability of implicit race evaluations. Social Psychology, 41, 137-146.

Recent Courses

  • Learning and Cognition, undergraduate level
  • Experimental Methods, undergraduate level
  • Guided Inquiry to Psychology, undergraduate level
  • Attitude Theory and Research, graduate level
  • Learning and Cognition, graduate level

Recent Grant

Factors Influencing Hiring Decisions

Amount: $500
Role: Principal Investigator
Source: Virginia Commonwealth University
Period: July 2013