The Social Perception & Communication Laboratory (SPCL) examines the ways in which social group memberships and affiliations, such as race, gender, and socioeconomic status, impact how people think, feel, and behave.  In short, we study the psychology of navigating social and cultural diversity.

NOTE: Professor Richeson is open admitting new PhD students this coming cycle (applications due December 2023).  She primarily advises students in the social psychology area, but is open to serving as a secondary advisor to students in any program area within the psychology department (developmental, clinical, cognitive, neuroscience, or social). Unfortunately, she is NOT able to respond to individual email inquiries from potential applicants to our PhD program nor does she engage in pre-application/pre-application review conversations or meetings with applicants (or potential applicants) in the interest of keeping the process the same for all.  Please feel free to explore this website for overviews of the research she and her trainees are currently conducting.


May 22, 2023
Congratulations to Dr. Brittany Torrez, Dr. Xanni Brown, and Dr. Ajua Duker!! Each received their PhD at Yale’s 322nd commencement! Dr. Torrez will begin a...
June 1, 2022
Professor Richeson is among the newly elected members of The American Philosophical Society.  From the APS website: The American Philosophical Society, the oldest learned...
May 23, 2022
Our own Xanni Brown is the 2022 winner of the Jane Olejarczyk Award!  This award is given annually to the graduate student in the Psychology Department who has contributed...