Fourth SNF Brain Insight Lecture at The Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute at Columbia University
27 November 2014

On Wednesday, December 3, at 6:30 p.m., psychologist Valerie Purdie-Vaughns from Columbia University will discuss the nexus between brain science and narrowing racial and gender disparities in professional, health, and academic settings.

Purdie-Vaughns will examine how stereotypes affect how we live, work, and play. Drawing upon recent neuroimaging studies, she will explore the benefits of offering people concrete, psychological strategies to challenge the stress of discrimination—and how this can lead to improved grades and test scores. Brain imaging tests suggest this holds great promise in reducing health disparities as well.

Purdie-Vaughns is an expert on racial and gender achievement gaps and the use of interventions to improve outcomes. She has presented her research findings at the White House Conference on Education and at Harvard, Stanford, and Princeton Universities, among others. 

This talk is part of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Brain Insight Lecture series, offered to the public for free to enhance understanding of the biology of the mind and the complexity of human behavior. The lectures are hosted by The Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute at Columbia University and supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

WHO: Dr. Valerie Purdie-Vaughns, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Columbia University and an expert on racial and gender disparities. 

WHEN: Wednesday, December 3, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

WHERE:The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

515 Malcolm X Blvd at 135th Street

ADMISSION: This event is free and open to the public. Please register at:

MEDIA: Media interested in attending should RSVP to Lauren Hiznay at