Dr. Bettina Casad is a Social Psychologist with specialization in quantitative methods, social cognition, and intergroup relations, and her interdisciplinary research addresses topics in social neuroscience, education, organizational psychology, and health. Dr. Casad earned a PhD in Psychology in 2006 from Claremont Graduate University (California), a MA in Psychology from Claremont, and a BS with Minor in Women Studies from the University of Washington, Seattle. She completed a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Casad is an Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and an Associate Instructor at Maryville University.
Dr. Casad’s research program examines stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination from both the target’s and perceiver’s perspectives. Her current projects investigate effects of threatening educational environments on underrepresented groups, self-regulation mechanisms in response to threat, perceptions of targets and allies who confront prejudice, effects of prejudice on stress and health, and the effectiveness of training programs to broaden participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and careers. Dr. Casad’s international research in intergroup relations includes projects on (1) Social Identity and Intergroup Conflict in Greece During the European Union Economic Crisis, (2) A Model of Social Identity, Social Dominance, and Intergroup Threat Predicting Attitudes Toward Immigrants in Spain and Italy, (3) Social Identity Conflict, Intergroup Relations, and Career Outlook in Post Brexit UK, and (4) Identity Conflict, Intergroup Relations, and Economic Hardship in the Aftermath of Brexit. Dr. Casad’s research program has been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Army Research Institute, Psi Chi, the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, the Haynes Foundation, the University of Missouri Research Board, and International Studies and Programs at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.