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"Implicit bias training in the healthcare setting: Challenges and future directions"

Despite an increasing effort to reduce implicit bias among healthcare professionals in recent years, there is limited empirical evidence to support the effectiveness of implicit bias training that is currently available. In this presentation, Dr. Nao Hagiwara will first review major challenges with mitigating providers' implicit bias. She will then discuss the importance of both drawing on social psychology research of intergroup bias and using the clinical and translational science framework to address those challenges.

Dr. Hagiwara is a Professor of Public Health Sciences and Director of the Program on Health Disparities and Community Engagement Research at the University of Virginia. She is a leading researcher in the field of healthcare providers bias and racial disparities in healthcare and health. With a training background in basic experimental social psychology, she grounds her applied disparities research in social psychology theories of stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination. To date, she has obtained multiple NIH grants on provider implicit bias and published over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. Her recent work on provider implicit bias has appeared in flagship journals, including the Lancet, as well as popular media outlets, such as CNN and New York Times. She is the recipient of the 2023 Diversity in Research Award from the Social Personality Health Network.

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