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February 20, 2019 | 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Category: Seminar
Location: 5057 Woodward #7909 | Map
5057 Woodward
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Staff

The Wayne State University community is invited to attend a presentation with guest speaker, Nao Hagiwara, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University. The talk is hosted by the Department of Psychology in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.

The presentation will be held on February 20, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in room 7909 of 5057 Woodward. The seminar is free and open to the entire university community. 

Dr. Nao Hagiwara will present, "Physician implicit racial bias and communication behaviors during racially discordant medical interactions: A social psychological perspective."

Dr. Nao Hagiwara earned her B.S. degree in Psychology and Sociology at Morehead State University and a Ph.D. in Social/Personality Psychology at Michigan State University.


Despite an increasing number of empirical studies that document the associations between physician implicit racial bias and minority patients’ perceptions of and responses to care they receive, it is still unclear how exactly physician implicit racial bias manifests in their communication behaviors during racially discordant medical interactions. In this talk, I outline how some of the widely-studied social psychology theories of stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination can fill this knowledge gap. I will present findings from two representative studies and discuss the prospects and some challenges for the development of interventions that are designed to improve patient outcomes through positive patient-physician communication.

We hope you can join us for this interesting seminar!  

For more information about this event, please contact Julie O'Connor at 3135775600 or