Cheryl Staats

Research Associate
Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity

Cheryl joined the staff of the Kirwan Institute in October of 2007. Much of her current work focuses on implicit racial/ethnic bias. She is the author of the State of the Science: Implicit Bias Review, an extensive document that synthesizes a broad range of scholarly literature on how unconscious racial associations influence human decision-making and outcomes. The Implicit Bias Review highlights how cognitive forces that shape individual behavior without our awareness can contribute to societal inequities. Cheryl has also worked on a range of other projects, including alliance-building, intergroup relations, and racial profiling. She was a member of the research team that created Intergroup Resources, an online resource center that strengthens intergroup relations for social justice by sharing curricular materials, tools, and insights designed to facilitate bridge building across lines of difference. Cheryl is a graduate of the University of Dayton with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Spanish. She completed a Masters of Arts degree in 2007 in the OSU Department of Sociology.

Presentations from Facing Race 2014

Implicit Bias: The State of Science and Moving From Research to Action

Implicit racial bias is a profound driver of racial inequity; scholars, practitioners and activists are now trying to take our understanding of implicit bias to inform interventions to support racial justice.  The session will introduce the latest research on implicit bias, but focus on successful models to intervene to address implicit bias in the domains of Health Care and K12 Education. The session will introduce participants to the role and impacts of implicit bias, but focus content and discussion on successful models of intervention to reduce the impact of implicit bias. The session will include facilitated discussion and audience engagement.

Speakers: Cheryl Staats, Gabriella Celeste, Sharon Davies