Tara is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of British Columbia working with Dr. Toni Schmader and the Consortium on Engendering Success in STEM ( (ESS). Tara received her PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2018.

As part of the ESS Consortium, Tara is working on both Projects PRISM ( and RISE ( In her work related to Project RISE, Tara is particularly interested in studying the potential role of male allies in changing cultural norms for women in STEM.

More broadly, Tara’s research is centered on understanding the power of stereotype-laden social contexts. Her first line of research examines how stereotypes activated in social situations (by the actions of interaction partners or by peripheral cues) affect dynamic social interactions in high stakes settings, such as job interviews. In a second line of research, Tara focuses on interventions that powerfully boost individuals’ resilience against negative stereotypes over time. Finally, in a third line of research, Tara explores how violations of gender and race stereotypic expectancies influence perceptions of others without perceivers’ awareness.

For Tara’s publications and more information, you can visit her ( or Google Scholar ( profiles.