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Laurie O'Brien   Laurie O'Brien
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
Tulane University


Laurie O’Brien is a social psychologist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Tulane University. Trained in the areas of prejudice and stigma, her research explores how lay people perceive (and fail to perceive) prejudice. She is interested in the similarities and differences between the processes through which people from high status groups and people from stigmatized groups make judgments about what constitutes prejudice. Her research also examines the consequences of perceiving prejudice and stereotypes for people from both target and perpetrator groups.

Dr. O’Brien has published papers in respected outlets in her field, including Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. Her research has received funding from the National Science Foundation, the Louisiana Board of Regents, the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, and Tulane University's Research Enhancement Fund.

Dr. O'Brien is currently accepting graduate students.  Interested students should contact her at

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