My name is April Bailey, and I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Cognitive Development Lab at NYU and an incoming assistant professor at UNH in 2022.

2019: Ph.D., Yale University, Social and Personality Psychology
2014: B.A., Colgate University

I study intergroup relations from a social cognitive perspective. Much of my work focuses on how adults and children think about gender and other social groups including intersectional groups. I also address concepts, essentialism, impression formation, and the downstream well-being and organizational consequences of intergroup bias. My research program embraces approaches from social, cognitive, and developmental psychology as well as philosophy and computational linguistics.
To learn more, check out my CV, publication record, teaching, or contact me!


Highlights

Bailey, A. H., LaFrance, M., & Dovidio, J. F. (2019). Is man the measure of all things? A social cognitive account of androcentrism. Personality and Social Psychology Review. 23(4), 307-331.

Bailey, A. H., LaFrance, M., & Dovidio, J. F. (2020). Implicit androcentrism: Men are human, women are gendered. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. 89, 103980.

Bailey, A. H., Knobe, J., & Newman, G. (in press). Value-based Essentialism: Essentialist beliefs about social groups with shared values. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.

2020 James B. Grossman Dissertation Prize (Yale University) — Bailey, A. H. (2019). Men at the center: Androcentric bias in cultural practices and cognitive structure.

Selected Projects

Is Man the Measure of All Things?

When asked to think of a person, many people default to thinking of a man. This behavior reflects the androcentric tendency to conflate people with men—esepcially White men. Inter-disciplinary research on androcentrism emphasizes it in macro-level practices, such as using man to mean people. My work elaborates the psychology of androcentrism by drawing on basic cognitive research on concepts. I also investgiate consequences in organizations and for well-being.

Publications and Research Talks:

A social cognitive theory of androcentrism

Implicit androcentrism: Men are human, women are gendered

Intersectional "invisibility" leaves Black women out

Social media avatars = male

"Master" vs. "Head": A natural experiment

Based on billions of words on the internet, "people = men"

Liking is Flexible

MERCILESS

UNFAITHFUL

SELFISH

DISHONEST

People tend to like women more than men and to like stereotypically feminine traits, e.g., warmth and honesty. My research uncovers some surprising exceptions to the apparent positivity of women and feminine-linked traits.

Publications:

Liking immorality when it serves our goals

Only submissive women are wonderful

Overcoming the Gender Gap in STEM

About 25% of STEM employees in industry and academia are women. Gender biases contribute to these disparities. Video Interventions for Diversity in STEM (VIDS) is a scalable intervention comprised of professional videos validated to reduce bias. Our work tests ways VIDS can be maximized and improved.
This work is led by Eva Pietri and Erin Hennes.

Publications and Applications:

Restoring self-efficacy to overcome bias

Sense of belonging following VIDS

Applying VIDS on the ground