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Kimberly Kahn, Ph.D.


Department of Psychology
317 Cramer Hall
Portland State University
1721 SW Broadway
Portland,OR 97207-0751
phone (503) 725-3972
fax (503) 725-3904




Dr. Kimberly Barsamian Kahn is an Assistant Professor of Social Psychology at Portland State University. She received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, with minors in Sport Psychology and Quantitative Psychology. She received her M.A. in Social Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Kahn was a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Center for Social Research and Intervention at Lisbon University Institute in Lisbon, Portugal.

Broadly, Dr. Kahn’s research addresses contemporary forms of racial bias that are hidden, subtle, ignored, or unacknowledged by majority or minority group members within society. In doing so, her work moves beyond studying broad categorical distinctions between groups to provide a more nuanced and fine-grained analysis of modern prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination. Using a social psychological approach with diverse samples, Dr. Kahn is interested in how these subtle biases impact the activation and application of stereotypes across domains and contexts. She is currently investigating six main lines of research:

  1. How racial stereotypes affect behavior within the criminal justice domain. As a member of the Consortium for Police Leadership in Equity (, Dr. Kahn conducts research on the role of stereotyping and social identity threat on police behavior with minority suspects, as well as police/community perceptions and responses to racial profiling.
  2. How social identity threats impact academic performance. Dr. Kahn’s research focuses on the ways in stereotype threat negatively impacts academic performance among stigmatized group members and tests possible interventions to counteract these outcomes.
  3. Confront prejudicing. A line of research assesses the social costs -- including interpersonal, intergroup, emotional, and cognitive costs-- that targets of discrimination encounter when they confront an individual who expresses prejudice.
  4. Stereotyping within sporting contexts. Dr. Kahn is interested in the ways in which racial and gender stereotypes impact behavior within athletics, from the perspective of athletes, coaches, fans, and referees.
  5. Perceiving and accuracy of bias detection. Dr. Kahn studies how perceptions of discrimination and, importantly, the accuracy of such perceptions, differ between majority and minority group members.
  6. Within-group differences in bias. A major focus looks at the ways in which individuals within stigmatized groups differentially experience bias based on subtle factors like phenotypic stereotypicality or intersectional identities.

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