Campus Alert:
3:05 PM
September 16th, 2020

PSU ALERT: Due to poor air quality, PSU will continue to suspend on-campus operations through Friday (9/18/20). Non-essential employees should work from home if possible. Employees currently assigned to work remotely are not impacted by this suspension of on-campus work. Updates will be on


Gender, Race, and Sexual Prejudice Lab


The Gender, Race, and Sexual Prejudice (GRASP) Lab at Portland State University is run by Dr. Kimberly Barsamian Kahn.  Using a social psychological perspective, the GRASP Lab examines contemporary forms and expressions of prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination.  We study bias directed toward racial minorities, females, sexual minorities, and other stigmatized group members.  We value intersectionality and understanding hidden forms of bias both between and within groups.


Current Projects

  • Understanding and improving police–minority relationships
  • Studying the role of race and mental health issues within policing
  • How race and gender impact benevolent sexism
  • How race affects pedestrians’ experiences at crosswalks
  • Intraminority coalitions to combat racial bias in policing
  • Reducing stereotype threat against women and ethnic minorities in STEM
  • Understanding the effect of armed police officers on college campuses
  • Police and community member responses to shootings of unarmed racial minorities
  • The role of race and pregnancy in support for use of force in police interactions 
  • How perceptions and stereotypes of Muslims influence policing and surveillance of these communities
  • Understanding how race impacts the utilization of police in non-emergency situations
  • The impact of mindfulness on automatic processing and implicit bias