Canady Diversity Science Fellowship
Herman George Canady Diversity Science Post-Doctoral Scholar in the Northwestern University Department of Psychology
American society and the world in general are becoming increasingly diverse. More critically, vast disparities and structural inequalities within and across societies continue to widen as does the persistent harm to historically marginalized peoples and communities. We consider historically marginalized communities as referring to groups of people whose identities in terms of race, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, economic class, and/or ability status locate them at the margins of a sociopolitical structure that is organized to advantage white, cis-heteronormative, males with socioeconomic and ability privileges. The field of psychology has a long history of disciplinary practices and norms that perpetuate a biased and inaccurate representation of the human experience. Diversity science in psychology is an intentional effort to disrupt this trend. Diversity science acknowledges and disrupts structural inequalities in psychological science and society. Diversity science scholarship is committed to understanding the myriad ways in which humans are diverse and actualizing this understanding in ways that foster the common good and value diversity as a human strength. As both an intellectual discipline and health service profession, psychology is well-suited, and accountable, to address this challenge and to exert leadership.
The Northwestern Faculty recognizes the value of a diverse community in supporting an intellectually challenging and inclusive environment to create a psychological science that is inclusive and equitable. To this end, Northwestern Psychology has created the Herman George Canady Diversity Science Postdoctoral Fellowship. Canady (1901-1970) was a foundational Black psychologist and pioneer for diversity science. A clinical and social psychologist trained at Northwestern University (BA, 1927; PhD, 1941), Canady is well known for exposing racial bias in psychological research and testing in studies of intelligence. The Canady Postdoctoral Fellowship will nurture the intellectual community and commitment to diversity science and support scholars from diverse ethnic-racial, socioeconomic, gender, and cultural backgrounds whose lived experiences and research foci contribute significantly to pressing questions of diversity and equity in areas of Cognitive, Brain and Behavior, and Clinical, Personality, Development & Health, and Social Psychology.
Qualified applicants will be invited to join one or more of the active psychology labs in our department and work closely with mentors on dynamic research projects as well as career development. In addition, Canady scholars will interact with the department’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and contribute to diversity science programming and instruction in the department. A list of the department labs currently interested in mentoring Canady Fellows is provided below.
Desired qualifications include: a PhD in psychology or related field; demonstrated evidence of research productivity; excellent methodological expertise; experience or demonstrated interest in conducting research on critical topics related to diversity science in psychology. Salary and benefits are commensurate with NIH guidelines, and funding is available for up to two-years (appointments are for one year, but renewable for a second year, based on progress/merit). We expect to invite the next round of applications in early 2024; check back for information on the application process and relevant deadlines.
How to Apply: Interested candidates should feel free to communicate with potential mentors (listed below) as well as the members of the department’s diversity committee to explore mutual interests. To apply, submit a cover letter (please highlight one or two specific mentors whose work aligns with your interests and goals), CV, statement of research interests (including plans for research to be conducted while a postdoctoral fellow) with demonstrated commitment to diversity science, and a writing sample to chair of the diversity committee (firstname.lastname@example.org).
POTENTIAL MENTORS OR CO-MENTORS
Mark Beeman – Creative Cognition Lab
Galen Bodenhausen – Social Cognition Lab
Mesmin Destin – Destin Lab
Renee Engeln – Body & Media Lab
Steve Franconeri – Visual Thinking Lab
Marcia Grabowecky – Multisensory Lab
Sid Horton – Horton Lab
Vijay Mittal – Mittal Lab
Dan Molden – Molden Lab
Dan Mroczek – Lifespan Personality & Health Lab
Robin Nusslock – Affective and Clinical Neuroscience Lab
Ken Paller – Cognitive Neuroscience Lab
Sylvia Perry – Social Cognition & Intergroup Processes Lab
David Rapp – Reading Comprehension Lab
Paul Reber – Reber Lab
William Revelle – Personality, Motivation, and Cognition Lab
Lance Rips – Higher-Level Cognition Lab
Onnie Rogers – Development of Identities in Cultural Environments Lab
Satoru Suzuki – Multisensory Lab
Jennifer Tackett – Personality Across Development Lab
David Uttal – Uttal Lab
Sandra Waxman – Infant and Child Development Center
Rick Zinbarg – Anxiety & Panic Lab