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Apoorva Sarmal

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Apoorva Sarmal is a fourth-year Ph.D. Candidate in the Behavioral and Brain Sciences (BBS) program at the University of Georgia. She works in the Georgia Attitudes, Bias, and Behavior Acquisition (GABBA) Lab under the mentorship of Dr. Allison Skinner-Dorkenoo. She is interested in investigating underlying mechanisms of stereotyping and prejudice. Specifically, Apoorva researches race and gender disparities to promote diversity and inclusion.

Before joining Dr. Allison Skinner-Dorkenoo's GABBA Lab, she was a research assistant in social and experimental psychology labs at Indiana University-Bloomington.


M.S. in Psychology, University of Georgia, 2022

M.A. in French Linguistics, Indiana University-Bloomington, 2019

B.A. in French (minor: Psychology), University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, 2017

B.S. in Business Administration, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, 2017

Research Interests:

Social Psychology; Stereotyping; Prejudice; Racism; Sexism


George Hugh Boyd Memorial Scholarship, University of Georgia ($2,000)

Jenessa Shapiro Graduate Research Award from Society of Personality and Social Psychology ($1,000)

Selected Publications:

Skinner-Dorkenoo, A. L., Sarmal, A., Rogbeer, K., André, C. J., Patel, B., & Cha, L. (2022). Highlighting COVID-19 Racial Disparities Can Reduce Support for Safety Precautions Among White U.S. Residents. Social Science and Medicine.

Skinner-Dorkenoo, A. L., ˆSarmal, A., ˆAndré, C. J., & Rogbeer, K. G. (2021). How microaggressions reinforce and perpetuate systemic racism in the U.S. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 16(5), 903-925.

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