linda w. chang, phd

linda w. chang, phd

mindcore postdoctoral research fellow

University of Pennsylvania

who am i?

I am a MindCORE Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania working in the Operations, Information, and Decisions Department at Wharton with Katy Milkman. I recently earned my PhD in Psychology from Harvard University working in the Intergroup Neuroscience Laboratory directed by Mina Cikara. Previously, I worked in the Comparative Cognition Laboratory and Canine Cognition Center directed by Laurie Santos.

I investigate the psychological mechanisms underlying bias and discrimination in social decision-making. I aim to unpack why inequality persists in organizational contexts with the goal of creating and structuring decision processes to increase diversity and equity.

I am part of The Rising Over Oppression Through Solidarity (ROOTS) Project, Inc., based in New Jersey. Our organization is dedicated to using a multidimensional approach with children, educators, and families to create a more equitable and inclusive society. Each summer, we hold a week-long residential program for high school students where we build community in order to develop tools to challenge bias, bullying, and oppression as well as create growth plans to catalyze change at personal, interpersonal, and systemic levels.

Interests
  • Judgment & decision-making
  • Social cognition
  • Organizational processes
Education
  • Ph.D. in Psychology, 2021

    Harvard University

  • A.M. in Psychology, 2017

    Harvard University

  • B.A. in Cognitive Science, 2012

    Yale University