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Phia Salter

Phia Salter
Associate Professor
Areas of Speciality
  • Social & Personality Psychology
  • Diversity Science
  • (979) 845-3794
  • Psychology 256
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Associate Professor

Research Interests

I am a critical race psychologist who applies a critical, social, and cultural analytic lens to the psychological study of racism and other forms of oppression. My primary research agenda investigates the ways in which racism is located in the broader sociocultural context, made up of cultural products that both reflect and promote dynamics of racial inequality and dominant group privilege. In a secondary line of research, I approach interpersonal and intergroup relationships from a cultural-psychological perspective and consider inequitable access to psychological, material, and social resources. My scholarship is interdisciplinary, collaborative, and includes analyses at both individual and collective/societal levels. I utilize a diverse methodological toolkit—including experimental design, quantitative analyses, and qualitative field research — to integrate basic psychological science with applications to social justice.

Much of this work is conducted within my lab, the Culture in Mind Research Collaboratory (CMRC). The CMRC is a community of faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students broadly interested in the bi-directional relationship between psychological experience and culture. Through research and critical discussion, we explore the various ways in which critical cultural-psychological perspectives can illuminate the social and cultural underpinnings of mind with a special focus on racism and oppression, collective memory (representations of history), self and identity, interpersonal and intergroup relationships, and academic achievement. Our goal is to conduct innovative research that might aid in the alleviation of social inequalities and injustice.

Recent Publications

  • Adams, G., Salter, P.S., Kurtis, T., Naemi, P. & Estrada-Villalta, S. (in press). Subordinated Knowledge as a Tool for Creative Maladjustment and Resistance to Racial Oppression. Journal of Social Issues (5-year Impact Factor: 2.793
  • Bonam, C., Nair Das, V., Coleman, B.R., & Salter, P.S. (in press). Ignoring History, Denying Racism: Strengthening Evidence for the Marley Hypothesis and Epistemologies of Ignorance. Social Psychological and Personality Science, Advance Online Publication. Available here
  • Salter, P.S., Adams, G., & Perez, M.J. (in press). Racism in the structure of everyday worlds: A Cultural-Psychological Perspective. Current Directions in Psychological Science, Advance Online Publication. Available here
  • Adams, G. & Salter, P.S. (forthcoming). They (Color) Blinded Me with Science: Counteracting Coloniality of Knowledge in Hegemonic Psychology. In K. Crenshaw, L. Harris, D. HoSang, and G. Lipsitz (Eds), Countering Colorblindness Across the Disciplines. Oakland, CA: University of California Press.
  • Salter, P.S., Kelley, N.J., Molina, L.E,. & Thai, L.T. (2017). Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Racial Retrieval Cues Increase the Accessibility of Social Justice Concepts. Memory, Advance Online Publication. Available here
  • Blake, J., Keith, V.M., Luo, W., Le, H., & Salter, P.S. (2017). The Role of Colorism in Explaining African American Females’ Suspension Risk. School Psychology Quarterly, 32, 118-130. PubMed Abstract
  • Haugen, A., Salter, P.S., & Phillips, N.L. (2016). “I Know It When I See It”: Recent Victimization and Perceptions of Rape. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 1-22. Advance Online Publication: Available here
  • Salter, P.S. & Adams, G. (2016). On the Intentionality of Cultural Products: Representations of Black History as Psychological Affordances.  Frontiers in Psychology: Cultural Psychology, 7:1166. Available at: Available here
  • Salter, P.S., Hirsch, K. A., Schlegel, R.J., & Thai, L.T. (2016). Who Needs Individual Responsibility? Audience Race and Message Content Influence Third-Party Evaluations of Political Messages. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 7, 29-36. Available here