Leslie Ashburn-Nardo Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Psychology
Program Head, Applied Social and Organizational Psychology
Program Head, Industrial/Organizational Psychology


Ph.D., Experimental (social) psychology, 2003, University of Kentucky

M.A., Psychology, 1997, University of North Carolina at Wilmington

B.A., Psychology, 1994, Wake Forest University

Awards & Honors

Selected from last 3 years:

2017    Outstanding IUPUI Woman Leader, Veteran Faculty Category, IUPUI

2015    Invited Mentor, Diversity and Climate Committee Reception, Society for Personality and Social Psychology

2015    Favorite Professor, IUPUI Student-Athletes

2014    Honorable Mention, Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring Award, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues

My professional interests involve diversity and intergroup relations. One line of my research program focuses on stereotypes and prejudice – particularly their more subtle, often implicit forms – and the implications such biases have for intra- and intergroup judgments and health and well-being. A second line focuses on strategies for reducing bias and discrimination, such as interpersonal confrontation. I examine these questions not only in the laboratory, but also in more applied contexts, with the long-term goals of improving quality of care and organizational climate for stigmatized group members. I also have some interest in the scholarship of teaching and mentoring, especially with regard to finding ways to improve the academic experiences of students who are members of underrepresented groups.

Professional Affiliations

Association for Psychological Science

European Association of Social Psychology

Midwestern Psychological Association (Fellow)

Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Society for Personality and Social Psychology

Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race

Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (Fellow)

Society for the Psychology of Women

Society for the Teaching of Psychology

Society of Experimental Social Psychology (Fellow)


2016-present     Co-Editor, Special issue: Black Lives Matter for Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion, Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion: An International Journal

2013-2015, 2016-present   Consulting Editor, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology

Teaching Assignments

For Fall 2017:

PSY 608: Measurement Theory and the Interpretation of Data

Select Publications

Selected from last 3 years:

Ashburn-Nardo, L. (in press). Allies. In K. L. Nadal (Ed.), Encyclopedia of psychology and gender. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Ashburn-Nardo, L. (in press). What can allies do? In A. Colella & E. King (Eds.), The handbook of workplace discrimination. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Pettit, K. E., Turner, J. S., Kindred, J. K., Blythe, G. J., Hasty, G. E., Perkins, A. J., Ashburn-Nardo, L., Milgrom, L. B., Hobgood, C. D., & Cooper, D.D. (2017). Effect of socioeconomic status bias on medical student-patient interactions using an emergency medicine simulation. Academic Emergency Medicine Education and Training, 1, 126-131.

Ashburn-Nardo, L. (2017). Parenthood as a moral imperative? Moral outrage and the stigmatization of voluntarily childfree women and men. Sex Roles, 76, 393-401.

Trump-Steele, R. C. E., Nittrouer, C. L., Hebl, M., Ashburn-Nardo, L. (2016). The inevitable stigma for childbearing-aged women in the workplace: Five perspectives on the pregnancy-work intersection. In C. Spitzmueller, & R. Matthews. (Eds.),  Research perspectives on work and the transition to motherhood. Switzerland: Springer International.

Hirsh, A., Hollingshead, N., Ashburn-Nardo, L., & Kroenke, K. (2015). The interaction of patient race, provider bias, and clinical ambiguity on pain treatment decisions. Journal of Pain, 16, 558-568.

Stockdale, M. S., Sliter, K. A., & Ashburn-Nardo, L. (2015). Employment discrimination. In B. Cutler & P. Zapf (Eds.), APA Handbook of Forensic Psychology, Vol. 1: Individual and situational influences in criminal and civil contexts. APA handbooks in psychology, (pp. 511-532). Washington, D.C.: APA Press.

Shockley, E., Wynn, A., & Ashburn-Nardo, L. (2014). Dimensions of Black identity predict system justification. Journal of Black Psychology, 1-11.

Ashburn-Nardo, L., Blanchar, J. C., Petersson, J., Morris, K. A., & Goodwin, S. A. (2014). Do you say something when it’s your boss? The role of perpetrator power in prejudice confrontation. Journal of Social Issues, 70, 615-636.

Johnson, J. D., & Ashburn-Nardo, L. (2014). Testing the “Black Code”: Does having White close friends elicit identity denial and decreased empathy from Black ingroup members? Social Psychological and Personality Science, 5, 369-376.