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Christopher K. Marshburn


I am a native of Virginia Beach, VA and started as an Assistant Professor of Psychology here at UK in the fall of 2018. I am the Director of the Broaching Race in Interpersonal, Dyadic, and Group Exchanges (BRIDGE) lab, Affiliate of the Center for Equity and Social Justice and African American and Africana Studies programs at UK, and I have served as the Scholar-in-Residence for UK's Martin Luther King Center (2019-2020). I received a B.A. in Psychology from Randolph-Macon College and a Master’s in Social Ecology and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of California, Irvine, where I worked with Drs. Belinda Campos and Eric D. Knowles. While at UC Irvine, I was a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. After receiving my Ph.D. in 2016, I was a Multicultural Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where I worked with Dr. Enrica N. Ruggs.

My research examines the inter- and intra-personal factors that influence how people think about, understand, perpetuate, and cope with racism. Specifically, I investigate the dynamics of talking about racism in same- (Black/Black) and cross-race (Black/non-Black) contexts and the consequent positive and negative outcomes for Black people's well-being. Additionally, I explore how White people cope when anticipating talking to Black people about racism, and how White people’s perceptions of racism are influenced by their motivations.


Please note that I am NOT currently accepting graduate students into my lab.



Research Interests:
social support and responsiveness
Prejudice and Stereotypes
Selected Publications:


Note. *Authors share first-authorship

*Ruggs, E. N., *Marshburn, C. K., Summerville, K., & Grenier, K. (2023). The struggle is real: Indirect racial trauma negatively affects Black employees. [Special issue]. Journal of Business Psychology. Advance online publication.

Marshburn, C. K., Reinkensmeyer, B. A., & Knowles, E.D. (2022). Dominance motivated delusions: Whites with high social dominance orientation perceive equal amounts of institutional racism between Blacks and Whites. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations. Advance online publication.

Leger, K. A., Gloger, E. M., Maras, J., & Marshburn, C. K. (2022). Discrimination and health: The mediating role of daily stress processes. Health Psychology, 41(5), 332–342.

Marshburn, C. K. & Campos, B. (2021). Seeking just us: A mixed methods investigation of racism-specific support among Black college students. Journal of Black Psychology. Advance online publication.

*Marshburn, C.K., *Folberg, A.M., *Crittle, C., & *Maddox, K.B. (2021). Racial bias confrontation in the United States: What (if anything) has changed in the COVID-19 era and where do we go from here? [Special issue]. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 24(2). 260–269.

Brown-Iannuzzi, J.L., Cooley, E., Marshburn, C.K., McKee, S.E., & Lei, R.F. (2021). Investigating the interplay between race, work ethic stereotypes, and attitudes toward welfare recipients and policies. Social Psychological and Personality Science. Advance online publication.

*Marshburn, C.K., *Cochran, K.J., Levine, L.J., & Flynn, E. (2020). Workplace anger costs women irrespective of race. Frontiers in Psychology, 11, 3064.

Marshburn, C.K., & Knowles, E.D. (2017). White out of mind: Identity suppression as a coping strategy among Whites anticipating racially charged interactions. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 21(6), 874–892.

Marshburn, C.K., Harrington, N.T., & Ruggs, E.N. (2017). Taking the ambiguity out of subtle and interpersonal discrimination: A management perspective. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 10(1), 87–93.

Busse, D., Yim, I.S., Campos, B., & Marshburn, C.K. (2017). Discrimination and the HPA axis: Current evidence and future directions. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 40, 539–552.

Lai, C. K., Skinner, A. L., Cooley, E., Murrar, S., Brauer, M., Devos, T., Calanchini, J., Xiao, Y. J., Pedram, C., Marshburn, C. K., Simon, S., Blanchar, J. C., Joy-Gaba, J. A., Conway, J., Redford, L., Klein, R. A., Roussos, G., Schellhaas, F. M. H., Burns, M., . . . Nosek, B. A. (2016). Reducing implicit racial preferences: II. Intervention effectiveness across time. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 145(8), 1001–1016.

Knowles, E.D., & Marshburn, C.K. (2010). Understanding White identity politics will be crucial to diversity science. Psychological Inquiry: An International Journal for the Advancement of Psychological Theory, 21, 134–139.