Christopher Marshburn

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  • Assistant Professor
  • Social Psychology
  • Psychology
  • Health, Society and Populations
  • Developmental, Social, and Health Psychology
Kastle 207H
(859) 257-4396
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I am a native of Virginia Beach, VA and started as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology here at UK in the fall of 2018. I received my B.A. in Psychology from Randolph-Macon College (Ashland, VA), and my Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of California, Irvine in 2016 where I was also a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. From 2016 to 2018, I worked as a Multicultural Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte working with Dr. Enrica Ruggs.

My research focuses on how Black Americans cope with racism. Specifically, I examine whether talking to same- and cross-race friends about racism has positive benefits for Black Americans. Additionally, I explore how White Americans think about, react to, and perpetuate racism. For example, my research investigates (1) how White Americans react when anticipating talking to Black people about racism and (2) how White American’s perceptions of racism are influenced by their motivations.



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



Selected Publications: 

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, 874-892. doi: 10.1177/1368430216681178

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, 87-93. doi: 10.1017/iop.2016.106

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. doi: 10.1007/s10865-017-9830-6

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. doi: 10.1080/1047840X.2010.483245

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