- Applied Social Psychology
- Attitudes and Beliefs
- Culture and Ethnicity
- Gender Psychology
- Intergroup Relations
- Person Perception
- Prejudice and Stereotyping
- Research Methods, Assessment
- Sexuality, Sexual Orientation
- Social Cognition
Dr. Driscoll is a social psychologist with expertise in creating, facilitating, and assessing diversity and equity programs. Currently she consults to help institutions (universities, businesses, corporations, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, schools) improve their diversity competency.
From 1991 to 1997, Dr. Driscoll was an Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences at Purdue University with teaching and research interests in the cognitive and motivational processes involved in stereotyping, prejudice, and intergroup relations. In 1998, she accepted a joint faculty position in the Department of Psychological Sciences and the Office of the Vice President for Human Relations to work on diversity issues at Purdue University.
In 1999, Dr. Driscoll was a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Research on Group Processes at the University of Queensland to explore diversity initiatives in Australia. Dr. Driscoll then returned to Purdue University to work for the Office of the Vice President for Human Relations as their Diversity Resource Specialist.
From 2000 to 2007, Dr. Driscoll played a major role in two assessments of Purdue’s diversity climate, wrote grants to help fund diversity related programs, created surveys to assess diversity programs, advised schools, colleges, units, other universities, nonprofit organizations, local government agencies and businesses about diversity best practices, as well as developed, facilitated, and assessed diversity training programs for faculty, staff, graduate students, and others in the community (i.e., the police, staff at public agencies, etc.).
Some examples of the workshop topics Dr. Driscoll developed are as follows: Mentoring and Diversity; Diversity and Classroom Teaching; Building Institutional Diversity Competency; Communicating Cross-culturally; Assessing Diversity Initiatives.
Now, as an independent consultant, Dr. Driscoll combines her expertise as a faculty member, an administrator, and a diversity consultant to help improve the diversity competency of institutions (see diversitycompetency.com to learn more about how Diversity Competency, LLC can help).
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