Social inequality refers to differential access to and use of resources across various domains (e.g., health, education, occupations) that result in disparities across gender, race/ethnicity, class, and other important social markers. Penn State’s psychology department recognizes the importance of using psychological approaches to better understand why social inequalities exist and to provide interventions rooted in psychological theory to reduce these disparities wherever possible. We believe that psychological approaches can inform efforts to understand and remedy social inequalities in public health (differential rates of disease among various populations), education (achievement gaps between students), and sustainability (differential consequences of climate change for different groups). We are one of the few psychology departments to take a systematic approach to understanding and addressing social inequalities. With this in mind, we leverage the existing strengths in our department related to the study of social inequality into a more coherent and cohesive approach that builds on the department’s cross-cutting themes related to neuroscience and translational research.
Penn State’s Psychology Department recognizes the importance of using psychological approaches to better understand why social inequalities exist and toprovide interventions grounded in psychology theory.