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Samuel R. Sommers, Ph.D., Laboratory Director
Dr. Sommers is associate professor of psychology at Tufts University in Medford, MA. An experimental social psychologist, he is interested in issues related to stereotyping, prejudice, and group diversity. His research focuses on two general (and often overlapping) topics: 1) race and social perception, judgment, and interaction; 2) the intersection of psychology and law.
His first book, Situations Matter: Understanding How Context Transforms Your World, written for a general audience, is now available.
He also blogs regularly for Psychology Today as well as Huffington Post.
For more details on Dr. Sommers's teaching, research, and writing, check out this article from the Tufts Admissions Magazine.
Professor Sommers was born in New York City and grew up in
Cincinnati, Ohio. He earned his B.A. in Psychology from Williams
College in 1997 and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in
2002. He joined the faculty at Tufts in 2003, and teaches courses in
Social Psychology, Introductory Psychology, Experimental Psychology,
and Psychology & Law.
Professor Sommers has experience leading workshops in which he
introduces non-psychologists to research on race, gender, and
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Professor Sommers also has experience consulting with attorneys on psychological research regarding the often subtle and unconscious nature of contemporary discrimination. Learn more >
He has been qualified as an expert in several cases on a variety of aspects regarding the criminal justice system, including factors influencing eyewitness memory; cross-race eyewitness identification; photo array and lineup administration; race and capital trial outcomes; race and jury selection; and jury racial composition.
He is an approved vendor with the Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services.
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