Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

Leslie Ashburn-Nardo Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Psychology


B.A., Psychology, 1994, Wake Forest University

M.A., Psychology, 1997, University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Ph.D., Experimental (social) psychology, 2003, University of Kentucky

Professional Affiliations

American Psychological Association

Association for Psychological Science

European Association of Social Psychology

Midwestern Psychological Association (Program Moderator, 2014 Conference)

Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Society for Personality and Social Psychology

Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues

Society for the Teaching of Psychology

Society of Experimental Social Psychology (Fellow)


2013-present   Consulting Editor, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology

Teaching Assignments

For Spring 2014:

PSY-B 203: Ethics and Diversity in Psychology

PSY-B 370: Social Psychology

Current Research

My research is at the intersection of social and organizational psychology.  My interests involve stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination, and their implications for organizational diversity and intergroup relations. Currently, my research focuses on 3 major questions:

  • How do stereotypes influence climate and job-related outcomes for stigmatized targets?
  • Under what conditions will people discriminate against members of their own ingroup?
  • What can individuals and/or organizations do to combat discrimination and improve climate?

Select Publications

Morris, K. A., Ashburn-Nardo, L., & Padgett, R. J. (2011). Think fast: Using web-based reaction time technology to promote teaching about racial bias and diversity. In D. S. Dunn, J. C. Wilson, J. Freeman, & J. R. Stowell (Eds.), Getting connected: Best practices for technology-enhanced teaching and learning in psychology. Oxford University Press.

Bigatti, S. M., Gibau, G. S., Boys, S., Grove, K., Ashburn-Nardo, L., Khaja, K., & Springer, J. T. (2012). Faculty perceptions of multicultural teaching in a large urban university. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 12, 78-93.

Czopp, A. M., & Ashburn-Nardo, L. (2012). Interpersonal confrontations of prejudice. In D. W. Russell & C. A. Russell (Eds.), The psychology of prejudice: Interdisciplinary perspectives on contemporary issues. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

Johnson, J. D., Ashburn-Nardo, L., & Lecci, L. (2013). Individual differences in discrimination expectations moderate the impact of target stereotypically Black physical features on racism-related responses in Blacks. Journal of Black Psychology, 39, 560-584.

Johnson, J. D., & Ashburn-Nardo, L. (in press). Testing the “Black Code”: Does having White close friends elicit identity denial and decreased empathy from Black ingroup members? Social Psychological and Personality Science.

Stockdale, M. S., Sliter, K. A., & Ashburn-Nardo, L. (in press). The role of psychology in employment discrimination. In B. Cutler & P. Zapf (Eds.), APA Handbook of Forensic Psychology. Washington, D.C.: APA Press.

Awards & Honors

Selected from last 3 years:

2011   Alvin S. Bynum Award for Excellence in Academic Mentoring, IUPUI

2012   Chancellor’s Diversity Scholar Award, IUPUI

2013   Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Multicultural Teaching, IUPUI