Leslie Ashburn-Nardo, Ph.D.

Professor, Psychology

LD 100A
(317) 274-6766
Research Areas:
Applied Social and Organizational Psychology | Industrial/Organizational Psychology


My lab focuses on documenting the various ways that women, African Americans, and other groups are marginalized. We are especially interested in biases that are unexpected or counterintuitive, such as interpersonal forms of discrimination that happen in professional contexts where formal discrimination is prohibited (e.g., the workplace, academia, healthcare) and intra-group prejudices in which people are biased against members of their own in-groups. Understanding the causes of identity-based disparities helps us develop targeted individual and organizational strategies and interventions to reduce prejudice and foster inclusivity.

Toward that end, we are currently engaged in work regarding interpersonal prejudice confrontation, allyship, and identity-safety signals in organizations and in academia.

Research areas

  • Applied Social and Organizational Psychology
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Current graduate students

  • Muhammad Fazuan Abdul Karim
  • Tuyen Dinh
  • Matthew Grabowski
  • Linda Muller
  • Deidre Hall
  • Arispa Weigold

Dr. Ashburn-Nardo will not be accepting new students for Fall 2022.


  • Ph.D., Experimental (social) psychology, 2003, University of Kentucky
  • M.A., Psychology, 1997, University of North Carolina at Wilmington
  • B.A., Psychology, 1994, Wake Forest University

Publications & Professional Activity

Selected from the last three years

Thomas, K. M., & Ashburn-Nardo, L. (in press). Black lives matter...still: Moving beyond acknowledging the problem toward effective solutions in graduate training and education. Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion: An International Journal.

Pietri, E., Ashburn-Nardo, L., &. Mukhopadhyay, S. (in press). Peer assistant role models in a graduate computer science course in Springer Nature - Research Book Series: Transactions on Computational Science & Computational Intelligence, Series Title: Advances in Software Engineering, Education, & e-Learning.

Cvencek, D., Greenwald, A. G., Meltzoff, A. N., Maddox, C. D., Nosek, B. A., Rudman, L. A., Devos, T., Dunham, Y., Baron, A. S., Steffens, M. C., Lane, K., Horcajo, J., Ashburn-Nardo, L., Quinby, A., Srivastava, S. B., Schmidt, K., Aidman, E., Tang, E., Farnham, S., Mellott, D. S., & Banaji, M. R. (in press). Meta-analytic use of balanced identity theory to validate the Implicit Association Test. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

Ashburn-Nardo, L., Lindsey, A. P., Morris, K. A., & Goodwin, S. A. (in press). Who is responsible for confronting prejudice? The role of perceived and conferred authority. Journal of Business and Psychology.

Wang, K., Walker, K., Pietri, E., & Ashburn‐Nardo, L. (2019). Consequences of confronting patronizing help for people with disabilities: Do target gender and disability type matter? Journal of Social Issues75, 904-923.

Nittrouer, C. L., Hebl, M. R., Ashburn-Nardo, L., Trump-Steele, R. C. E., Lane, D. M., & Valian, V. (2018). Gender disparities in colloquium speakers at top universities. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115, 104-108.

Ashburn-Nardo, L. (2017). Parenthood as a moral imperative? Moral outrage and the stigmatization of voluntarily childfree women and men. Sex Roles, 76, 393-401.

Ashburn-Nardo, L., Thomas, K., & Robinson, A. J. (2017). Broadening the conversation: Why Black lives matter. Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion: An International Journal, 36, 698-706.


  • 2019-present, Editorial Board Member, Social Psychological and Personality Science
  • 2018-present, Editorial Board Member, Sex Roles: A Journal of Research
  • 2016-present, Editorial Board Member, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology


  • Society for the Psychology of Women
  • European Association of Social Psychology
  • Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race
  • Society of Experimental Social Psychology
  • Society for the Teaching of Psychology
  • Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Association for Psychological Science
  • Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology
  • Midwestern Psychological Association
  • American Psychological Association


Selected from the last three years

  • Fellow, Society for Personality and Social Psychology, 2019
  • Invited Mentor, Gender and Diversity in Organizations, Academy of Management, 2019
  • Invited Mentor, Diversity and Climate Committee, Society for Personality and Social Psychology, 2019
  • Faculty Associate, STEM Education Innovation & Research Institute, IUPUI, 2018
  • Outstanding IUPUI Woman Leader, Veteran Faculty, IUPUI, 2017