Faculty Profile: Valerie Purdie Greenaway

Valerie Purdie Greenaway


Professor Valerie Purdie Greenaway serves as Director for the Laboratory of Intergroup Relations and the Social Mind (LIRSM). She is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Columbia University, core faculty for the Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholars Program (RWJ Columbia-site), and research fellow at the Institute for Research on African-American Studies (IRAAS) at Columbia.


Dr. Purdie Greenaway has authored numerous publications that have appeared in journals such as Science, Psychological Science and Journal of Personality & Social Psychology. She has been awarded grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Russell Sage Foundation, Spencer Foundation and William T. Grant Foundation. In 2013, Dr. Purdie Greenaway was awarded the Columbia University RISE (Research Initiative in Science and Engineering) award for most innovative and cutting-edge research proposal titled, Cells to Society” approach to reducing racial achievement gaps: Neuro-physiologic pathways involved in stereotype threat and social psychological interventions.

Undergraduate Courses Taught

  • Psychology of Culture and Diversity
  • Introduction to Cultural Psychology