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Council Member 2017-2020

Dr. Kimberly Barsamian Kahn is an Associate Professor of Social Psychology at Portland State University. She received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Lisbon University Institute in Portugal.
Dr. Kahn’s research addresses contemporary forms of subtle bias, including implicit bias, phenotypic racial stereotypicality bias, and social identity threat. A major focus is on understanding and counteracting racial bias in policing, including racially disparate police use of force and decisions to shoot. Dr. Kahn has established collaborations with police departments across the United States to study this issue, including an active partnership with the Center for Policing Equity.
Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, the Bureau of Justice Assistance, and the National Institute for Transportation and Communities.