She received her Ph.D. from Stanford University and her B.A. from Kenyon College. As a social and cultural psychologist, Dr. Fryberg’s research explores the ways in which the social world systematically influences how people understand themselves and their actions, and ultimately how they shape important life outcomes such as educational attainment and health. Her current research program is two-fold: First, for the past three years, she has worked with teachers and administrators across 6 school districts to scale up a model for building culturally inclusive, motivating classroom and school environments that enhance identity safety—the belief that all students belong and can be successful—for students from diverse cultural backgrounds. Second, as part of the Reclaiming Native Truths project (https://www.reclaimingnativetruth.com), her research examines how the current narratives about Native people in the U.S. reify and maintain systems of inequality (i.e., policies and practices) that undermine the social, psychological, and financial well-being of tribal people and tribal communities.
Dr. Fryberg research is published in leading academic journals such as the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Review, Child Development, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In recognition of her work and service to the field, Dr. Fryberg received the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues Louise Kidder Early Career Award, Otto Klineberg Intercultural and International Relations Award, University of Arizona Five Star Faculty Award, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Service Award, and in 2011 was inducted into the Multicultural Alumni Hall of Fame at Stanford University. Dr. Fryberg also provided testimony to the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs regarding the impact of racist stereotypes on Indigenous people, was lead psychologist on an Amicus Brief (file date October 16, 2009) for Susan S. Harjo, et al. V. Pro-Football Inc., and served as an expert witness in the Keepseagle v. U.S. Department of Agriculture class action lawsuit.