Brenda Major is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and past Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. Her research examines the psychology of stigma, the psychological justification of inequality, including gender inequality, and the impact of perceived ethnic, gender, and weight-based stigma and discrimination on physiological stress, health behaviors, and interpersonal relationships. Dr. Major has authored more than 150 articles and book chapters and The Psychology of Legitimacy. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the American Philosophical Foundation, and the Cattell Foundation. She is Past-President of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology and of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. Her awards include the 2012 Kurt Lewin Prize and the 1986 and 1988 Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize from the Society of Psychological Study of Social Issues. She was named a California Distinguished Wellness Lecturer in 1997 and chaired the APA Task Force on Mental Health and Abortion from 2006-2008.
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