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Jay Van Bavel, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychology NYU

Dr. Jay Van Bavel is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Neural Science with an affiliation at the Stern School of Business in Management and Organizations at New York University. Prior to coming to NYU, Jay completed his PhD at the University of Toronto. He is currently a Senior Scientist at the NeuroLeadership Institute and former Editor-in-Chief of the NeuroLeadership Journal.

Jay’s is the Director of the NYU Social Identity & Morality Lab and has won several awards for his research on how collective concerns shape the brain and behavior. From neurons to social networks, he has published over 100 academic papers on the psychology and neuroscience of implicit bias, diversity and inclusion, group identity, team performance, cooperation, decision-making, and public health.

Jay has written about his research for the public in the BBC, Harvard Business Review, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Scientific American. He has appeared on Through the Wormhole (with Morgan Freeman), Why We Hate (by Stephen Spielberg), CBC News, and NBC News, been interviewed on NPR, WNYC, and Bloomberg News, and his research has been profiled in international media and been cited in the US Supreme Court and Senate.

Jay recently received the Golden Dozen Teaching Award at NYU and has given over 100 invited talks and keynotes at many of the top Psychology Departments and Business Schools (eg Stanford, Harvard, Oxford), international conferences (eg TEDx, WHO, World Science Festival), and numerous organizations (eg several Fortune 500 companies). He is currently writing a book on the power of social identity.