Valerie Purdie-Vaughns is a professor in the Department of Psychology at Columbia University and an instructor at Columbia Business School. She teaches Negotiations in the Graduate and Executive Education programs at Columbia Business School, and Mind, Culture and Brain in the Department of Psychology. In 2014, she was the recipient of the distinguished Columbia University Lenfest Award for excellence in teaching and mentoring.
Dr. Purdie-Vaughns’ research focuses on the psychology and biology of identity in organizations. Her interests include diversity in schools and workplaces, understanding and closing achievement gaps, race and policing, and non-conscious processes. Dr. Purdie-Vaughns has authored over 50 publications and has been awarded significant federal research grants. In 2015, she was awarded the prestigious Columbia University RISE grant for most cutting-edge research on stress and workplace culture.
Dr. Purdie-Vaughns currently serves as a consultant for a variety of organizations including corporate clients, educational institutions and non-profits. She consults in the areas of leadership, teams, negotiations, communications, mentoring, multi-cultural and urban marketing, and diversity and inclusion strategy. Select clients, past and present, include Goldman Sachs, Intel, Ernst & Young,American Physics Society-Nuclear Physics Division, Bridgeport Fire Department and the Kapor Foundation.
Previously, Dr. Purdie-Vaughns served on the faculty at Yale University. She completed her doctoral work in psychology at Stanford University. She completed her undergraduate work at Columbia University and lettered in varsity basketball.