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Debbie Ma

Debbie Ma
Assistant Professor
(818) 677-2924
Office location:
ST 312



University of Chicago, Psychology Department
Ph.D., Social Psychology, minor areas Statistics and Neuroscience

Courses Taught

  • PSY 321/L: Introduction to Research Methods
  • PSY 345: Social Psychology
  • PSY 479PD: Prejudice and Stereotyping Senior Capstone
  • PSY 500:Graduate Seminar in Professional Development
  • PSY 540: Graduate Seminar in Advanced Social Psychology

Selected Publications and Presentations


Ma, D. S., & Devos, T. (in press). Every Heart Beats True, for the Red, White, and Blue: National Identity Predicts Voter Support. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy

Ma, D. S., Correll, J., Wittenbrink, B., Bar-Anan, Y., Sriram, N., & Nosek, B. A. (in press). When fatigue turns deadly: 

The association between fatigue and racial bias in the decision to shoot. Basic and Applied Social Psychology

Devos, T., & Ma, D.S. (2013). How “American” is Barack Obama? The role of national identity in a historic bid for the White House. Journal of Applied Social Psychology. 43, 214-226. 

Correll, J., Lemoine, C., & Ma, D. S. (2011). Hemispheric Asymmetry in Cross-Race Face Recognition. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47, 1162-1166. 

Ma, D. S. & Correll, J. (2011). Target Prototypicality Moderates Racial Bias in the Decision to Shoot. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47, 391-396. 

Twenge, J. M., Gentile, B., DeWall, C. N., Ma, D. S., Lacefield, K., & Schurtz, D. R. (2009). Birth cohort increases in psychopathology among young Americans, 1938-2007: A cross-temporal meta-analysis of the MMPI. Clinical Psychology Review, 30, 145-154. 

Devos, T., & Ma, D. S. (2008). Is Kate Winslet more American than Lucy Liu? The impact of construal processes on the implicit ascription of a national identity. British Journal of Social Psychology, 47, 191-215. 


Research and Interests

My research focuses on social psychological phenomena related to stereotyping and prejudice. Members of my research lab and I examine the ways in which race shapes thoughts, influences judgments, and impacts behavior. Currently, we are investigating how physical features that signal racial category membership influence downstream social cognitive processes like stereotyping and prejudice. We are also investigating different aspects of how individuals process human faces.