Debbie Ma

Debbie Ma
Office location:
ST 330



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., Correll, J., & Wittenbrink, B. (2016). Context Dependency at Recall: Decoupling Context and Targets at Encoding. Social Cognition, 34, 119-132.

Ma, D. S., Correll, J., & Wittenbrink, B. (in press). The Chicago Face Database: A Free Stimulus Set of Faces and Norming Data. Behavior Research Methods.

Correll, J., Hudson, S. M., Guillermo, S. & Ma, D. S. (2014), The Police Officer's Dilemma: A Decade of Research on Racial Bias in the Decision to Shoot. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 8: 201-213. doi: 10.1111/spc3.12099

Ma, D. S. & Devos, T. (2013). Every Heart Beats True, for the Red, White, and Blue: National Identity Predicts Voter Support. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy. doi: 10.1111/asap.12025.

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.

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.