Current Research

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The role of unconscious bias in clinical decision making

People Involved: Dr. Melissa Wheeler, Prof. Robert Wood

Research Partners: Melbourne Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, Educating for Equity

This project explores medical students’ clinical decision making and the role of unconscious bias on health disparities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous patients, with the aim of developing equity training programs at the tertiary level.


Organisational use of the Diversity Scan

People Involved: Dr. Victor Sojo, Prof. Robert Wood

Development, validation and use of a new tool to measure the risk and protective factors for workers’ fit, functioning and growth in organisational contexts. This tool has a particular emphasis on factors associated with diversity management.


Gender evaluation bias and backlash.

People Involved: Anna Genat, Prof. Robert Wood, Dr.Victor Sojo

This is a meta-analytic study of bias in the evaluation of women in general and the reactions towards counter-stereotypical women in work contexts.


Leadership essentialism: predictors and outcomes.

People Involved: Dr. Victor Sojo, Michelle Stratemeyer, Rebecca Chau, Prof. Robert Wood

Description: this project comprises a series of experimental studies to develop a new measure of leadership essentialism and to evaluate the impact of leadership essentialism on general human resources management practices.


Personality frame of reference and performance.

People Involved: Prof. Robert Wood, Dr. Victor Sojo

This is an empirical study of the use of self and other personality assessments of the BIG 5 under different frames of reference to predict the performance of managers in the corporate sector.


Quotas and target for women in leadership.

People Involved: Prof. Robert Wood, Dr. Victor Sojo

This is a systematic literature review of the evidence around the implementation and impact of quotas and targets to increase the representation of women in leadership positions.


Social class threat perceptions, social class essentialism and performance management.

People Involved: Dr. Victor Sojo, Michelle Stratemeyer, Rebecca Chau, Prof. Robert Wood

This project comprises a series of experimental studies to evaluate the mediating role of social class essentialism in the relationship between social class threat perceptions and discriminatory performance management practices against minority groups.