Professor Saera Khan

Saera Khan



Saera Khan is a social psychologist who received her PhD at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research explores the social cognitive processes involved in the reliance of stereotypes for judgment and the consequences of these prejudicial judgments for stigmatized groups. She also studies the role of identity and culture in the formation of moral judgments. She teaches Psychology Practicum, Social Psychology, and Advanced Research Methods.

Research Areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Social Cognition
  • Stereotypes and Prejudice
  • Moral Psychology


  • Co-Chair, Psychology
  • Co-Director, Center for Research, Artistic, and Scholarly Excellence (CRASE, 2015-2020)
  • Co-Editor, Journal of Interdisciplinary Perspectives and Scholarship
  • Member, USF Mission Council
  • Member, USF Interfaith Literacy and Leadership
  • Member, Athletic Oversight Board

Selected Publications

  • Cheung-Blunden, V. & Khan, S. (2018). A Modified Peer Rating System to Recognize Rating Skill as a Learning Outcome. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 43(1), 58-67.

  • Khan, S.R. (2017). Confronting complex multiracial realities: The daily life of multiracial Americans. Psychology Today. 

  • Khan, S.R., & *Stagnaro, M.N. (2015). The influence of multiple group identities on moral foundations, Ethics and Behavior.

  • Khan, S.R., *Dang, T.P., & *Mack, A. (2014). The influence of instructions to correct for bias on social judgments. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 36, 553-562.

  • Khan, S.R. (2014). Post 9-11: The impact of stigma for Muslim Americans. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 20, 4, 580-582.

  • Khan, S.R., *Banda, T., & *Stagnaro, M. N. (2012). Stereotyping from the perspective of perceivers and targets. Online Readings in Psychology and Culture, 5(1), 3-10.

  • Khan, S.R. (2011). Classical and current research and success in stereotype reduction interventions. The Psychology Diversity E-nitiative Project: Enhancing Diversity in Psychology and the Social Sciences through Podcasts and Web-based Videos (podcast recorded June, 2011).

  • Lemm, K. M., Lane, K. A., Sattler, D. N., Khan, S.R., & Nosek, B. A. (2008). Assessing implicit cognitions with a paper-format Implicit Association Test. In T. G. Morrison & M. A. Morrison (Eds.), The psychology of modern prejudice. (pp. 123-146). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

  • Khan, S.R., & *Samarina, V. (2007). Encyclopedia entry for Realistic Conflict Theory in Encyclopedia of Social Psychology, Sage, CA.

  • Khan, S.R., Byrne, C.A., Livesay, K. (2005). The influence of sexual assault and fear of crime on judgments of rational discrimination. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 24, 963-980.

  • Lambert, A.J., Payne, K.B., Jacoby, L. L., Shaffer, L.M., Chasteen, A.L., & Khan, S.R. (2003). Stereotypes as dominant responses: On the “Social Facilitation” of prejudice in anticipated public contexts. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 84, 277-295.

  • Khan, S.R. (2003). Implicit attitudes and stereotyping. Invited submission for the Ethnic Minority Handbook in Psychology (APA, Div. 45), pp. 291-306.

  • Khan, S. R. (2002). Stereotyping from the perspective of perceivers and targets. In W. J. Lonner, D. L. Dinnel, S. A. Hayes, & D. N. Sattler (Eds.), Online Readings in Psychology and Culture (Unit 15, Chapter 3), (, Center for Cross-Cultural Research, Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington USA.

  • Khan, S.R., & Lambert, A.J. (2001). Perceptions of “rational discrimination”: When do people attempt to justify race-based prejudice? Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 23, 43-54.

  • Jeffe, D.B., Khan, S.R., Meredith, K.L., Schlesinger, A., Fraser, V.J., & Mundy, L.M. (2000). Disclosure of HIV status to medical providers: differences by gender, race, and immune function. Public Health Reports, 115 (1), 38-45.

  • Khan, S.R. (1999). Teaching an undergraduate course on the psychology of racism. Teaching of Psychology, 6, 28-33.

  • Lambert, A.J., Chasteen, A.L., Khan, S.R., & Manier, J. (1998). Rethinking our assumptions about stereotype inhibition: Do we need to correct our theories about correction? In R. S. Wyer (Ed) Advances in Social Cognition (11) Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.

  • Khan, S.R., & Lambert, A.J. (1998). Ingroup favoritism versus black sheep effects in observations of informal conversations. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 20, 263-269.

  • Lambert, A.J., Khan, S.R., Lickel, B., & Fricke, K. (1997). Mood and the correction of positive vs. negative stereotypes. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 72, 1002-1016.

  • Khan, S.R. (1997). Teaching tips for graduate student teaching assistants. TA Teaching Tips. (pp. 4 & 8). Invited submission for university handbook. Washington University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.


  • (2017) Time to Break the Silence: Resisting Islamophobia in the Trump Era. Symposium co-organized at University of San Francisco.
  • (2016) “Know your mind: Implicit and explicit bias.” Invited talk given at Open DNS/Cisco Technologies.
  • (2014) "Family House and our Students’ Service", USF
  • (2014) "Sports Fans and Violence" USA Today
  • (2013) "Sports Fans and Violence" KMOV TV
  • (2011). Classical and Current Research and Success in Stereotype Reduction Interventions. The Psychology Diversity E-nitiative Project: Enhancing Diversity in Psychology and the Social Sciences through Podcasts and Web-based Videos (podcast recorded June 2011).
  • (2010). Controversial Methods and Topics in Teaching Psychology. Symposium organizer at the Annual Teaching of Psychology Conference, Atlanta, GA.