Dr. Powlishta received her Ph.D. from Stanford University and is currently an Associate Professor of Psychology at Saint Louis University, where she serves as Director of the Experimental Psychology graduate program and of the Gender Cognitions and Development Lab.  Her research interests include the development of stereotyping, bias, and social identity in children.  She is particularly interested in these constructs as they relate to gender, including mechanisms that lead children to favor their own sex, to exaggerate differences between and similarities within the sexes, and to react negatively to violations of traditional gender-role stereotypes.