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Larisa Heiphetz

Assistant Professor of Psychology, Columbia University

Heiphetz will study how adults and children, including the children of incarcerated parents, conceive of incarceration and incarcerated people. Using experimental and interview data, she will investigate the extent to which adults and children view incarceration as the result of an individual’s innate character, their choices and behaviors, or societal factors such as socioeconomic inequality. She will then study the consequences of these perceptions on people’s attitudes toward those who have been incarcerated and test interventions designed to reduce stigma against them.


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