Faculty Affiliate Sarah Gaither Publishes Paper on College Roommate Assignments & Surprise Friendships

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Faculty Affiliate Sarah Elizabeth Gaither, PhD, the Nicholas J. and Theresa M. Leonardy Associate Professor Psychology & Neuroscience at Duke University, has recently coauthored a paper titled “Testing intergroup contact theory through a natural experiment of randomized college roommate assignments in the United States.”

The findings, recently published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, suggest that the randomized roommate assignment is a promising way for universities to promote cross-race contact and increase diversity in friend networks amid persistent racial segregation on college campuses.

The full article can be accessed via APA PsycNet here.

Read Dr. Gaither’s feature in Duke Today here.