Kate Turetsky

Kate Turetsky

Assistant Professor of Psychology




415A Milbank Hall


Kate Turetsky is a social psychologist and director of the Group Dynamics Lab at Barnard College, Columbia University. She studies group processes, focusing especially on the role of social ecology -- including friends, teachers, constructed environments, and media -- in intergroup relations, inequality, wellbeing, and education. She examines these topics primarily through social network analysis, field experiments, real-world "big data" shared by research partners or scraped from the internet, and theory-driven interventions to understand and address social problems. 

Kate joined the faculty at Barnard in 2021 following a postdoctoral research fellowship at Princeton University. She received her B.A. in Psychology and Art from Amherst College and Ph.D. in Psychology from Columbia University. Her research has been supported with grants and fellowships from the National Science Foundation, National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation, Foundation for Personality and Social Psychology, American Psychological Foundation Visionary Fund, and Overdeck Family Foundation Education Innovation Fund.

  • B.A., Amherst College
  • Ph.D., Columbia University

  • Group processes and intergroup relations
  • Inequality
  • Social ecology
  • Social networks
  • Intervention science

  • Social Psychology
  • Behavioral Research Methods and Analysis

Turetsky, K. M., Curley, J. P., Carter, A. B., & Purdie-Greenaway, V. (2022). Explaining the gender gap in negotiations: Social network ties outweigh internal barriers. Journal of Social Issues. | pdf | osf

Turetsky, K. M., Sinclair, S., Starck, J. G., & Shelton, J. N. (2021). Beyond students: How teacher psychology shapes educational inequality. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 25(8), 697-709. | pdf

Turetsky, K. M., Purdie-Greenaway, V., Cook, J. E., Curley, J. P., and Cohen, G. L. (2020). A psychological intervention strengthens students' social networks and promotes persistence in STEM. Science Advances, 6(45), 1-10. | pdf | osf

Riddle, T. A., Turetsky, K. M., Bottesini, J. G., & Leach, C. W. (2020). “What’s going on” in Ferguson? Online news frames of protest at the police killing of Michael Brown. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 23(6), 882-901. | pdf | osf

Turetsky, K. M., and Sanderson, C. A. (2018). Comparing educational interventions: Correcting misperceived norms improves college students’ mental health attitudes. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 48, 46-55. | pdf

Turetsky, K. M., and Riddle, T. A. (2018). Porous chambers, echoes of valence and stereotypes: A network analysis of online news coverage interconnectedness following a nationally polarizing race-related event. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 9, 163-175. | pdf | osf