• Ph.D., 2010, Social-Cognitive Psychology, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
  • M.A., 2005, Experimental Psychology, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, Louisiana, USA.
  • B.A., 2002, Psychology, Universitatea de Vest, Timisoara, Romania.


Academic Positions

  • 2012 – 2014, Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) Ambizione Fellow, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. 
  • 2010 – 2012, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Neuchâtel and the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences, Switzerland.


Awards and Grants

  • 2012, Ambizione Fellowship, Swiss National Science Foundation, CHF 450’673.00 ($461,731) for research project Implicit gender stereotypes in the workplace context: communication, behavioral confirmation, and detection.
  • 2010, Georgia State University Dissertation Grant, $1000.
  • 2009, 1st place, CEPO Student Research Award – Minority Issues, Southeastern Psychological Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans for A Racial Bias Reduction Method in the Shooting Task.



Journal Articles
  • Latu, I. M. & Schmid Mast, M. (in press). Male interviewers’ nonverbal dominance predicts lower evaluations of female applicants in simulated job interviews. Journal of Personnel Psychology.
  • Latu, I. M., Schmid Mast, M., & Stewart T. L. (2015). Gender biases in (inter)action: The role of interviewers’ and applicants’ implicit and explicit stereotypes in predicting job interview outcomes, Psychology of Women Quarterly, 39, 539-552.
  • Hall, J., Schmid Mast, M., & Latu I. M. (2014). The vertical dimension of social relations and accurate interpersonal perception: A meta-analysis. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, 39, 131–163.
  • Latu, I. M., Schmid Mast, M., Lammers, J., & Bombari, D. (2013). Successful female leaders empower women’s behavior in leadership tasks. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 49, 444-448.
  • Stewart, T. L., Latu, I. M., Branscombe, N. R., Phillips, N. L., & Denney, H. T. (2012). White privilege awareness and efficacy to reduce racial inequality improve White Americans’ attitudes toward African Americans. Journal of Social Issues, 68, 11-27.
  • Latu, I. M., Stewart, T. L., Myers, A. C., Lisco, C. G., Estes, S. B., & Donohue, D. (2011). What we “say” and what we “think” about female managers: Explicit versus implicit associations of women with success. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 35, 252-266.
  • Stewart, T. L., Latu, I. M., Branscombe, N. R., & Denney, H. T. (2010). Yes we can! Reducing prejudice through seeing (inequality) and believing (in social change). Psychological Science, 21, 1557-1562.
  • Stewart, T. L., Latu, I. M., Kawakami, K., & Myers, A. C. (2010). Consider the situation: Reducing automatic stereotyping through situational attribution training. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 46, 221-225.
  • Smith, V. J., Stewart, T. L., Myers, A. C., & Latu, I. M. (2008). Implicit coping responses to racism predict African Americans’ level of psychological distress. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 30, 264-277.
  • Coats, S., Latu, I. M., & Haydel, L. A. (2007). The facilitative effects of evaluative fit on social categorization. Current Research in Social Psychology, 12, 54-67.
  • Stewart, T. L., Jaspers, K. E., Estes, S. B., & Latu, I. M. (2007). Interethnic differences (or similarities?) in the relative individuation of women and men. Sex Roles, 57, 21-29.
Books and book chapters
  • Schmid Mast, M., Latu, I.M. (in press). Interpersonal accuracy in relation to the workplace, leadership, and hierarchy. In Hall, Schmid Mast, and West (Eds.), The social psychology of perceiving others accurately, Cambridge: University Press.
  • Latu, I. M. & Schmid Mast, M. (2015) The effects of stereotypes on women’s performance in male-dominated hierarchies: Stereotype threat activation and reduction through role models. In K. Faniko, F. Lorenzi-Cioldi, O. Sarrasin, and E. Mayor (Eds.), Men and women in social hierarchies. London: Routlege.
  • Hall, J., Latu, I.M., Carney, D., & Schmid Mast, M. (2014). Nonverbal communication and social power. In J.T. Cheng, J.L. Tracy, and C. Anderson (Eds.), The psychology of social status. New York: Springer.
  • Latu, I. M., Schmid Mast, M., & Kaiser, S. (Eds.). (2013). Gender and Emotion: An Interdisciplinary Perspective. Bern, Switzerland: Peter Lang.