Category: Women's Issues / Gender

Symposium

Symposium 115 - Spotlight on the Glass Ceiling: A Presentation of Gender Disparities With Implications for the Future of our Field

Sunday, November 19
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Indigo 204, Level 2, Indigo Level

Keywords: Women's Issues | Gender | Professional Issues
Presentation Type: Symposium

Historically, research on gender disparity in the field of psychology has been conducted in the context of early career, highlighting challenges that women faced in achieving equal representation in roles more typically filled by their male counterparts (e.g., Martinez et al., 2007). More recent work has broadened our understanding of the scope of gender inequity as existing across the sciences (Goulden, Mason & Frasch, 2011), and examined some underlying issues, such as discrimination, that may contribute to existing inequities (MacNell, Driscoll & Hunt, 2015).  Noting that more women than ever before are seeking and achieving high-level degrees in psychology, researchers have begun to question why later-stage, and more advanced or leadership roles remain disproportionately filled by men. Likewise, researchers have begun to explore alternative explanations for the continued existence of disparities in an effort to understand why some glass ceilings are still intact, and pipelines still leak.   


This symposium aims to present and highlight current gender inequities in psychology and other fields within STEM in hopes of emphasizing the breadth of this issue.  Furthermore, this presentation will discuss potential mechanisms by which disparities may originate, with implications for both clinical and research efforts in the future of this field. Specifically, Dr. Hormes will present results from a study that identifies differences in representation of females within authorship in peer-reviewed journals.  Dr. Sockol will present a systematic review of women’s participation in various roles in ABCT’s annual meetings since 2013, highlighting specific disparities in participation. Dr. Stout will present findings from a study of self-perception of aptitude, which may serve to undermine the success of females in STEM, thereby highlighting mechanisms through which disparities appear.  Dr. Garcia will present data that considers racial and ethnic influence on the role of gender within STEM.  Lastly, Dr. Becker will comment on all of these research findings from the perspective of having recently served as president of a major psychological association (Academy for Eating Disorders). 


Altogether, this symposium will stimulate discussion surrounding the challenges presented in addressing gender inequity in the field of clinical psychology and may generate novel ideas for improvements in representation within the field. 


 

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Sasha Gorrell

Graduate Student
University at Albany, SUNY

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    Carolyn Becker

    Professor
    Trinity University

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    Julia M. Hormes

    Assistant Professor
    University at Albany, SUNY

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    Jane G. Stout

    Director
    Center for Evaluating the Research Pipeline

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    Donna M. Garcia

    Associate Professor
    California State University, San Bernadino

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