John and Ruth Hazel Associate Professor of the Social Sciences
Department of Psychology
Harvard University
33 Kirkland Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

phone: (617) 495-3898

NALINI AMBADY received her Ph.D. in social psychology from Harvard University in 1991. After teaching at Holy Cross College, she joined the faculty at Harvard in 1994. Her research interests include examining the accuracy of social, emotional, and perceptual judgments, how personal and social identities affect cognition and performance, dyadic interactions especially those involving status differentiated dyads, and nonverbal communication. She is particularly interested in applying innovative and integrative methods to examine these phenomena from multiple perspectives ranging from the biological to the sociocultural.

Honors and Awards

  • Excellence in Mentoring Award, Graduate Student Council, Harvard University, 2000

  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), 1998

  • National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, 1998

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science Behavioral Science Research Prize, 1993 (with Robert Rosenthal)

  • American Psychological Association Division 5 (Evaluation, Measurement, & Statistics) Dissertation Award, 1994