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Salena Brody, Ph.D.

Professor of Instruction, Psychology & Assistant Director, Center for Teaching and Learning

School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

UT Dallas

Dr. Salena Brody is Professor of Instruction in Psychology and Assistant Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at The University of Texas at Dallas. She holds a M.S. and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz (2000/2003) with a specialization in prejudice reduction and intergroup relations and completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Boston College (1998). Dr. Brody is an enthusiastic teacher, public speaker, and trainer whose awards include the UT Dallas President’s Teaching Excellence Award, the Aage Møller Teaching Excellence Award, and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues Innovative Teaching Award. Her expertise as a diversity, equity, and inclusion scholar-practitioner has most recently been featured in the 2021 American Psychological Association book Navigating Difficult Moments in Teaching Diversity and Social Justice.  She works closely with faculty across disciplines to promote inclusive teaching practices and how to engage students in the classroom. Dr. Brody teaches a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, including Introduction to Psychology, Workplace Psychology, Intergroup Emotion and Social Change, and The Psychology of Prejudice. The courses connect psychological research to themes of representation, social issues, and social change. She is passionate about inspiring students to use psychological knowledge for the public good and empowering them to take the lead on solving the world’s most pressing problems.