Alana Conner, Ph.D.

Alana Conner, Ph.D., is a cultural scientist who studies, writes about, and consults on culture, psychology, and health.

By day, Conner is the founding executive director of Stanford SPARQ: Social Psychological Answers to Real-World Questions, a Stanford Psychology Department “do tank” that aims to reduce social disparities in health, education, economic development, and criminal justice. 

By night, she works with clients such as FacebookThe World Bank, and the Stanford Clinical Excellence Research Center to enhance the well-being of diverse people around the world.

In between, she writes for outlets that have included The New York Times Magazine, The Huffington, and the Stanford Social Innovation Review, where she served as a senior editor for five years.

Her most recent work is Clash! How to Thrive in a Multicultural Worldwhich she coauthored with pioneering cultural psychologist Hazel Rose Markus.

A native of Memphis, Conner earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Yale, a doctorate in cultural psychology from Stanford, and a postdoctoral certificate in psychology and medicine from the University of California, San Francisco. She now resides on Stanford's campus as the Resident Fellow of Arroyo House, a frosh dormitory. 

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