Senior Lab Consultant and Behavioral Scientist
Caitlin Handron serves as Senior Lab Consultant and Behavioral Scientist at R&G Insights Lab, the legal industry’s first analytics and behavioral science consulting practice. She brings a cultural psychologist’s perspective to many of the most important challenges facing enterprises today, including risk management and measurement; the development of ethical, inclusive and innovative organizational cultures; and the design and implementation of robust diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. In addition to her client-focused responsibilities, Caitlin plays a leading role in shaping the Lab’s overall business strategy.
Caitlin’s work is informed by her extensive research experience and her focus on translating psychological theory and cultural research into practical action. Prior to joining Ropes & Gray, she was a research scientist at Stanford University’s SPARQ think tank, where she studied how culture—including race, gender, social class, and nationality—influences individuals’ understanding of both their surroundings and their relationship to others. At SPARQ, she also worked with clients on projects to promote diversity and inclusion in the financial sector. Earlier in her career, she studied the role of community practices and rituals in increasing accountability, reducing conflict within groups, and supporting individual and collective well-being.
Caitlin has a Ph.D. and Master’s in Social Psychology from Stanford University and a B.A. summa cum laude from the University of Washington. She was a predoctoral fellow of the National Science Foundation. Caitlin has been honored for her work with awards from the Norman H. Anderson Research Fund at Stanford University, the Western Psychological Association and the University of Washington. Her research has been featured in such prestigious media outlets as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and National Public Radio.
- Co-author, “Understanding and Shaping Organisational Culture to Disrupt the Cycle of Misconduct,” Global Investigations Review (September 6, 2022)
- Co-author, “Racial Equity Audits Can Help Bridge the Gap Between Words and Actions,” New York Law Journal (March 23, 2022)
- Handron, C., Kirby, T.A., Wang, J., Matskewich, H. E. & Cheryan. S. (2017). Unexpected gains: Being overweight buffers Asian Americans from prejudice against foreigners. Psychological Science, 28 (9), 1214-1227.
- Quoted, “Overweight Asian-Americans are seen as more ‘American’, study finds,” The New York Times (August 2017)
- Quoted, “People see heavier Asian-Americans as more American, study shows,” The Huffington Post (August 2017)
- Cheryan S., Plaut V. C., Handron, C., & Hudson, L. (2013). The stereotypical computer scientist: Gendered media representations as a barrier to inclusion for women. Sex Roles, 69 (1), 58-71.
- Quoted, “Scientist = geek is a dangerous equation,” NPR (October 2013)
- Quoted, “Why aren’t women interested in computer science?” The Wall Street Journal (September 2013)
- PhD (Social Psychology), Stanford University, 2019
- BA (Psychology and Italian), summa cum laude, University of Washington, 2013
- National Science Foundation, Predoctoral Fellow (2013-2016)
- Norman H. Anderson Research Fund, Stanford University (2014)
- Psi Chi Regional Research Award, Western Psychological Association (2012)
- Undergraduate Research Conference Travel Award, University of Washington (2011)