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Arghavan Salles
Ph.D Candidate, School of Education
Clayman Institute Graduate Dissertation Fellow 2011-12

Arghavan Salles is a PhD student in the School of Education at Stanford University. She is also a general surgery resident at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. Her broad research agenda is based on using theories from social psychology to improve medical training. Her dissertation focuses on the impact of gender stereotypes on women in surgery. In particular, she is interested in whether these stereotypes affect women's well-being and performance. She has shown that the more women believe that there exists a stereotype against their surgical ability, the worse their well-being is. Her research also assesses the effectiveness of values affirmations in counteracting the impact of gender stereotyping on women. If successful, values affirmations may improve women's performance in surgery and may also improve their well-being.

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