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"To make the most meaningful change, we...need to become more willing to intervene, not only with individuals but also by working to understand and change institutions, policies, and practices."

Meet Rebecca


Rebecca C. Hetey, Ph.D., is a social psychologist, researcher, and consultant. She specializes in building partnerships with practitioners and doing work that connects psychology and policy and bridges the gap between theory and application. In particular, Rebecca works extensively with law enforcement to identify actionable strategies to improve police-community relations. She earned her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Stanford University and her B.A. in Psychology from Yale University.

Rebecca’s academic research focuses primarily on race and the criminal justice system. She works closely with law enforcement agencies across the State of California on research and training initiatives designed to improve police-community relations and reduce disparities. Rebecca’s research has been published in top academic journals, including Psychological Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Current Directions in Psychological Science. Her work has been covered by The New York Times, The Washington Post, PBS, the San Francisco Chronicle, and The Boston Globe.

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