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Emily Shaffer, PhD

Sr. Director, Research

Emily Shaffer, PhD, is a member of the Research team at Catalyst and is an expert in stereotyping and prejudice. As Sr. Director, Research, her research focuses on cultivating inclusive workplaces for all employees. Trained in advanced statistics, she also lends her statistical expertise to cross-Catalyst projects.

Emily earned her PhD in social psychology from Tulane University. She earned an MA in psychology from San Diego State University and a BA in psychology from the University of Arizona.



Emily's Latest Work


Interrupting Sexism at Work: What Drives Men to Respond Directly or Do Nothing? (Report)

New Catalyst research examines what influences men’s willingness and ability to interrupt sexism at work.

Engaging Men

Masculine Anxiety and Interrupting Sexism at Work (Report)

Learn what masculine anxiety is and how it links to interrupting or not interrupting sexism in the workplace.

Emotional Tax

Emotional Tax and Work Teams (Report)

This report reveals that experiences of emotional tax in the workplace are pervasive in Australia, Brazil, Canada, UK, and US.

Inclusive Leadership

The Trust Gap: The Impact on Employees in Europe (Report)

A new report from Catalyst reveals that only 46% of employees in Europe report often or always being trusted at work.

Inclusive Leadership

Why Leaders Must Connect More During Times of Crisis (Report)

Here are steps leaders should take to show openness and vulnerability authentically to connect with their team at work.


How Men Respond to Sexism in a Climate of Silence (Report)

New Catalyst research reveals that a climate of silence hinders men’s willingness to interrupt sexist behavior.

Future of Work

Covid-19: Women, Equity, and Inclusion in the Future of Work (Report)

In the wake of Covid-19, Catalyst offers a path to a more equitable, inclusive, and fulfilling workplace.

Future of Work

Future Workplaces that Work for Women: Five Strategies in the Covid-19 Era (Webinar Recording)

Hear an overview of the Catalyst Report, Covid-19: Women, Equity, and Inclusion in the Future of Work, from our researchers.

Inclusive Leadership

Getting Real About Inclusive Leadership (Report)

Catalyst research demonstrates the role managers play in creating inclusive workplaces and highlights the elements of inclusive leadership.

Let’s Get Real About Measuring Inclusion and Getting Results (Webinar Recording)

The session provides insights and tools—featuring the Catalyst Inclusion Accelerator diagnostic tool—to drive and measure inclusion.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace (Report)

Take steps now to prevent sexual harassment with these actions taken from vetted research.