The Prejudice Habit Breaking Intervention

Empowering People to Break the Bias Habit

Harnessing scientific research on stereotyping, prejudice, and bias to provide evidence-based ways to reduce bias.

In 2008, Dr. Devine and her colleagues harnessed the theoretical and empirical insights from her considerable body of foundational, pioneering work to develop an intervention designed to promote concern about unintentional bias and discrimination and to empower people to overcome unintentional biases. The prejudice habit breaking intervention was the first, and remains the only intervention that has been shown experimentally to produce long-term changes in bias (Devine, Forscher, Austin, & Cox, 2012, cited 1098 times; Forscher, Mitamura, Dix, Cox, & Devine, 2017). Dr. Devine has adapted this intervention for many different audiences, including public school teachers, professors, graduate students, and police officers. A gender version of this intervention directed at STEM faculty (Carnes et al., 2015) caused UW-Madison science departments to a 15 percentage point increase in hiring women as faculty (Devine, Forscher, Cox, Kaatz, Sheridan, & Carnes, 2017). In several randomized-controlled studies, Dr. Devine and colleagues have tested this intervention’s replicability and long-term effectiveness, with its effects lasting up to at least 2-3 years post-intervention.

Interested in requesting a seminar?

We routinely receive a large number of requests to deliver the habit-breaking intervention. If you would like us to come and deliver our training to your group, we can arrange that with you. The seminar is 3 hours long (which includes short discussion breaks), and it can be adapted to groups of varying sizes.

To set up a call to discuss fees and details for us coming to deliver the bias habit-breaking intervention seminar at your college, department, company, or organization, contact Dr. Devine at