Carola received her PhD from the School of Psychology at the University in Kent in 2013. Her thesis explored how prototype-based leadership evaluation processes can be attenuated through exposure to challenging diversity experiences.
After finishing her PhD Carola moved to Coventry University as a post-doctoral researcher to work in a multi-disciplinary research centre. During her time in Coventry Carola was awarded funding as a Co-Investigator for a large (approx. £2million) multi-disciplinary and international research project exploring public perceptions of Science and Religion funded by the Templeton Religion Trust.
Dr Leicht generally explores how organisations, groups and individuals react to and use social diversity within their workforce.
Her research takes into account how workplace decisions, perceptions and judgements are affected by social psychological processes (e.g. stereotypes, implicit and explicit biases and social cognition) and are embedded in wider cultural contexts (e.g. diversity, power, roles and inequality). Carola applies this to a number of research areas such as women and minorities in leadership or the homogenous representations of organisations and professions (e.g. higher education or religion).
Diversity in Organisations, Psychology of the Contemporary Workplace, Psychology of Selection and Assessment.