Event Date and Time
1101 Parren J. Mitchell Art-Sociology Building

Dr. Lois James will be presenting a lecture on Implicit Bias Training. The title and abstract for the talk, as well as a brief bio, can be found below. 

Counter Bias Training Simulation (CBTsim): Innovations in Implicit Bias Training

There is a major push across the nation to heal the breach between law enforcement and the diverse communities they serve. A solution to this problem is to provide high-quality, scenario-based judgement training that conditions trainees to make unbiased decisions. Counter Bias Training Simulation (CBTSim) is a portable scenario-based training platform designed to reveal and overcome biases in police use-of-force. The goal is for trainees to respond based on the objective level of threat and not to cue off civilian characteristics (e.g. race, ethnicity, age, socio-economic status). Using force-option simulation, racial and other biases that may exist even subconsciously among trainees can be surfaced and addressed before they become factors in life-or-death field encounters. The core learning objective of CBTsim is that trainees will make force-decisions based only on objective threat cues, and not be biased by civilian characteristics. The training philosophies are: 1) through repeated exposure to scenarios in which civilian characteristics are not predictably related to scenario outcome, stereotyping will be counter-conditioned; and 2) through post-scenario debriefing trainees will become aware of their implicit biases, which will reduce the likelihood of biased decision making.



Lois James, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Washington State University (WSU) College of Nursing, and the Sleep and Performance Research Center (SPRC), where she focuses on bias, sleep, fatigue, and performance in elite populations such as police officers, military personnel, combat medics, nurses, and top tier athletes. She is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Research Advisory Committee, and has received multiple honors and awards for her work. Dr. James’s simulation-based research on the impact of bias on police decision making has significantly advanced what is known about how suspect race and ethnicity (as well as other factors) influences police officers during critical encounters with the public. She has been published in academic journals including Criminology & Public Policy, Experimental Criminology, the British Journal of Medicine, and Violence and Victims; as well as practitioner journals /magazines such as Police Chief and the FLETC magazine. During her time at WSU, James has brought in approximately $4,000,000 of extramural funding. She is the founding director of Counter Bias Training Simulation (CBTsim), a simulation-based implicit bias training program.

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