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Analia Albuja

Advisor: Dr. Diana Sanchez

Year:  4th

Social

Research Interests: I am interested in how dual identities are perceived and experienced in a society that largely views social categories as biological and thus distinct and static. My current projects examine the unique social experiences of biracial and bicultural people, as well as various aspects of racial essentialism. My work includes a particular focus on stress and health outcomes related to these constructs. 

 

Caitlin Bronson

Advisor: Dr. Richard Contrada

Year:  3rd

Social/Health

Research Interests: My broad research interests focus on how group identity can influence health perceptions and behaviors. More specifically, I examine how identification with and definitions of masculinity can elicit anxiety and lead to poorer health outcomes.

 

Akeela Careem

Advisor: Dr. Lee Jussim

Year: 2nd

Social

 

Kim Chaney

Advisor: Dr. Diana Sanchez

Year: 4th

Social

Research Interests: I am broadly interested in how individuals experience and cope with stigma. My current research explores the breadth of identity threat and safety cues, specifically stigmatized individuals’ affective, cognitive, and physiological responses to such cues, as well as strategies individuals may employ in order to cope with and confront experiences of discrimination.

 

Rebecca Cipollina

Advisor: Dr. Diana Sanchez

Year: 1st

Social

 

Rachel Cultice

Advisor: Dr. Laurie Rudman

Year: 1st

Social

 

Nick Fox

Advisor: Dr. Lee Jussim

Year: 5th

Social

Research Interests: I am interested in social networks and how individuals with concealable stigma exist within them.  My current work is on estimating the population size of researchers who use questionable research practices (QRPs) and observing how group identifying information travels through their social networks.  I am also heavily involved in the push for a more open and reproducible science.

Personal Website: nickfox.netlify.com

OSF profile: osf.io/pnyji                   

 

Nate Honeycutt

Advisor: Dr. Lee Jussim

Year: 2nd

Social

 Research Interests: My research has been rooted in the domain of political psychology, with a particular interest in issues related to minority influence, viewpoint diversity in higher education, scientific integrity, and political partisanship. My current/recent projects have explored group dynamics involving numerical minorities, along with political diversity and the political climate among university faculty and students, and national trends related to political polarization.

Personal Website: www.natehoneycutt.com

 

Kristina Howansky

Advisor: Dr. Shana Cole

Year:  5th

Social

Research Interests: My research explores perceptual and attentional routes to prejudice and discrimination, with an emphasis on bias toward transgender individuals. I also explore perceptual biases in the way people view themselves. 

 

Steven Jones

Advisor: Dr. Gretchen Chapman

Year: 3rd

Social

 

Janna Kline

Advisor: Dr. Shanna Cole

Year: 3rd

Social

Research Interests: Despite having similar long term goals, some people seem to be much better at self-control than others. My research explores the automatic and deliberative processes that vary person-to-person and enable successful goal pursuit. Across a variety of domains, including diet, fitness, and academics, I study the strategies people use to bolster motivation, minimize distractions, and overcome self-control conflicts.

 

Melanie Maimon

Advisor: Dr. Diana Sanchez

Year: 1st

Social

 

Rachel Rubinstein

Advisors: Dr. Lee Jussim, Dr. David Wilder

Year: 7th

Social

Research Interests: Much of my research investigates reliance on category information and individuating information in implicit and explicit person perception. When does one type of information take primacy over the other, and when do we rely on both sources of information? I also examine people’s attributions for the foundations of their own and others’ beliefs.

 

Lina Saud

Advisor: Dr. Laurie Rudman

Year: 2nd

Social

Research Interests: My research examines the modern social ramifications of historical trends and ideologies. For example, a recent line of research examines how social Darwinism, which ostensibly vanished as an acceptable mode of viewing social relations, prevails today, motivating prejudicial attitudes and behaviors.  

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