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Analia Albuja

Advisor: Dr. Diana Sanchez

Year:  3rd

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:  2nd

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: 1st

Social

 

Kim Chaney

Advisor: Dr. Diana Sanchez

Year: 3rd

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 experiences of discrimination.

 

Jeff DeWitt

Advisor: Dr. Gretchen Chapman

Year: 6th

Social

Research Interests: I am broadly interested in applying research on judgment and decision making in the context of health and medicine.  My current research is centered around the issues involved in organ donation and allocation.  In particular, I am investigating the fairness intuitions that arise when people are asked to choose how to allocate scarce transplant organs, the predictors of live donation (who do you approach and when do they get tested or donate), and the factors that influence whether incentives to increase organ supply will "crowd out" prosocial motivations.

Website: http://mdmlab.rutgers.edu/people/graduate-students/jeff/ 

 

Jeremy Engelberg

Advisor: Dr. Richard Contrada

Year: 4th

Social/Health

Research Interests: I am broadly interested in the psychosocial factors involved in health.  My current research centers on the transactional processes linking personality and social support to physical health outcomes.  In particular I am interested in the interpersonal aspects and consequences of optimism.

 

Nate Honeycutt

Advisor: Dr. Lee Jussim

Year: 1st

Social

 

Kristina Howansky

Advisor: Dr. Shana Cole

Year:  4th

Social

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

 

Xiaomeng Hu

Advisor: Dr. David Wilder, Dr. Lee Jussim

Year: 6th

Social

Research Interests: I'm primarily interested in studying morality and how it varies across cultures. Particularly, I attempt to understand how liberal and conservative Americans, as well as traditional and modern Chinese conceptualize, operationalize and enact morality via making moral judgments and regulating moral conduct. Another line of my research explores how people's beliefs, attitudes, and behavior differ across online and offline social contexts.

 

Steven Jones

Advisor: Dr. Gretchen Chapman

Year: 2nd

Social

 

Janna Kline

Advisor: Dr. Shanna Cole

Year: 2nd

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.

 

Meghan McLean

Advisor: Dr. Laurie Rudman

Year: 5th

Social

 Research Interests: My research explores implicit social cognition, and in particular, the factors that contribute to stereotypes and prejudice. In the past, I have explored the influence of implicit beauty attitudes on racial bias and ageism. Currently, my research explores obstacles women face in the workplace. For instance, my dissertation tests whether the impostor syndrome influences gender disparities in the workplace. 

 

Rachel Rubinstein

Advisors: Dr. Lee Jussim, Dr. David Wilder

Year: 6th

Social

 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. Lee Jussim

Year: 1st

Social

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