Current Social Students

Maggie Albright-Pierce

Advisor: Dr. Shana Cole

Year: 1st

Social 

Analia Albuja

Advisor: Dr. Diana Sanchez

Year: 6th

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. 

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Patrick Barnwell

Advisor:  Dr. Richard Contrada

Year:  2nd

Social

Caitlin Bronson

Advisor: Dr. Richard Contrada

Year:  5th

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: 4th

Social

Kim Chaney

Advisor: Dr. Diana Sanchez

Year: 6th

Social

Research Interests: Broadly, my research examines the boundaries of identity cues and interpersonal confrontations as they relate to experiences of stigma and intraminority attitudes. In one like of work I examine the breadth of identity threat and safety cues, specifically stigmatized individuals’ affective, cognitive, and physiological responses to such cues, and the lay theories that facilitate experiences of identity cues. In a second line of research, I examine the endurance and scope of interpersonal confrontations as a prejudice reduction strategy and how individuals may employ confrontations in order to cope with experiences of discrimination.

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Rebecca Cipollina

Advisor: Dr. Diana Sanchez

Year: 3rd

Social

Research Interests: My research interests revolve around how the anticipation of being socially devalued affects our perceptions of places, and our interactions with other people. My current research topics include 1) identify safety cues within medical contexts, 2) the disclosure of stigmatized identities, and 3) the accuracy of anticipated stigma & prejudice.  

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William Coleman 

Advisor: Dr. Richard Contrada

Year: 1st

Social

Research Interests: My research interests lie primarily in the psychology of eating behaviors and include, broadly, self- and emotion-regulation, stress and coping, and healthful eating decisions. Currently I am researching the psychological processes of dietary self-monitoring.

Rachel Cultice

Advisor: Dr. Laurie Rudman

Year: 3rd

Social

Research Interests: I am interested in the intersection of gender and sexuality, specifically in the contexts of 1) confronting prejudice and 2) close relationships. My current projects examine gender prejudice perpetrated by sexual minorities, and women’s sexual satisfaction in relationships.    

Janna Kline Dominick 

Advisor: Dr. Shana Cole

Year: 5th

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.

Vanessa Hatton

Advisor:  Dr. Lori Hoggard

Year: 2nd

Social   

Nate Honeycutt

Advisor: Dr. Lee Jussim

Year: 4th

Social

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Steven Jones

Advisor: Dr. Laurie Rudman

Year: 5th

Social

Melanie Maimon

Advisor: Dr. Diana Sanchez

Year: 3rd

Social

Research Interests: My research is broadly interested in perceptions and experiences of stigmatized identity groups, primarily based on gender and sexual orientation, and examines the interaction between romantic relationships and stigma. My current work explores the consequences of identity threat and attributional stigma, and the role of romantic relationships in coping with discrimination, and in essentialism and prejudice reduction.

Lina Saud

Advisor: Dr. Laurie Rudman

Year: 4th

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. 

Aleksandr Tikhonov

Advisor:  Dr. Lori Hoggard

Year: 2nd

Social