Current Social Students

Analia Albuja

Advisor: Dr. Diana Sanchez

Year:  5th

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. 

Patrick Barnwell

Advisor:  Dr. Richard Contrada

Year:  1st

Social

Caitlin Bronson

Advisor: Dr. Richard Contrada

Year:  4th

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: 3rd

Social

Kim Chaney

Advisor: Dr. Diana Sanchez

Year: 5th

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.

Rebecca Cipollina

Advisor: Dr. Diana Sanchez

Year: 2nd

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.  

Rachel Cultice

Advisor: Dr. Laurie Rudman

Year: 2nd

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. 

Nick Fox

Advisor: Dr. Lee Jussim

Year: 6th

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    

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,

Vanessa Hatton

Advisor:  Dr. Lori Hoggard

Year:   1st

Social   

Nate Honeycutt

Advisor: Dr. Lee Jussim

Year: 3rd

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:  6th

Social

Research Interests: People often assume they think about and perceive the world as it really is, that their thoughts and perceptions reflect an objective reality. Rather, a growing body of research suggests that individual and contextual factors influence the way people think about and perceive the world around them. My research broadly investigates the malleability of how people think about and perceive themselves, other individuals, and the environment. Moreover, I examine the downstream consequences of those biases for global social issues. 

Steven Jones

Advisor: Dr. Laurie Rudman

Year: 4th

Social

 

Janna Kline

Advisor: Dr. Shanna Cole

Year: 4th

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: 2nd

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: 3rd

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:  1st

Social