Current Students

Sara Barth

Advisor: Jennifer Wessel

Year in Program: 2nd year

Sara is a second year graduate student broadly interested in diversity & discrimination issues in the workplace. More specifically, she is interested in studying the experiences of marginalized groups and stigmatized individuals. In addition, she has an interest in how employees manage their diverse identities in the workplace with a focus on how to optimize interactions where these identities are discussed.

Marina Chernikova

Advisor: Arie Kruglanski

Year in Program: 4th year

Marina graduated from St. John's College in Annapolis with a bachelor's degree in history of philosophy and literature. She now works with Dr. Arie Kruglanski and does research on goal systems, motivation, regulatory mode, and the psychology of terrorism. More specifically, she is interested in how individuals choose a means to a particular goal from multiple available means, as well as how they react when a means to their goal has been thwarted.

Brandon Crosby

Advisor: Michele Gelfand

Year in Program: 6th year

Brandon is a sixth year doctoral student who primarily works with Michele Gelfand. Brandon's research interests include race, negotiation as well as status and social accounts. Specifically, he is interested in how race can impact how individuals decide to negotiate as well as understanding how individuals of different ascribed and achieved status are treated after trust violations.

Michelle Dugas

Advisor: Arie Kruglanski, Michele Gelfand

Year in Program: 7th year

Michelle is a seventh year graduate student who primarily works with Arie Kruglanski and whose research interests are focused on the intersection of motivation and group processes. Currently, she is working on a research program that conceptualizes groups as means to various goals and explores the implications of goal systems theory principles for group identification. Additional projects that she is developing include investigations into the motivational antecedents of different forms of extremism and the role of cultural tightness-looseness in successful self-control.

Jessica Fernandez

Advisor: Arie Kruglanski, Michele Gelfand

Year in Program: 3rd year

Jess is a third year graduate student in the Social, Decision and Organizational Sciences program. Her research interests focus on motivations in health decision-making and health behaviors, social norm variance across groups and cultures, and the effects of self-regulatory systems on individual well-being.

Jesse Harrington

Advisor: Michele Gelfand

Year in Program: 6th year

Jesse Harrington is a sixth year doctoral student and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow working in the fields of social and organizational psychology with a focus on cross-cultural research. He is interested in cultural evolution, the influence of ecological factors on cultural norms and individual psychology, the relationship between cross-cultural differences and power, and cultural differences at various levels of analysis (for example, at the international, intra-national, and organizational levels).

His website can be found here: https://sites.google.com/site/jharringtonumd/

Awards:
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (awarded 2013)
NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institute Fellowship: China (awarded 2015)

Ben Levine

Advisor: James Grand

Year in Program: 2nd year

Ben is a second year student working with Dr. James Grand. His interests include leadership behaviors, how leaders impact individuals and teams, and improving team processes and performance.

Ren Li

Advisor: Michele Gelfand

Year in Program: 4th year

Ren is a fourth year student in the program, and works with Michele Gelfand. Her current research focuses on acculturation and cultural comparison in consumer behavior. She is also interested in cross-cultural psychology of moral judgment and decision making.

Joo Park

Advisor: Paul Hanges

Year in Program: 5th year

Joo is a fifth year graduate student in the SDOS program with a focus in industrial and organizational psychology. Her research interests are in personnel selection, testing, workplace diversity. Currently, she is interested in different ways of detecting and reducing adverse impact in tests. More specifically, she is working with Dr. Paul Hanges in exploring the effects of cognitive style mismatch in testing outcomes.

Josh Ryan

Advisor: Edward Lemay

Year in Program: 1st year

Josh is a first year student working with Dr. Edward Lemay. He is interested in the study of empathy, including how empathy influences our relationship with, and treatment of, others, and the strengths and limitations of empathy as a mechanism for engagement in prosocial behavior.

Hannah Samuelson

Advisor: James Grand

Year in Program: 3rd year

Hannah studies means- and goal-choice, and how individuals stay engaged in goal pursuit. She is particularly interested in the use of computational modeling in social and I/O psychology.

Junjie Su

Advisor: Paul Hanges

Year in Program: 6th year

Su Junjie's research interests lie squarely in the intersection between diversity and validity. For example, he studies issues such as the diversity-validity dilemma in personnel selection and leadership. He is also actively expanding my research toolbox, with tools such as Bayesian statistics, to address research problems from additional directions.

Nadya Teneva

Advisor: Edward Lemay

Year in Program: 1st year

Nadya is a first year student working with Edward Lemay. Her interests broadly lie in the field of interpersonal relationships (romantic relationships and friendships). More specifically, she wants to study emotional support and emotion regulation, forecasting, belonging and rejection. Additionally, she is interested in the way traditional romantic relationships are changing and how that impacts partners' well-being.

Rachel Venaglia

Advisor: Edward Lemay

Year in Program: 3rd year

Rachel is primarily interested in researching why people do things that can be detrimental to their well-being and what can be done to help individuals make decisions that align with their best personal interests. More specifically, she is very interested in social control research and how our interpersonal relationships (with significant others, friends, etc.) can affect our judgment and decision making processes (i.e. by promoting or discouraging health-compromising behaviors). Additionally, Rachel is interested in social cognition processes, particularly in relation to how our attitudes and beliefs about health-compromising behaviors are formed and what can be done to change them.

Jasmine Wheeler

Advisor: Michele Gelfand

Year in Program: 5th year

Jasmine is currently a fifth year graduate student in the SDOS program working with Dr. Michele Gelfand. My research interests include diversity, leadership, race, and power. More specifically, she is interested in how to maximize the success of diversity efforts and ensure that women and minorities in the workplace feel empowered and have the ability to take advanced leadership roles.

Awards:
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (awarded 2014)
Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues— Clara Mayo Grant

Noah Wolf

Advisor: Edward Lemay

Year in Program: 3rd year

My research has focused on limerence, which is a state of mind where a person becomes obsessed with having their romantic feelings reciprocated. Currently, I am in the process of constructing a questionnaire designed to detect the limerent state in individuals. In general, I am interested in research about romantic relationships, as well as the various theories that surround the concept of love.