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CURRENT LAB MEMBERS

The SIP lab is full of passionate researchers from diverse backgrounds who all come together to collaborate on difficult research questions.

CHRISTINE REYNA, PH.D.

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Principle Investigator, Professor

Research interests:

  • The influence of stereotypes on attributional judgments

  • Stereotypes as legitimizing ideologies

  • The origins and consequences of moral judgments

  • The influence of stereotypes and values on political decision making

  • The impact of identity on self and group perceptions and interactions

  • The psychology of extremism (e.g., polarization, White Nationalism)

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THERESA LUHRS, PH.D.

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Director of Undergraduate Studies

Research Interests:

  • Stereotypes and Prejudice

  • Heterosexism

  • Intimate violence

  • Perpetrators of intimate violence

  • Perceptions of men as victims

  • Intuition and the experience of intimate partner violence

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GEOFFREY (GEOFF) DURSO, PH.D

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Assistant Professor of Marketing, DePaul University 

Driehaus College of Business 

Research Interests:

  • Social judgment

  • Consumer behavior

  • Social movement marketing

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JEN ZIMMERMAN, PH.D.

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Instructor

Research Interests:

  • Ideological beliefs

  • Legitimacy

  • System justification & resistance

  • Justice issues

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KARA HARRIS, PH.D.

Ph.D. Student--Psychological Science MA/Ph.D.

Research Interests:

  • Police brutality and colorism

  • Toxic white identity

  • White entitlement

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KAELAN VAZQUEZ, M.A.

Lab Manager, Ph.D. Student--Psychological Science MA/Ph.D.

Research Interests:

  • Stereotyping & prejudice

  • Identity Signaling/Management

  • Confrontation of prejudice

  • Ideological diversity

  • Antiracism as a framework to mitigate self-threat

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SAFA ASAD, M.A.

Ph.D. Student--Community MA/Ph.D.

Research Interest:

  • Disparities in access to education/educational opportunities

  • Achievement gap

  • Enhancing educational systems

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KIANNA KING, M.A.

DePaul Psychology Subject Pool (SONA) Coordinator

Ph.D. Student--Industrial/Organization MA/Ph.D.

Research Interests:

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

  • Racial trauma in the workplace

  • Intragroup marginalization 

  • Human personality

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MIGUEL VAZQUEZ, M.A.

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Lead Program Evaluator for Project Exploration

Ph.D. Student--Community MA/Ph.D.

Research Interests:

  • The Psychology of Extremism

  • Stereotyping & Prejudice

  • Program evaluation

  • STEM and education

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SULAIMON KASALI, M.S.

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Ph.D. Student at the University of Tennessee

Research Interests:

  • Intergroup ideologies

  • Prejudice and distancing in questions

  • Threat perception to the self

  • Cultural misattribution bias

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CHRISTINA CARR

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Ph.D. Student--Community MA/Ph.D.

Research Interests:

  • Working with underserved Black communities with an emphasis on prejudice and bias impacting the community and groups

  • Exploring justice in terms of:

    • Crisis management

    • Interpersonal relationships

    • Environmental racism

    • Food injustice

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SARAH J. SOFFER, CAPT, USAF, M.S.

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Ph.D. Student--Psychological Science MA/Ph.D.

Research Interests:

  • The role cognitive dissonance plays in extremist beliefs and actions

  • Far-right extremism in the military

  • Self-identity

  • Radicalism

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MEGAN STRICKER, M.A.

Ph.D. Student--Psychological Science MA/Ph.D.

Research Interests:

  • Identity management and signaling

  • Memory biases in older adults and implications for consumer protection

  • Interpersonal perception and prejudice, particularly in the areas of mental health and disability identities

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RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

Meet the awesome SIP Lab RAs who help make our research possible!

Conor Cronin, Neuroscience Major, Psychology Research Methods Minor, Biological Sciences Minor--Class of 2024

Levi Rosing--Psychology, Class of 2025

Alice Müller Pereira, Psychology Major, Criminology Minor--Class of 2026

Ellen Cunningham, Psychology Major, LGBTQ Studies Minor--Class of 2025

Undergrad RAs

ALUMNI & AFFILIATES

Meet who else helps to make SIP lab flourish!

Lab Alumni

AMY ANDERSON, PH.D

Assistant Professor at the University of North Texas

Research Interests:

  • STEM identity

  • Positive youth development

  • Educational equity

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NANCY BARTEKIAN, M.S.

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Research Associate at the University of Chicago Medical Center

Research Interests:

  • Stereotyping & Prejudice

  • Using stereotypes as legitimizing ideologies

  • Self and group identity impact on group perceptions and interactions

  • System justification

  • Cross-cultural psychology

  • Intergroup entitlement, anger, violence, and resilience

  • Radicalization

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ANDREA (ANDE) BELLOVARY, PH.D.

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Senior Data Analyst at Nielsen 

Research Interests:

  • White identity and threat perception

  • System legitimacy and perception

  • Political decision making

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OR'SHAUNDRA (O.B.) BENSON, PH.D.

Professor at College of DuPage

Research Interests:​

  • Stereotypes

  • Gender and racial identity

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MARK BRANDT, PH.D

Associate Professor, Michigan State University

Research Interests:

  • Morality and moralization

  • Belief system networks

  • Worldview conflict

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ELLIE BUEBENDORF

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BA/M.S. Community Student

Research Interests:

  • Educational experiences of minoritized students

  • Attitudes toward homelessness/unhoused individuals

  • Experiences of displaced Single Room Occupancy (SRO) tenants

  • Harm reduction approaches toward substance misuse

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JIM DAVIS, PH.D

Assistant Professor, Benedictine University

Research Interests:

  • Experiences of social class and status

  • Toxic white identity

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PJ HENRY, PH.D

Associate Professor, NYU Abu Dhabi

Research Interests:

  • Forms of prejudice around the world

  • Gender equality

  • Legitimizing ideologies

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ALI OMAIR, PH.D

Professor at Jazan University in Saudi Arabia

Research Interests

  • Attributions and gender discrimination

  • The impact of stereotypes on self and social identity

  • Empowerment in the Middle East

  • Applications of social, developmental, and cognitive psychology in education

BRIANNA  MABIE, M.A.

Ph.D. Student--Community MA/Ph.D.

Research Interest:

  • Institutional anti-racism

  • White accountability for racism

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RUSSELL STEIGER, PH.D

Adjunct Instructor at DePaul University

Research Interests:

  • Moral emotions, values, and judgments

  • Contempt and disgust as predictors of social attiudes

  • Ideological bias and conflict

  • Links between LGBT discrimination and sex discrimination

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GEOFFREY WETHERELL, PH.D

Assistant Professor at Florida Atlantic University

Research interests:

  • Stereotypes and Prejudice

  • Social and Political Conflict

  • Moral Psychology

  • Meaning in Life

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