My research interests are broadly focused on groups and threat. Specifically, I am interested in the mechanisms of group membership, intergroup relations, and the origin and influence of perceived threats to the self and the group. I examine individuals’ perceptions of outgroup members, such as immigrants, and the extent to which those perceptions can be attributed to individual versus situational differences. My goal is to develop intervention strategies to alleviate some of the contention surrounding the attitudes and proposed policies involving these outgroup members. Additionally, I am interested in exploring situational factors that are responsible for the activation of threat in various contexts and in developing strategies to reduce or eliminate the consequences of such threat.
BA, California State University Fullerton (Radio-TV-Film, Communications)
MA, University of California Santa Barbara (Psychological & Brain Sciences)