Social psychology

Recent Social Program Alumni

Cristina Andriani, Ph.D. 2013

Cristina Andriani

Dissertation: Swords or Plowshares? Holocaust Collective Memories and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict (Advisors: Jaan Valsiner and Thomas Kuehne, Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies)

Clinician, Devereux (nonprofit behavioral health organization that supports underserved and vulnerable community members)
Dr. Andriani's Personal website

Zack Beckstead, Ph.D. 2011

Zack Beckstead

Dissertation: Human Lives in Movement: Culture as a Tool for Adaptation (Advisor: Jaan Valsiner)

Visiting Assistant Professor, Grand Valley State University

Sandina Begic, Ph.D. 2013

Sandina Begic

Dissertation: 'Nothing is Left of Yesterday and Tomorrow is Far Away': An Inquiry Into the Experience of Homelessness in One's Culture (Advisor: Jaan Valsiner)

Research Associate, Boise State University
Co-Principal Investigator, Evaluation of the Idaho Maternal, Infant, Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program

Martin Dege, Ph.D. 2013

Martin Dege

Dissertation: Subjectivity and Democracy in Action Research: The Emergence of Participatory Networks (Advisor: Jaan Valsiner)

Postdoctoral Fellow, Sociology Department, Hamburg University
Fellow, Fritz Thyssen Foundation
Visiting Fellow, Yale University
Dr. Dege's Personal website

Rainer Diriwächter, Ph.D. 2005

Rainer Diriwächter

Dissertation: Ganzheit & Feelings: An Investigation into the Process of Psychological Syntheses (Advisor: Jaan Valsiner)

Associate Professor, California Lutheran University
Dr. Diriwächter's Personal website

Craig Gruber, Ph.D. 2012

Craig Gruber

Dissertation: The Construction of Courage in Educational Settings (Advisor: Jaan Valsiner)

Senior Fellow in Homeland Security, Northeastern University
Dr. Gruber's Personal website

Nikita Kharlamov, Ph.D. 2013

Nikita Kharlamov

Dissertation: Modeling Sense of Place: Emergence of Meaningful Places in Encountering Environments (Advisor: Jaan Valsiner)

Assistant Professor, Aalborg University, Denmark
Dr. Kharlamov's Personal website

Katherine Lacasse, Ph.D. 2013

Katherine Lacasse

Dissertation: Transforming Political Attitudes toward Climate Change with Simple Behavior Change (Advisor: Joseph de Rivera)

Visiting Assistant Professor, Clark University
Division 48 (Peace Psychology) program chair for APA Convention, 2013/14
Dr. Lacasse's Personal website

Caitlin Mahoney, Ph.D. 2008

Caitlin Mahoney

Dissertation: "Transcending the Limits of Compassion: The Influence of Joy on Reactions to the Suffering of Distant Others" (Advisor: Joseph de Rivera)

Assistant Professor of Psychology, Metropolitan State University
Program Evaluator, Raphael Lemkin Seminar for Genocide Prevention, Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation
Dr. Mahoney's Personal website

Rebekah Phillips de Zalia, Ph.D. 2008

Rebekah Phillips de Zalia

Dissertation: Social Representations in the Narratives of Rwandan Genocide Survivors (Advisor: Joseph de Rivera)

Instructor, Coastal Carolina Community College
President-elect designate, Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence (APA Division 48)

Gabe Twose, Ph.D. 2012

Gabriel Twose

Dissertation: Healing or opening wounds of the past? Perceptions of the Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission (Advisor: Joseph de Rivera)

Policy Director, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
Dr. Twose's Personal Website