Social psychology

Social Program Graduate Students


Justin Laplante

M.A., Psychology, University of West Georgia, 2012; B.A., Psychology, Muhlenberg College, 2009.

Faculty advisor: James Córdova (clinical program faculty)

Justin is a doctoral student in the developmental psychology program at Clark, with interests in both social and developmental psychology. His main research focus is on moral and religious identity development in different religious traditions and denominations, from both a quantitative and qualitative approach. His current project involves data from the Measuring Morality survey, specifically investigating the ways in which ethical values differ by culture and across the lifespan.

Lucas B. Mazur

M.A., Psychology, New School for Social Research; M.A. Sociology, Jagiellonian University (Poland); B.A., Philosophy/Religious Studies, University of Pittsburgh.

Faculty advisor: Johanna Ray Vollhardt

Lucas is interested in victim consciousness and the dynamics of social conflict between ethnic, national and religious groups. His research aims to explain variations in the degree to which prosocial attitudes and behaviors arise between victimized groups that acknowledge similarities within the shared category of “victimized peoples.” He is also working on perceptions of victim prototypicality as well as stereotype transformation over the course of sustained collective violence and genocide.

Adriana Medina

Faculty advisor: Nicole Overstreet

Rashmi Nair

M.Sc., Clinical Psychology, Christ College (India), 2007; B.A., Psychology, English Literature, and Journalism, Bangalore University (India), 2005.

Faculty advisor: Johanna Ray Vollhardt

Rashmi’s research employs both qualitative and quantitative methods to highlight several issues related to the social psychology of members from disadvantaged minorities. Her past projects have examined topics including the different perceptions of collective victimization among members of disadvantaged groups and how these shape their relations with other groups. Her doctoral work examines relations between the Dalits (so-called “lower” castes; formerly known as "untouchables") and Muslims in India. Specifically, she employs an intersectional framework to get a nuanced understanding of the social psychological and structural factors that can explain tensions between these disadvantaged communities as well as those that can help bring them closer.

Mukadder Okuyan

M.A., Psychology, New School for Social Research, 2014; M.Sc., Social Psychology, Middle East Technical University, 2012; B.A., Psychology, Middle East Technical University, 2010.

Faculty advisor: Nicola Curtin

Mukadder is mainly interested in processes of social identification as they relate to political activism. Her particular interest is in the formation of political identity and practice among feminist women who originate from a diversity of religious, communal and generational experiences.

Julia Tran

B.A., Psychology, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2012.

Faculty advisor: Nicola Curtin

Broadly speaking, Julia’s research interests include the psychology of activism, feminist psychology, and intergroup relations. She is currently interested in examining factors that predict activism for 1st, 1.5, and 2nd generation Asian Americans.

Michelle Twali

M.Sc., Psychology, University of Utah, 2013; B.A., Psychology and Political Science, University of Ghana, 2008.

Faculty advisor: Johanna Vollhardt

Michelle is generally interested in politically-motivated intergroup conflict and violence. She is currently working on a project examining the social psychological processes of acknowledging past mass atrocities.

Visiting Students in 2015/16