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)

Assistant Professor, Brigham Young University-Hawaii


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)


Assistant Professor, American University of Paris
Dr. Dege's 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)

Associate 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)

Assistant Professor, Rhode Island College
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)

Associate Professor of Psychology, Metropolitan State University
Internet Editor for the Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence (APA Div 48)

Lucas B. Mazur, Ph.D. 2015

Dissertation: Polish-Ukranian Relations in the Shadow of Soviet Victimization: The Role of Similarity Judgements and Acknowledgement of Victimhood (Advisor: Johanna Vollhardt)

Visting Professor, Sigmund Freud University, Berlin, Germany, Dr. Mazur's website

Rashmi Nair, Ph.D. 2016

Dissertation: Minority-Minority Relations: An Intersectional Investigation of Dalit-Muslim Relations in India (Advisor: Johanna Vollhardt)

SPSSI James Marshall Public Policy Fellow, Washington, DC, 2016-2017, Dr. Nair's SPSSI profile

Maggie Campbell Obaid, Ph.D. 2015

Dissertation: The complex role of religious beliefs in supporting peaceful or violent policies: A multi-method study in the U.S. Christian context (Advisor: Johanna Vollhardt)

Assistant Professor, Framingham State University

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)

Senior Legislative and Federal Affairs Officer, American Psychological Association