Social psychology

Social Program Graduate Students

Maho Aikawa


Faculty advisor: Andrew Stewart


Adriana Medina

B.A., Psychology, Florida International University, Miami, 2014

Faculty advisor: Nicole Overstreet

During her time at FIU, Adriana was an Undergraduate Research Assistant for Dr. Asia Eaton’s Power, Women, and Relationships lab where she focused on stereotypes about African American women as well as adolescent perceptions and stereotypes about intimate partner violence. As a McNair Scholar, she worked on independent research relating to the stereotypes of African American women in reality television and their possible relation to objectification and self-objectification. In her graduate studies, she is currently focused on the intersection on stereotypes about race and stereotypes about intimate partner violence (IPV) and their function in how others perceive victims of IPV.

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: Johanna Vollhardt

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: Andrew Stewart

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 2016/17