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Sarah Lamer

SARAH ARIEL LAMER

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Principal Investigator

Dr. Lamer earned her Ph.D. in Social, Affective, and Cognitive Psychology from the University of Denver.  Prior to that, she earned her B.A. in Psychology with a certificate in Public Policy and Community Action from Connecticut College. Her primary research interest is in examining the ways that social inequity develops and is maintained in sociocultural environments. Outside of research, she enjoys playing with her two cats, going on walks with her family, playing volleyball, and gardening. CV  Contact  Google Scholar ResearchGate  

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DARLA BONAGURA

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Doctoral Student

Darla is a third-year doctoral student who earned her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Critical Sexualities Studies from Rutgers University. She is interested in how stereotypes and cognitive biases influence prejudice and discrimination towards individuals based on their gender, race, and sexual orientation. She is particularly interested in how outgroup member’s perceptions of intermediate groups (bisexual/pansexual, transgender/non-binary, and biracial individuals) influences how they disclose their identities in different social contexts. Darla is also interested in interpersonal, legal, and health implications of prejudice towards LGBTQ+ people.  CV  Contact   Google Scholar

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GILLIAN PRESTON

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Doctoral Student

Gillian is a first year doctoral student with a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Tennessee Knoxville. She is interested in studying how children develop racial and gender stereotypes from their social environments and peers. Specifically, she is interested in applied and intervention-based work aimed to help reduce children’s development of harmful biases to foster better inter-group relations and life outcomes among individuals with marginalized identities. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking fun recipes, spending time with her cat, and discovering new music! CV  Contact

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HAYLEY SIMPSON

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Honors Thesis Student

Hayley is a fourth year undergraduate student majoring in psychology and minoring in leadership studies. She is interested in social psychology research, specifically the formation of attitudes towards conservation and environmental stewardship behaviors. In her free time, she loves hiking with friends, doing crossword puzzles, and practicing yoga.

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MYRSINE KOSTOULAS

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Research Assistant

Myrsine is a first-year undergraduate student majoring in Psychology. She is interested in various research aspects, including the exploration of the impact of stereotypes, and how speaking multiple languages affects how people communicate. In the future, she hopes to become a family therapist. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors with friends, trying new foods, and finding new musical artists.

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JULIA BOSS

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Research Assistant

Julia is a second year undergraduate student at UT majoring in psychology with a pre-medical focus. She is interested in research because she will be working one on one with people, so it is important to understand their behaviors and attitudes. After UT, she plans to attend medical school for oncology. In her free time, she likes to be outside with friends and family. 

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WILLEM TOUZEL

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Research Assistant

Willem is a fourth year undergraduate with a double major in Psychology and Sociology. They’re interested in research that relates to social identities and the way they play a role in the formation of self-image/mental health outcomes. Their immediate plan is to attend a graduate program on their way to being a therapist/counselor. In their free time they like to play video/tabletop games, chat with friends, and find new music.

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EMMANUEL BROCK

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Research Assistant

Emmanuel is a fourth year undergraduate student at UT majoring in Psychology. He is interested in how addiction affects relationships and mental health. He plans on becoming a Psychiatrist specializing in addiction. After graduating, he intends to go to medical school following a gap year to gain connections and additional experience. In his free time, he loves traveling and learning about advancements in psychiatric research.

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HOPE FISCHBACH

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Research Assistant

Hope is a senior undergraduate majoring in psychology with a sociology minor. She plans to earn a doctorate in psychology. Her primary research interest is the influence of maternal self-perception and personal goal-setting on those of her children. As she also holds a bachelor's degree in English and Spanish, Hope spends her free time reading, writing, and thinking about psychosocial themes in literature and poetry.

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BREANNA EDWARDS

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Research Assistant

Breanna is a fourth year undergraduate student majoring in Psychology with a minor in Pre-health. She is interested in learning about attachment styles, relationships, and how different mental illnesses affect relationships. She is currently unsure of her future plans, but is interested in either going to medical school or going to graduate school for Psychology. In her free time, Breanna loves volunteering at the animal shelter and cooking!

The Team.

The Alums.

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HALEY B. BECK, M.A.

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Program Manager, MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics (University of Chicago)

Former Master's Student

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LEE PRADELL

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PhD Student - Clinical/Counseling (University of Utah)

Fall 2020 - Present

Former Research Assistant

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CLAUDIA QUYNH LUU

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PhD Student - Social Psychology (University of Nevada - Las Vegas)

Fall 2024 - Present

Former Project Manager

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MIKE MAHANNA

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PsyD Student - Counseling (Pacific University)

Fall 2022 - Present

Former Honors Student

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HENALI PATEL

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Clinical Research Coordinator, KUR Research

M.A. Bioengineering & Entrepreneurship (New York University)

Fall 2021 - Spring 2023

Former Research Assistant

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BRYN BABBITT

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Program Evaluator, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Masters of Public Health (University of Toronto)

Fall 2021 - Spring 2023

Former Honors Student

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TAMIA EUGENE

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MA student - I/O Behavior (Western Kentucky University)

Fall 2022 - Present

Tennessee State University, Class of 2021

Former Research Assistant

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BETH WILSON

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DO Student - DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU) 

Fall 2023 - Present

Former Research Assistant

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JADE NOAH

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M.A. Counseling (University of South Dakota)
Fall 2021 - Spring 2023 

Former Research Assistant

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JESSICA WYSOR

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User Experience Designer (Emergo by UL)

Former Project Manager

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DANIELLE MASON

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Clinical Research Coordinator, Emory University

Former Research Assistant

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ASHLYN HAMMONDS

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MD Student - ETSU Quillen College of Medicine

Fall 2023 - Present

Former Research Assistant

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NATHANIEL STEKLER

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PhD Student - Human Development and Family Sciences (UConn)

Fall 2021 - Present

Former Research Assistant

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KAITLYN KILBURN

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MA Student - Industrial/Organizational Psychology (MTSU)

Fall 2024 - 

Former Research Assistant

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RACHEL GILLHOUSE

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MA Student - Industrial/Organizational Psychology (MTSU)

Fall 2024 - 

Former Research Assistant

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ABIGAIL MORGAN

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MA Student - Clinical Mental Health Counseling (ETSU)

Fall 2024 - 

Former Research Assistant

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SARAH LERNER

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MA Student - Clinical Social Work (Appalachian State University)

Fall 2024 - 

Former Research Assistant

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