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SARAH ARIEL LAMER

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.  CV  Contact  Google Scholar ResearchGate  

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HALEY B. BECK

Graduate Student

Haley is a second-year doctoral student. They earned their B.S. in Psychology with a Sociology minor from Samford University and completed the Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) at University of Alabama - Birmingham. Haley is interested in understanding how sociocultural environments transmit stereotypes about social identities, especially race, gender, and sexual orientation. Currently, they study the mechanisms through which popular media transmit stereotypes about Native American identity. Haley also employs an intersectional perspective to study how racialized gender stereotypes are communicated to children and adults. When Haley is not doing research, they enjoy traveling, making dream catchers, walking in nature, and playing with their cat children.  CV  Contact

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DARLA BONAGURA

Graduate Student

Darla is a first-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

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LIZ BARRON

Graduate Student

Liz is a first-year doctoral student who earned her B.S. in Psychology with a Women’s Studies minor from Florida State University. She takes an intersectional feminist approach to research, aiming to identify various cultural and psychological mechanisms which preserve social inequity. Broadly, she is interested in investigating how popular media (e.g., TV, movies, news, social media, videogames) and sociocultural environments inform and bias cognitions and perceptions regarding gender, race, and sexual orientation. In her free time, Liz enjoys practicing yoga, cooking, baking, reading, and being outdoors.  CV  Contact

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JESSICA WYSOR

Post-Bacc Research Assistant/Project Manager

Jessica recently graduated from UT with dual degrees in Psychology and Advertising. As a psychology and advertising student, she is interested in psychology research because she wants to understand the role of the media in influencing people’s behavior and stereotypes. In her free time, she enjoys creating art and traveling.

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JACOB LOVIN

Post-Bacc Research Assistant/Project Manager

Jacob recently graduated from UT with a BA in Psychology.  He first got interested in psychology research because he wanted to understand why people feel the way they do about certain groups of people, and specifically what can cause people to exhibit intergroup hostility.  In his free time, he participates in Mock Trial, explores new music, and reads. 

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CLAUDIA LUU

Post-Bacc Research Assistant/Project Manager

Claudia recently graduated from UT with a major in Psychology. She became interested in psychology research because she wanted to explore and understand gender dynamics in gaming culture. In her free time, she enjoys baking desserts not offered in Knoxville, playing board/video games, and going on adventures with her friends.

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TANNER LAPERE

Research Assistant

Tanner is in his fourth year at UT and started to favor psychological explanations for social and interpersonal phenomena. He thought that the opportunity to be involved with this lab would be a fascinating hands on experience, eventually leading to developing explanations and answer questions of his own.  Outside of school, he enjoys gardening, knitting, hiking, and being outdoors.

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ASHLYN HAMMONDS

Research Assistant

Ashlyn is in her fourth year at UT majoring in neuroscience with a biological sciences concentration. She became interested in psychology research and wants to learn more about social perceptions and how these can be skewed based on media consumption. In her free time, she enjoys reading, listening to music, and hanging out with her friends.

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DANIELLE MASON

Research Assistant

Danielle is a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in psychology. She is interested in psychology research because she believes it is important to understand people and the way various encounters and messages affect them. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her dogs, get dinner with friends, and listen to her favorite music. 

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GILLIAN PRESTON

Research Assistant

Gillian is a fourth-year psychology undergraduate student at UT! She is interested in research because she wants to better understand the impact of technology on social behavior and cognition within children and adults. In her free time she enjoys watching crime documentaries, spending time with her cats, and going on nature walks!

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Tamia Eugene

Research Assistant

Tamia is currently in her last semester at TSU studying Psychology. She is an active member of the student organizations Phi Eta Sigma, Psi Chi, and is coordinator of TSU’s psychology tutoring program. When Tamia is not busy with school and other activities, she enjoys organizing anything from cabinets to closets, talking with her siblings, and chasing after her puppy Athena. She also enjoys listening to music and having movie days. Tamia love love loves rainy days. Tamia’s career goals include obtaining a master’s degree in either quantitative psychology or I/O psychology then proceeding from there.

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ANNA KLAES

Research Assistant

Anna is a second-year undergraduate student at UT majoring in Psychology and minoring in Sociology and Hispanic Studies. She is interested in Social Psychology research because she enjoys the perspective that social perception and cognition adds to the broader understanding of human behavior. She is passionate about understanding social inequalities and wants to use her work to serve underprivileged populations. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, being outdoors, cooking, and spending time with her friends and family.

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Alex Marlow

Research Assistant

Alex Marlow is a student in his third year at UT currently studying Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience. He is dedicated to the field of Social Psychology, and nothing interests him more than learning about why people do what they do on a day-to-day basis! In his personal time, he likes to read and listen to podcasts that give him a new perspective on things, listen to hip-hop and R&B type music, and brush up on his Japanese.

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Brooke Szurpicki

Research Assistant

Brooke is a fourth-year undergraduate majoring in psychology. She is interested in research because she is fascinated by human behavior and enjoys learning about social perception. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, cooking, studying herbal medicine, and spending time with her pets and friends.

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Claire Herrington

Research Assistant

Claire is a third-year undergraduate student majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Hispanic Studies. She hopes to learn more about the impact of psychology on real-life scenarios and power dynamics in order to develop critical thinking skills and apply this knowledge to social change. In her free time, Claire loves reading and watching movies with friends.

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Samantha Strandberg

Research Assistant

Samantha is a third-year undergraduate student majoring in psychology with a minor in neuroscience. She became interested in psychological research and is currently interested in understanding the development of stereotypes upon those in the intellectual and developmental (IDD) community. She eventually hopes to become an occupational therapist and conduct research regarding various therapy modalities. Outside of Samantha's studies, she enjoys hiking, painting, and spending time with her family and friends. 

The Team.

The Alums.

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HAY PRADELL

PhD Student - Clinical/Counseling (University of Utah)

Former Research Assistant

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BRYN BABBITT

MA Student - Public Health (University of Toronto)

Former Research Assistant

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JADE NOAH

MA Student - Counseling (University of South Dakota)

Former Research Assistant

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HENALI PATEL

MA Student - Bioengineering & Entrepreneurship (New York University ) Former Research Assistant

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MIKE MAHANNA

PsyD Student - Counseling (Pacific University)

Former Research Assistant

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BETH WILSON

Prospective Med School Student

Former Research Assistant

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NATHANIEL STEKLER

PhD Student - Human Development and Family Sciences (UConn)

Former Research Assistant