Katlin is a graduate student in the Emotion and Relationships Lab under Dr. Tammy English. She received her B.S. in Biological Sciences and Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University. Her research examines the application of emotion regulation strategies across various social contexts and relationships. Specifically, she is interested in examining how age and culture influence the expression of nonverbal behavior when employing different regulation strategies.
I am a doctoral candidate in the Attitude and Decision Making Lab (ADM), under the direction of Dr. Alan Lambert. Broadly speaking, I am interested in the affective and compensatory dynamics surrounding different types of threat. Our lab finds that most types of threat involve an automatic (affective) and controlled (compensatory) set of processes when dealing with a threatening situation. Most recently, I have begun a systematic study of the compensatory dynamics revolving around the thought of one’s own mortality, including, but not limited to, the use of religion. I am also interested in the consequences of these compensatory mechanisms, and how their utilization carries forth changes in a person’s political and religious leanings.
Research SpecializationSocial and PersonalityResearch InterestsLameese is a graduate student working in the Emotion and Relationships Lab under Dr. Tammy English. She received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. She is interested in understanding why people use different emotion regulation strategies, specifically by examining the goals they have. She is also interested in the social and health outcomes associated with the use of different strategies.
Research InterestsI am a graduate student in Dr. Alan Lambert’s Attitude and Social Cognition Lab. I received a BS in psychology from the University of Florida in 2012, and an MA in psychology from Wake Forest University in 2015. My research interests include political attitudes and decision-making, as well as affective responses to outgroup members (i.e. experiences of empathy, attributions of blame, and perception of personhood).
Alexa Lord received her B.A. in psychology and political science from the University of Michigan in 2011. She entered graduate school in 2011 and is currently a student in Dr. Strube’s Social Behavior Lab. Her research interests include compassionate and egoistic goals, fixed and growth mindsets, contingencies of self-worth, self-affirmation, self-compassion, and self-knowledge. Her current work examines self-affirmation and coping as well as how to improve self-knowledge. The overall goal of Alexa’s research is to understand how self-perceptions and coping with threats to these perceptions influence people’s behavior, goals, and relationships.
Anissa Mike entered into Josh Jackson’s lab in August 2013. She primarily studies personality structure and development. Specific questions include: what facets best fit under each Big Five trait? What experiences influence how personality develops? Can personality be changed intentionally through interventions?
My research interests include the self and identity, self-processes, individual differences, psychological well-being, social contexts and culture, and person-environment fit. Specifically, I am interested in how other people and the larger sociological elements (e.g., family, social groups, culture) affect the individual, self-processes (e.g., identity formation, self-perception), and mental health. Currently, I am examining how the fit between an individual’s values and the perceived values that are upheld in society relates to an individual’s psychological health.
As a part of the Attitude and Decision Making Lab, under the direction of Dr. Alan Lambert, I organize research projects about a number of topics. Most recently, I have been working on a paradigm on the role of religion and insight-related cognitive buffering mechanisms in the coping process after experiencing a death-related threat. In addition, my work includes the study of concepts one may hold about God or a "higher power." My final track of research involves the transfer of guilt from person to person due to affiliation (national, familial, or other group domain).
Leah is a graduate student in the Personality Measurement and Development lab, led by Dr. Joshua Jackson. She studies the development of individual differences such as personality traits and vocational interests across the lifespan. She is particularly interested in how we navigate these differences in our daily lives, how we may select into the environments that fit us best, and what implications better person-environment fit may have for a variety of life outcomes.
Research InterestsSara Weston is a graduate student in the Personality Measurement and Development Lab, run by Dr. Joshua Jackson. She studies the relationship between personality and health. Her research has shown that personality traits can serve as risk factors for developing chronic disease, and that traits may predict behavioral response to health problems. She is currently interested in studying the short- and long-term behavioral responses to health events. Her other research interests include the circumstances under which trait anxiety can be adaptive and individual differences in everyday behavior, such as language use.