Kristin Pauker, Ph.D. [Email] [CV]

Kristin Pauker is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Hawaii and director of the ISP lab. She received her A.B. from Dartmouth College (2002), Ph.D. from Tufts University (2009), and completed postdoctoral study at Stanford University. Originally born and raised in Hawaii—a drastically different environment than either Hanover, NH (Dartmouth) or Medford, MA (Tufts)—she became fascinated with exploring how a person’s immediate environment and culturally-shaped theories about race impact basic social perception, social interactions, and stereotyping in childhood and throughout development. Her research spans both Social and Developmental Psychology and has been featured in journals including Science, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and Developmental Psychology. She has been the recipient of several awards, including a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, a Dissertation Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, a Board of Regents' Medal for Excellence in Research, and a Board of Regents' Medal for Excellence in Teaching. Her work has been supported by a R00 Pathway to Independence Award from NICHD, NSF, and is currently supported by a collaborative NSF grant. Dr. Pauker enjoys hiking, surfing, and exploring Oahu with her husband Jeff, son Sebastian, and her dog, Mochi.

Postdoctoral Scholar


Elizabeth Brey, Ph.D. [Email] [CV]

Elizabeth Brey is a postdoctoral fellow working with Dr. Kristin Pauker. She received a PhD in psychology from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research focuses on the causes and consequences of children’s group-level biases. How do young children learn stereotypes about different groups despite living in egalitarian communities? How do children’s group-level stereotypes affect negatively stereotyped children? Her research in graduate school focused on different kinds of information that children use when evaluating individuals. For example, she tested children’s attention to wealth cues (e.g., clothing and possessions), and examined the judgments children make about individuals that differ in wealth. She has also conducted studies on children’s ability to use nonverbal information to make judgments about others. As a postdoc, she plans to build on this work by looking at how children use nonverbal information to make group level judgments about other children.


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Chanel Meyers, M.A. [Email] [WEBSITE]

Chanel Meyers is a graduate student working under Dr. Kristin Pauker. Born and raised in Hawaii, she comes back home to UH Mānoa after graduating from Western Oregon University. Her research interests are broadly in race perception and cultural psychology. Specifically, multiracial group members and issues that pertain to this population, including, but not limited to: well-being and inter/intra-group relations, self-identity, and perception. She is also interested in how environment and culture interact within these issues in all populations.


Shahana Ansari [Email] [CV]

Shahana Ansari received a B.A. in psychology from the University of Tampa and an M.A. in Children, Youth and International Development from Brunel University. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Social Psychology under Dr. Kristin Pauker. Her research interests center around the role of racial ambiguity in the development of racial categorizations, stereotyping, and prejudice. More specifically, she examines racial and ethnic identity choices of mixed race individuals as well as the effects of exposure to racial ambiguity on conceptions of race. She is passionate about identifying and mitigating the negative downstream consequences of these effects, particularly in academic contexts.


Christine Tai [Email] [CV]

Born and raised in Taiwan, Christine Tai moved to the United States for the first time to attend college at New York University, where she received a B.A. in Psychology. Her interest in the development of stereotyping and prejudice led her to continue pursuing developmental research as a graduate student under Dr. Kristin Pauker. Currently, she is interested in stereotypes and attitudes toward foreign-accented individuals. She also hopes to apply her research cross-culturally, in observing the role the environment plays in shaping stereotyping and prejudice.



Jeffrey Chung

Jeff was born in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, but raised in Hawaii.  He is a recent graduate from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa.  After 18 years in the life safety / electrical contracting industry, Jeff returned to school to pursue his interests in psychology, education, and social work.  He is also an avid Rush fan, photographer and likes cats.


Brittany Daniels

Brittany is a recent graduate at the University of Hawai’i with her Bachelor’s degree in psychology. She was born in North Carolina and raised in Pearl City, Hawai’i. Brittany is currently a graduate student pursuing a Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology. Her current interests include human sexuality and criminal justice. Brittany is volunteering in the lab as a research assistant to gain experience and become well-rounded in the field.


Maria Garay

Maria is a local to the island of Oahu and is an undergraduate at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Her heritage can be traced back to North Korea and Ukraine, which inspired her to pick up interest in social psychology relating to race. As a hapa/multiracial, she hopes to develop a deeper interpersonal and intrapersonal understanding of multiracial individuals. Her interest consists of reading Asian American literature and her future goal is to continue her studies at a graduate level.

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Kelia Kame‘enui-Becker

Born and raised on the island of O’ahu, Kelia is a graduate of the Kamehameha Schools and a sophomore at U.H. Mānoa. She is currently pursuing a B.A. in Psychology, and speaks ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi fluently. Her interests include promoting mental and emotional wellness and working with children of all ages. She hopes to eventually obtain a master’s degree in either Counseling Psychology or Elementary School Education.


Angelica Leon

Angelica recently moved from New York City to Honolulu, Hawaii! She joined the lab as a research assistant to gain additional hands-on experience in social psychology.  Angelica graduated a few years ago with a BA in Psychology, and is especially excited to work with a lab that focuses on social perceptions and intergroup relations. She plans to apply to graduate school for Fall 2018.

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Marina Matsui

Born and raised in Oahu, Marina is "nikkei-gosei," meaning she is full Japanese fifth-generation. She is bilingual and uses her Japanese speaking ability by interning for John A Burns School of Medicine SimTiki Research Lab which involves a lot of translating materials into Japanese. She is a Senior pursuing a B.S. in Psychology and is interested in neuroscience. She hopes to go to graduate school, and become a clinical neuropsychologist and open up her own practice on the island.


Leah Morse

Leah is a graduate of Wellesley College and is currently a Post-Baccalaureate student at UH Manoa. After working a variety of jobs, mostly in the education field, Leah is excited to be changing careers, and by taking psychology classes at UH, hopes to one day become a psychologist. When not studying the complexities of the human mind, Leah has a number of hobbies, including playing the violin and cello in amateur chamber music groups.


Kaitlin Siegfried

Kaitlyn is a senior at the University of Hawaii and working towards her B.A. in Psychology. After graduating she plans to pursue a Masters degree in Developmental Psychology. Kaitlyn's  interests in social psychology and abnormal psychology drew her to the ISP lab. In her free time she likes to hike with her girlfriend Shelby and their two pups, Nalu and Falcore.


Deja Thomas

Born and raised in Mānoa Valley, Deja is a senior at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa pursuing a B.A. in Psychology. Her interest in racial perception, self-identity, multiracial studies stems from her experiences as a multiracial individual. She hopes to gain deeper insight into racial perception at the ISP Lab, as well as gain invaluable research experience.  Her other academic interests include criminology, victimization, human behavior, and decision making. She’s currently volunteering as a crisis counselor with CTL and works as a student assistant in the office of the Dean of Social Sciences. In the future, she hopes to work toward a Masters in Forensic Psychology. In her free time, she enjoys going to the beach with friends, snorkeling, playing volleyball, and finding good places to eat.

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Chanel Alexander

Chanel was born on the island of Oahu and raised in the small town of Kailua. She is currently an undergraduate senior pursuing a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Biology. She hopes to pursue a career in adolescent psychiatry or clinical psychology. Her current research interest is in how children perceive implicit actions.

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Rochelle Coloma

Rochelle is currently a Senior at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa working towards a B.S. in Psychology. She was born and raised in the island of Maui and came to Oahu to further her education and attend college. In the future, Rochelle hopes to pursue a Master’s Degree of Physician Assistant Studies and specialize in either pediatrics or psychology. She is also involved in organizations such as PSI CHI International Honor Society, PSI Sigma, and Pre-Med Association. During her spare time she enjoys hiking, traveling, and attending basketball/football games with friends.

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Jasmine Lwin

Born and raised on the island of Oʻahu, Jasmine graduated from Punahou School and is currently a junior at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She is pursuing a B.A. in psychology and aspires to further her education by obtaining a PhD in social or developmental psychology. Her research interests encompass biracial identity development and interracial relationships. In her free time, Jasmine loves to go to the beach, play with dogs, hang out with her friends, go on hikes, and travel.



Kayla Uyeda

Kayla was a RA in the ISP lab from 2016-2017. She is currently studying for her Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology for School Counseling at Chaminade University.

Kayla Uyeda

Kayla was a RA in the ISP lab from 2016-2017. She is currently studying for her Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology for School Counseling at Chaminade University.

Sakaria "Sai" Auelua-Toomey

Sai was an honors student in the ISP lab from 2015-16. Sai was recently selected as a 2017 Luce Scholar.

Nicolyn Charlot

Nicolyn was an honors student in the ISP lab from 2014-15, and won an Honors Thesis Prize. Nicolyn is currently a M.A. student at the University of Western Ontario.

Adrienne Chong [Email]

Adrienne Chong was the lab manager for the ISP lab from 2014-15. Adrienne is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Victoria Floerke [Email]

Victoria Floerke was the lab manager for the ISP lab from 2012-13. She is now a graduate student at Tufts University in Boston.

Jamie Tagomori

Jamie was a RA in the ISP lab from 2013-15. Jamie is currently a Ed.S. student at Chapman University.

Kesha Unciano

Kesha was a RA in the ISP lab from 2014-15. Kesha received her M.A. in Communicology in 2017 from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Ashley Morris Biddle, Ph.D. [Email]

Ashley Morris received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology working in the ISP Lab. She has a B.A. from Wellesley College and an M.A. from UH Mānoa. Her research focuses on social-cognitive development of preschool-aged children. Specifically, she is interested in how children learn to seek information from the world around them (e.g., parents, peers, media). She has worked on projects about parent-child conversations about autobiographical memory, early development of infants at risk for developing autism, and Native Hawaiian parental beliefs about young children's learning. Her future research plans include looking at how parent-child conversations may work together with media to encourage children to engage in science topics. For more information, please click here.

Cara Bellwood, Ph.D. [Email]

Cara Bellwood received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology in 2017. She received a B.A. in Psychology from Whitworth University and M.S. in Psychology from the University of Oregon. Generally, she is interested in how attending college affects the developmental stage of emerging adulthood.

Heather Zezeck, M.A. [Email]

Heather Zezeck received her M.A. in 2017. Heather examines social influences on educational achievement with two specific interests: the relationship between sense of belonging and college retention and the impact of psychological stressors on the predictive validity of standardized tests.

Megan Carpenter, Ph.D. [Email] [Website]

Megan Carpenter graduated with her Ph.D. from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa Social Psychology Program in 2015, and served as a research coordinator with the ISP Lab from 2014-15. Megan’s research interests center around interpersonal relationships, attraction, and perceptions of gender norms. Megan is currently an assistant professor at St. Lawrence University.

Colleen Carpinella, Ph.D.[Email]

Colleen M. Carpinella was a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Intergroup Social Perception Lab from 2014-15. Broadly, she is interested in how intersecting social identities (e.g. race and gender, gender and partisanship) bias person perception.  Colleen is now a Manager of Health Outcomes Research at Kantar Health.

Amanda Williams, Ph.D. [Email]

Amanda Williams was a Postdoctoral Researcher in the ISP Lab from 2013-14. To date her research has focused on (1) the development of (implicit) social cognition and (2) visual attention during person perception. Amanda is currently a Lecturer in Psychology in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Bristol. For more information please click here

Ph.D. Students and Undergraduates

We are looking for highly motivated Ph.D. and undergraduate students to get involved in the lab. Dr. Pauker will be considering graduate student applications for the upcoming year.  If you are a UH undergraduate student or a college student home for the summer interested in working in our lab as a research assistant, please e-mail us.