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, and a Board of Regents' Medal for Excellence in Research. Her work has been supported by a R00 Pathway to Independence Award from NICHD and a NSF grant. Dr. Pauker enjoys hiking, surfing, and exploring Oahu with her husband Jeff, son Sebastian, and her dog, Mochi.
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.
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.
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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.
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Gerardo Avila, Jr.
Gerardo is currently a senior at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa and is pursuing a B.A. in Psychology. He was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He enjoys volunteering in the community and is the director of community service events for Psi Sigma and a community service officer for the UH Mānoa Psi Chi Chapter. After graduating in the spring of 2017, he will pursue a Ph.D. in Social Psychology since he would like to conduct research in that field. He is interested in the role that race plays in the development of goals, attitudes, and self-identity.
Jaz was born and raised on Oahu, and graduated from James Campbell High School in 2013. She is currently a senior pursuing a B.A. in psychology. She has a passion for helping out children who come from broken homes and US veterans. During her free time, she likes to try new restaurants to eat at and watch movies. She loves dogs and has 2 pet dogs of her own but unfortunately she's allergic to them.
Born and raised in Northern California Taryn moved to Oahu to attend the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. Taryn previously worked with children at a Crisis Center for children in need and also the John Muir Behavioral Health Center in California. As a Senior pursuing a B.A in Psychology, Taryn looks forward to assisting in research and reconnecting with children by working in the ISP Lab.
Jeff was born in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, but raised in Hawaii. He graduated from ‘Iolani School and is currently a senior at 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 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 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.
Paul is a senior at the University of Hawaii and is currently working towards a major in psychology and a minor in philosophy. While originally from North Carolina, he has spent a significant amount of time in other locations, including his high school years in Germany. After graduating from there, Paul then spent four years in the U.S. Navy to help him pay for his college education. After his service, he then moved to Hawaii and attained an associate’s degree from Kapiʻolani Community College and has since transferred to UH Mānoa to work towards a bachelor’s degree. After graduating in the spring, he plans to pursue a PhD to become a clinical psychologist but has not yet decided where or what specialized program to focus on. By spending the next two semesters in the ISP Lab, he hopes to find what he wants to pursue and make his decision to plan a future career path.
Renae comes from a background in anthropology, biology, and math teaching. She is contributing in the ISP lab to gain valuable research experience while she works toward graduate school in clinical psychology. Her broad interests include women's studies, gender, sexuality, LGBTQ, and family systems.
Born in 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 Junior majoring in Biology and is interested in neuroscience.
Zedrick was born and raised in the small town of Hilo in Hawai’i, and graduated from Waiakea High School. He is currently an undergraduate at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa and is working towards a B.A. in Psychology. In addition, he is one of the executive officers within the psychology club called Psi Sigma. His interests within the psychology field are the social and behavioral branches of psychology. He expects to graduate in the Spring of 2019. In the future, he plans to go to graduate school pursue a M.A. in social psychology as well. In his free time, he enjoys working out, hiking, and eating out with his friends.
Leeyannah Armaine Santos
Although she was born in Hawaii, Leeyannah's first language is Tagalog and started learning English in school. Leeyannah is currently a sophomore at UH Manoa. She is pursuing a B.S. in Psychology and also plans to minor in Anthropology. She plans to go to medical school and after that, do a specialization in Forensics to become a Forensic Psychiatrist. Her interests in psychology are cognitive, abnormal, and psychopathology.
Kayla is currently a Junior at University of Hawaii at Manoa and is pursuing her B.A in Psychology. After graduation, she hopes to pursue her Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology. She is currently interested in child welfare, mental illness, and cultural diversity specifically here in Hawaii. Aside from being a community service officer for the UH Manoa Psi Chi Chapter and working as a crisis counselor, she enjoys reading thriller novels, spending time with her pets, and finding new places to eat. She is expected to graduate in Spring 2017.
John was born in China but raised in Hawaii and graduated from Moanalua High School. He is a senior at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and majoring in Psychology. John is interested in working abroad as a trauma crisis counselor. He is interested in cultural diversity and mental illness. In his free time John enjoys bodyboarding, hiking, and watching movies.
ISP LAB ALUMNI
Sakaria "Sai" Auelua-Toomey
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.
Jamie was a RA in the ISP lab from 2013-15. Jamie is currently a Ed.S. student at Chapman University.
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 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 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 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 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 a Visiting Assistant Professor in the University of Puget Sound’s Psychology Department.
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 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.