LAB DIRECTOR


KRISTIN PAUKER, PH.D. [EMAIL] [CV]

Kristin Pauker is a 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, 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 and multiple NSF grants. Dr. Pauker enjoys hiking, surfing, and exploring Oahu with her husband Jeff, son Sebastian, and her dog, Mochi.

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GRADUATE STUDENTS


CAROLINE ADOLFSSON [EMAIL]

Caroline Adolfsson received her B.A. in Psychology from Marist College. She holds two master’s degrees: an M.S. in Psychology from Lund University and an M.A. in International Migration and Ethnic Relations (IMER) from Malmö University. Currently, she is completing her Ph.D. at Malmö University in IMER. Her doctoral thesis focuses on exploring the intersection of social psychological theories of group formation and belongingness with ethnic identity. She has a particular interest in critical whiteness studies and how reluctance to acknowledge race can implicitly contribute to the establishment of racial boundaries in specific contexts.

SALENA DIAZ [EMAIL]

Salena Diaz received her B.A. in Psychology from Wilkes University and her M.A. in Experimental Psychology from Radford University. Currently she is pursuing her Ph.D. in Social Psychology under Dr. Kristin Pauker. She is generally interested in studying diversity and intersectionality, but more specifically seeks to study the experiences of multiracial and racially ambiguous individuals. Additionally, she is interested in how media and popular culture influence racial identity and the perceptions of various gender, racial, and ethnic groups.

SHAN GAO [EMAIL]

Shan Gao received her B.A. in Psychology and Chinese Literature from The Ohio State University and her M.A. in Psychology from New York University. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Social Psychology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Under the guidance of Dr. Kristin Pauker, Shan is exploring the impact of media on the development of implicit biases in young children. Additionally, she is interested in studying how various cues trigger stereotypes associated with different social groups. Outside the lab, Shan loves hiking, reading, and hopes to learn diving.

SNOW (YANRAN) LIN [EMAIL]

Snow Lin received her B.S. in Cognitive Psychology from University of California, San Diego, and completed a Post-Bac program at UC Berkeley. Currently working with Dr. Kristin Pauker and Dr. Joni Sasaki, she is a graduate student in Social Psychology at UH, Mānoa. Snow is broadly interested in the interactions between culture, language, emotion and the self. More specifically, Snow is passionate about exploring how multicultural and multi-/bi-lingual backgrounds and experiences impact individuals’ sense of self and emotion well-being. Additionally, she is interested in how media representation of different gender, racial/ethnic groups impacts empathy


RESEARCH ASSISTANTS


AVIA BOUANI

Avia was born in Atlanta and raised in the Bay Area. She is currently pursuing a B.A. in psychology, and plans to obtain her masters degree afterwards. She wishes to focus on social psychology, as well as industrial-organizational psychology in her future. Avia is interested in how social influences change human behavior. Outside of the lab, Avia enjoys reading, beach trips, and practicing yoga.

WINONA ALCALDE

Winona was born in Washington D.C and has lived in Philadelphia, PA, but she considers Atlanta, GA as home. She is currently pursuing a BA in Psychology with a minor in German. She hopes to continue researching children’s understanding of and relationship to race and develop better emotional regulation therapy for students. Additionally, she will continue to advocate for more racially inclusive treatment for mental health. Outside of the lab, Winona enjoys training for Muay Thai, reading at the beach and volunteering for the Mālama I Nā Ahupuaʻa (MINA) program.

ABIGAIL CUMMINGS

Abigail was born and raised in Ventura County California and is currently a junior at UH Manoa. She is studying to get her B.A. in Psychology and is minoring in Women, Gender, and Sexuality studies. She looks forward to continuing her education into graduate school and eventually receive her PhD in psychology, where she hopes to work with children. Outside of her academic interests, Abigail enjoys reading, spending time with family, and going to the beach.  

EMMA DONALDSON

Emma was born and raised in Katy, Texas. She is currently a sophomore pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Business Administration. She is intrigued by the impact of perception in everyday life and the implementation of improvement plans for workplace environments. Understanding the damaging outcomes due to social perceptions has always been essential to Emma, and she strives to create a comfortable environment anywhere she goes! Emma enjoys pokē bowls, the breeze in Hawai’i, the company of her cat, and spending time with her loved ones.

SHEA HODGES

Hey! I’m Shea (like-the-butter). I am/was a military brat of the USAF, graduated high school from Perry, GA, and joined the Navy back in 2013. After 8.5yrs in, 4.5 of which were on a submarine stationed here in Pearl Harbor, I decided Hawaii felt like home and I should stick around for awhile. I’ve wanted to study psychology ever since my second trip to England and I’ve been interested in figuring out who thinks what and why, and I finally have a way to afford a formal education in the field. I’m excited to be here.

KACIE KATO

Kacie was born and raised in Mililani, Hawaii and is currently a Psychology BA major with a minor in Sociology. After graduating, she plans to obtain her graduate degree and pursue a career in the mental health field. Her current interests include the racial socialization of children, mental health in oppressed groups in society, social advocacy, and marriage and family counseling. In her free time, Kacie enjoys shopping, singing, spending time with family and friends, and hanging out with her dog!

ALYSSA LEE

Alyssa was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii and is currently in her senior year, double majoring in BA Psychology and Sociology. She currently works as a Registered Behavior Technician, providing ABA therapy to autistic clients which may be a career she wants to build upon in the future. Alyssa plans on going to graduate school after graduation, striving for a career in the mental health field, hopefully in counseling or therapy. During leisure time, Alyssa enjoys going to the beach, hiking, and traveling, but also enjoys being a homebody and watching movies too.

NINA MAYNE

Nina was born in Mexico City, but was actually raised in Madrid, Spain! Right before she started high school however, she crossed the Atlantic and relocated to Los Angeles where she lived until 2018 when she moved to Oahu for her studies. She is currently in her fifth year and has already completed all of her requirements for her B.A in Psychology, but she recently decided to pursue a minor in Fashion Merchandising. Not only does she have an international background, but she also comes from a multi-racial family, both of these factoring into her peaked interest in cross-cultural and social psychology. She particularly enjoys researching how people respond during relocation, people’s perception of different races and their own identities, as well as intimate partner violence.

MAXINE PATTERSON

Maxine was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. She is currently pursuing a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Spanish. She is specifically interested in relationship dynamics and how different parenting styles influence a child’s self-image and personality. Maxine plans to delve into these interests more after graduating from the University of Hawaii by attending graduate school for marriage and family therapy. At some point, she hopes to start an independent therapy practice. Outside of classes, Maxine adores spending time with her pug dog, hiking, and meditating.


FORMER GRADUATE/ POSTDOCTORAL STUDENTS


SHAHANA ANSARI, PH.D. [EMAIL] [CV]

Shahana Ansari received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from UH Mānoa in 2022. She has a B.A. in psychology from the University of Tampa and an M.A. in Children, Youth and International Development from Brunel University. Shahana’s research interests include examining the effect of social contexts on the development of race conceptions and categorizations, racial stereotyping, and racial prejudice. Shahana has a particular interest in examining these questions in academic settings to identify effective strategies that mitigate students’ psychological barriers to academic success. Shahana is currently a post-doc at Indiana University in the Social Roles Laboratory with Dr. Amanda Diekman.

CHRISTINE TAI, PH.D. [EMAIL] [CV]

Christine Tai received her Ph.D. in Developmental and Social Psychology from UH Mānoa in 2022. She received a B.A. in Psychology from New York University. She is interested in the development of stereotypes and attitudes toward stigmatized forms of speech (e.g., accents & dialects). She also hopes to apply her research cross-culturally, in observing the role the environment plays in shaping stereotyping and prejudice. Christine now works for META.

VICTORIA NARINE, PH.D. [EMAIL] [CV]

Victoria Narine received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from UH Mānoa in 2021. She has a B.A. from the College of William and Mary and a M.A. from the New School for Social Research. Victoria’s research interests include implicit gender bias and stereotype threat associated with gender. She’s especially interested in women’s experiences in male-dominated occupations and environments, such as S.T.E.M. and athletics. Victoria is now a Research Statistician at the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

ELIZABETH BREY, PH.D. [CV]

Elizabeth Brey was a postdoctoral fellow in lab from 2016-2020. She received a PhD in psychology from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research focused 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? As a postdoc, she was funded by a postdoctoral NSF grant and a NRSA from NIH, where she examined how children use nonverbal information to make group level judgments about other children. Elizabeth is now working as a Senior Researcher in Applied Research & Equitable Evaluation at Education Northwest.

CHANEL MEYERS, PH.D. [EMAIL] [WEBSITE]

Chanel Meyers received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from UH Mānoa in 2018. She graduated from Western Oregon University and was born and raised in Hawaii. He research examines how increasing diversity in society shapes intergroup processes across contexts and groups. Using a social-cognitive approach, Chanel examines how contexts and social norms influence cognition, behaviors and social interactions, with a focus on racial diversity, race-related norms and social perception. Chanel completed a postdoc at York University working with Dr. Kerry Kawakami and is now an Assistant Professor at University of Oregon.

ASHLEY MORRIS BIDDLE, PH.D. [EMAIL]

Ashley Morris received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from UH Mānoa in 2017. 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. Ashley is currently a faculty member at Leeward Community College.

CARA BELLWOOD RAY, PH.D. [EMAIL]

Cara Bellwood Ray received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from UH Mānoa 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. Cara is currently an Instructional Associate at Linfield College.

HEATHER ZEZECK, M.A. [EMAIL]

Heather Zezeck received her M.A. from UH Mānoa 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 UH 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 Market Research Director at Ipsos Healthcare.

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 was a Senior Lecturer in Psychology in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Bristol and now is a Data Analyst at the Waterloo Region Police. For more information please click here.


OTHER LAB AFFILIATES


JESSICA DELOS REYES

Jessica was a RA in the ISP lab from 2020-21. She is currently pursuing a Psy.D. at Biola University.

MAILE GRIFFIN

Maile was a RA and honors student in the ISP lab from 2019-21. Maile won an honors prize for her honors thesis and is currently pursuing a MSW at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

MICHELLE LAC

Michelle was a RA in the ISP lab from 2019-2020. She is currently in the Ed.S. program at Lewis and Clark College.

LEAH MORSE

Leah was a RA in the ISP lab from 2017-2019. She is currently pursuing a M.S. in Counseling Psychology at Chaminade University.

ANGELICA LEON

Angelica was a RA in the ISP lab from 2017-2018. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. program in social-organizational psychology at teacher’s college, Columbia University.

DEJA THOMAS

Deja was a RA in the ISP lab from 2017-2018. She is currently working as a survey analyst at Public Policy Institute of California.

MARIA GARAY

Maria was a RA in the ISP lab from 2016-2018. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology in 2024 from Tufts University.

MARINA MATSUI

Marina was a RA in the ISP lab from 2016-2018. She is currently a clinical psychology graduate student at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa.

KAYLA UYEDA

Kayla was a RA in the ISP lab from 2016-2017. Kayla received her Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling at Chaminade University in 2020.

SAKARIA “SAI” AUELUA-TOOMEY

Sai was an honors student in the ISP lab from 2015-16. Sai was selected as a 2017 Luce Scholar and received his Ph.D. in Psychology in 2024 from Stanford University. He will be starting as an Assistant Professor at UH Manoa this Fall!

NICOLYN CHARLOT

Nicolyn was an honors student in the ISP lab from 2014-15, and won an Honors Thesis Prize. Nicolyn received her Ph.D. in 2022 from the University of Western Ontario.

ADRIENNE CHONG

Adrienne Chong was the lab manager for the ISP lab from 2014-15. Adrienne received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2022 from the University of Nevada, Reno.

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.

JAMIE TAGOMORI

Jamie was a RA in the ISP lab from 2013-15. Jamie received her Ed.S. in 2018 from Chapman University.

VICTORIA FLOERKE

Victoria Floerke was the lab manager for the ISP lab from 2012-13. She received her Ph.D. in 2020 from Tufts University.