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, 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.
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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.
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.
Born in the Philippines and raised on Oʻahu, Celine is a sophomore at UH Manoa and is working on a B.S. degree in Psychology and a B.A. in Spanish. After graduating, she wishes to go graduate school to do research in developmental or cognitive psychology. Eventually, she would like to pursue a career that combines her love of working with children with her passions for psychology, art and music.
Destiny was born and raised in Honolulu, HI. She is a senior at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa pursuing a BA degree in psychology. After graduating, she plans to pursue a masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology.
Maile was born and raised in Hawaii. She is a third year Honors student earning a BS in Psychology with a minor in Japanese. Her interest in social and abnormal psychology drew her to the ISP lab and hopes to pursue a career in clinical psychology. In her spare time, she enjoys drawing while petting her dog, Momo.
Rebekah is a senior transferring from Shoreline Community College in Seattle. She is working towards a BA in Psychology and is interested in helping children with trauma. She hopes to pursue a career as a clinical psychologist.
Jack is currently a third year student at Hawai’i Pacific University. After earning his Bachelors of Arts Degree in Psychology, Jack plans to attend graduate school to earn a Psy.D in Clinical Psychology. In his free time, Jack enjoys hiking, traveling, and photography.
Michelle was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. She is currently a senior at the University of Hawaii at Manoa pursuing a Bachelors of Education (B.Ed) in Secondary Education with a focus in Psychology. Interested in social and developmental psychology and inspired by her love for working with children and teaching, she aims to continue her education in graduate school studying school psychology. On her free time, she enjoys hanging out with friends and family, hiking and traveling.
Robin is currently a 4th year student pursuing a Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. After graduating with his degree in psychology, he wishes to continue his education into the medical field by either applying to nursing or medical school. Robin loves being involved with his community as he helps volunteer and run different on-campus organizations such as HOSA and the Atherton YMCA.
Kaʻiuonalani was born and raised in Hawaiʻi. She is a senior at UH Mānoa pursuing her BS degree in Psychology. She plans to continue her education in graduate school doing research in social psychology and working towards her Masters or PhD degree.
Ann Malluwa Wadu
Ann is a junior at the University of Hawaii at Manoa transferring from Montgomery College in Maryland. She is working towards a BA degree in psychology and the Certificate of Peace Studies. She is also a cadet in the Army ROTC program at UH Manoa. After graduating, Ann plans to continue her education by earning a PhD and ultimately hopes to commission in the US Army as a clinical psychologist. Her research interests include the impact of war-related trauma on children and veterans. With her limited free time, Ann enjoys the beach, hiking, and drinking bubble tea.
Gaby was born and raised in San Diego, California and is a first year, full time student working towards her BA in Psychology. She intends to also get a Masters in Education while at the University of Hawaii at Manoa so she can fulfill her dream of becoming a School Psychologist. Her main passion is to help children in poor socio-economic societies and to give them the help they need and deserve. In her free time, she loves to go to the beach, explore the island, and have fun adventures with friends.
Jeraldine was born and raised in San Francisco, CA. She is a senior at the University of Hawaii pursuing a double major- a B.S. in Psychology and B.A. in Philippine Language and Literature. In the near future, she aims to continue her education and earn her PsyD with an emphasis in family/child psychology. In her free time, she loves beach hopping and hiking with friends.
ISP LAB ALUMNI
Former Graduate/Postdoctoral Students
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 an Applied Research and Evaluation Advisor at Education Northwest.
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. 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. Chanel completed a postdoc at York University working with Dr. Kerry Kawakami and will be starting as an Assistant Professor at Whitman University this Fall 2020.
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 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 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 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 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 Customer and Market Insights Manager at Thermo Scientific.
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 Senior Lecturer in Psychology in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Bristol. For more information please click here
Other lab affiliates
Leah was a RA in the ISP lab from 2017-2019. She is currently in the PsyD program at Chaminade University.
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.
Rochelle was a RA in the ISP lab from 2017-2018. She is currently a paraprofessional and registered behavior technician in the process of applying to medical schools.
Deja was a RA in the ISP lab from 2017-2018. She is currently working as a Research Assistant at Pew Research Center.
Maria was a RA in the ISP lab from 2016-2018. She is currently a Ph.D. student at Tufts University.
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 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.
Nicolyn was an honors student in the ISP lab from 2014-15, and won an Honors Thesis Prize. Nicolyn is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Western Ontario.
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.
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 was a RA in the ISP lab from 2013-15. Jamie received her Ed.S. in 2018 from Chapman University.
Victoria Floerke was the lab manager for the ISP lab from 2012-13. She received her Ph.D. in 2020 from Tufts University.
PROSPECTIVE 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 college student home for the summer interested in working in our lab as a research assistant, please e-mail us. If you are an undergraduate student at UH Manoa interested in working in our lab as a research assistant, please fill out an application and e-mail it to us along with your resume/CV.