I am interested in how social and group identities shape people’s thoughts, emotions, and behavior. At ASU, I work closely with students on research that sheds light on the multi-faceted nature of social and group identities. That is, treating social identity as a simple one-dimensional construct misses the complex and sometimes counterintuitive effects that emerge from ideological, motivational, and emotional meanings of identity. My research underscores these counterintuitive effects, which are both important in their own right and are a way of demonstrating the complexity of social identities. A unifying theme across my core research areas is that a more nuanced understanding of the social and group bases of identity can pave the way for positive change.
At ASU, I teach introductory psychology (PSY 101), social psychology (PSY 350), a graduate quantitative methods course that focuses on regression-based techniques (PSY 516), and a graduate seminar on intergroup relations (PSY 598), in addition to supervised research and thesis courses. My office is located in FAB S41B on the ASU West Campus. The Identity & Intergroup Relations Lab is housed in FAB B15, Rooms A - C.
I am also the Faculty Director of the New College Statistics and Methods (SAM) Lab--a lab devoted to assisting students in statistics and research methods courses with assignments, research projects, and statistics consulting. The lab's resources include computing stations with a range of quantitative and qualitative research software (e.g., SPSS, SAS, Stata, nVivo, EQS, MPlus, LISREL, EQS, R) and a team of graduate-level consultants who staff the lab and assist students in person, over the phone, and though online tutoring/consulting sessions.
Erik Porter is from Mesa, AZ. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.S. in neuroscience and a minor in psychology in 2016.
As a second year student in the MS Psychology Program at ASU, Erik is currently conducting research exploring the intersection of religious and scientific values. He has an emerging interest in the study of anxiety disorders, which he hopes to explore in greater depth at the doctoral level.
Matt Stowers is a master's student in the psychology program at the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences. He received his B.S. in psychology from Fayetteville State University and anticipates continuing on to a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.
He is interested in studying the etiology of addiction and how addiction impacts the lives of family members and friends. He is also interested in how challenges pertaining to race may influence the age onset of addiction and addictive coping behaviors.
Matt is a 10-year veteran of the United States Army, currently serves in the National Guard, and is a lifetime member of Psi Chi International Honor Society. In addition to running (he was the captain of the men’s cross country team at FSU and has completed multiple marathons and half marathons), he also enjoys hiking and mountain biking.
Victoria Delgadillo is currently in her final year as an undergraduate in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences. She is completing a major in psychology, as well as a minor in sociology.
Danielle Haddad is in her final year of completing a major in psychology and a minor in criminal justice at the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences. She hopes to become a licensed professional counselor.
Nicky is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Psychology at the Arizona State University's School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. He is interested in research on data mining, social networks and social media, and decision making. Nicky is a member of the BullyBlocker research team.
Chun Shao is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Journalism and Mass Communication at the Arizona State University’s Cronkite School. His interests are in social network analysis and user experience research. Chun is a member of the BullyBlocker project and is lending his expertise to the psychology sub-team on an NSF grant.