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. 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 graduate seminars on intergroup relations and consumer behavior, in addition to supervised research and thesis courses. My office is located in FAB S141B on the ASU West Campus. The Identity & Social Relations Lab is housed in FAB B15, Rooms A - C.
I am also the Faculty Director of the ASU 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, Stata, nVivo, EQS, MPlus, 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 and from the ASU Master’s of Science in Psychology Program in 2018.
Erik’s primary areas of research interest include religion and research-driven interventions for treatment of anxiety disorders.