Areas of Research
The Social Justice and Health Equity Psychology Lab’s research examines prejudice, discrimination, and stereotyping, including the social, academic, and health consequences of being a member of a stigmatized group.
The lab’s work seeks to understand how experiences with discrimination, marginalization, and inequality contribute to gender, racial/ethnic, and other academic and mental and physical health disparities. The lab's work also explores factors that contribute to positive intergroup relations among diverse populations both within the U.S. and around the world.
INTERSECTIONALITY, STEREOTYPES, DISCRIMINATION, & WOMEN'S SEXUAL & REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH
We use intersectionality as a radical social justice framework to understand societal stereotypes of groups based on categories such as gender, race, age, and parenting status; as well as to understand the impact of stereotypes and discrimination on women's sexual and reproductive health outcomes in the U.S.
POLYCULTURALISM & INTERGROUP RELATIONS
We explore the role of polyculturalism -- believing that different racial and ethnic groups have throughout history interacted, exchanged ideas, and influenced each other's cultures over time, and continue to do so today -- in intergroup relations among diverse individuals both in the U.S. and internationally.
RELATIONSHIP STIGMA AMONG SAME-SEX & INTERRACIAL COUPLES
We examine the consequences of relationship stigma -- stigma targeting a couple because of the nature of the relationship -- in addition to individually experienced stigma for relationship functioning and well-being among U.S. adults in same-sex and/or interracial relationships.