Stereotypes and Prejudice Research Interest Group, Summer 2016

Graduate Students

Ben Blankenship
Ben is a fifth year doctoral student in the Personality and Social Context area of the Department of Psychology. He is broadly interested in how intersectional/intersecting identities affect critical domains, such as academics and politics. His work thus far has primarily focused on the intersections of gender, race, and sexuality. In his work with Denise, he is interested in researching the effects of gendered stereotyping by straight people and stereotype threat on queer (LGBTQ+) people in marginalizing academic contexts, including STEM. For more information, please visit his academic webpage

Veronica Derricks
Veronica is a fourth year doctoral student in Social Psychology. Her research examines the impact of STEM environments on female students' relationships and sense of belonging. She also explores the role of verbal microaggressions in eliciting stereotype threat.

Izzy Gainsburg
Izzy is a fourth year doctoral student in Social Psychology. He studies how environmental cues affect feelings of belonging and threat, emotion-regulation strategies to cope with these feelings, and how to leverage social norms to make environments more welcoming.

Ariana Orvell
Ariana is a fourth year doctoral student in Social Psychology. She is interested in the role of self-control on individuals' well-being and academic achievement. In her work with Denise, Ariana is examining how stereotypes and self-concept interact to shape individuals' identities and choices.



Koji Takahashi
Koji is a third year doctoral student in Social Psychology. He is broadly interested in intergroup conflict and how various types of communication alleviate or exacerbate it. In his work with Denise, he studies the effects of microaggressions toward women in STEM as well as the effects of humor on intergroup biases.