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Jasmine M. DeJesus, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Contact me: jmdejes2 [at] uncg [dot] edu

Visit my lab webpage: devculturehealth.com

I joined the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Department of Psychology in the fall of 2018. Before moving to North Carolina, I completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Psychology and Pediatrics at the University of Michigan, where I was funded by the NICHD and American Heart Association. I received my Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Chicago in 2015 and my B.A. in Psychology from Harvard in 2007.

My research broadly investigates the development of social cognition. I am especially interested in examining children's social reasoning in the context of food. The domain of food provides particularly interesting opportunities to examine questions about social learning and cultural group membership and to consider the implications of basic research for pressing public health issues.

My research on food is situated within a broader interest in understanding the development of cultural cognition. I have studied the development of social categorization and social biases (particularly in regard to language and nationality), how ideals about fairness and resource distribution develop, and how early social cognition may differ across diverse socio-cultural contexts.


I am recruiting masters and doctoral-track students to start in fall 2020. Please contact me directly if you are interested in applying and visit my lab website to learn more about our research and lab members!