Our Lab Team
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– African Proverb
Dr. Valerie Jones Taylor CV
My research areas include intergroup relations, social identity threat, stereotyping and discrimination, and cultural psychology. Specifically, I investigate how stereotyping and prejudice affect the academic performance of underrepresented groups, interracial interactions, and the treatment of racialized physical spaces. I also examine ways to improve interracial encounters in academic and social contexts using virtual reality. In my work, I draw on theories such as social identity threat, and apply frameworks such as models of stress and coping and intergroup processes, to answer such questions that loom large for those working to implement successful diversity strategies to reduce inequities and promote positive social change.
Juan Valladares 📎
I am a graduate student in the Social Psychology Ph.D. program at Lehigh University. I work under the advisement of Dr. Valerie Jones Taylor. My research interests revolve around interracial and interracial interactions as they are affected by stereotypes, prejudice, in-group bias, etc. Relatedly, I am interested in how understanding socio-cultural contexts can contribute to positive experiences in intergroup contact situations and toward reducing inequities. I want to address some of the cross-cultural gaps concerning group behavior, stereotypes, and racial attitudes- especially as these phenomena apply to areas and groups that have been underrepresented in the literature.
I am a first year graduate student working in the Stereotyping & Social Interactions Lab (SSI) here at Lehigh University. I received my B.S. from The Ohio State University in 2019 where I worked with Steven Spencer. Broadly, my research interest are centered around social identity threat and intergroup relations. More specifically, I am interested in investigating factors which determine the quality of intergroup interactions as well as investigating ways to improve intergroup interactions. Additionally, I want to examine how these effects translate across multiple types of intergroup interactions and contexts.
Affiliated Graduate Student
I am a graduate student in the Counseling and Human Services program at Lehigh University. In addition to the Stereotyping & Social Interactions (SSI) lab, I am also working in the Resistance Lab studying gender-based violence and in the Study Abroad Office. My research interests are intersectionality, non-binary gender, adult games and play, humor, power dynamics, sex and sexuality, and social justice.
I graduated with a B.A. in French Literature from Reed College, an M.A. in Printmaking and M.F.A. in Book Arts from the University of Alabama. I like to go mushroom hunting, cook, garden, play games, read, hike, and fight systemic injustices in my free time.
Allison is a junior undergraduate student at Lehigh University majoring in Psychology with minors in HMS and Sociology and Anthropology.
Joyce is a sophomore undergraduate student at Lehigh University majoring in Behavioral Neuroscience and minoring in Psychology.
Nick is a junior undergraduate student at Lehigh University pursuing a degree in Computer Science and Design in Lehigh’s IDEAS program.
Swetha is a junior undergraduate student at Lehigh University who is pursuing a B.S. in Computer Science and Business.
Courteney is a junior undergraduate student at Lehigh University who is double majoring in Psychology and Sociology.
Ben is a junior undergraduate student at Lehigh University majoring in Psychology and minoring in Computer Science.
Spencer is a sophomore undergraduate student at Lehigh University pursuing a B.S. in Computer Science and Business.
Michaela is a senior undergraduate student at Lehigh University who is pursuing a B.S. in Computer Science.
Sara is a senior undergraduate student at DeSales University majoring in Psychology and minoring in Computer Science.
Myunggee is a senior undergraduate student at Lehigh University who is pursuing a degree in Psychology.
Junmoke is a sophomore undergraduate at Lehigh University double-majoring in Psychology and English.
Caitlyn Yantis, Ph.D