Lab Team

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” – African Proverb

Valerie Jones Taylor, Ph.D.

Valerie Jones Taylor, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

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Caitlyn Yantis, Ph.D.

Caitlyn Yantis, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Before becoming a postdoctoral research associate at Lehigh, I earned a B.S. from the University of Mary Washington in 2010, an M.S. in experimental psychology from DePaul Unviersity in 2012, and an M.A. (2015) and Ph.D. (2018) in social psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Outside of research, I enjoy listening to true-crime podcasts, watching reality TV, and spending time with my niece and 2 nephews.

For more information and to view my CV, please visit my personal website or contact me via email at cay218@lehigh.edu.

Juan Valladares

Juan Valladares

Graduate Student

I am a graduate student in the Social Psychology PhD. program at Lehigh University. I am working in the Stereotyping & Social Interactions (SSI) lab under the advisement of Dr. Valerie Jones Taylor. My research interests revolve around interracial and interracial interactions as they are affected by stereotypes, prejudice, ingroup bias, etc. Additionally, I am interested in how understanding socio-cultural contexts can contribute to positive experiences in intergroup contact situations and toward reducing inequities. My research goal is to address some of the cross-cultural gaps concerning group behavior, stereotypes, and racial attitudes- especially as these phenomena apply to areas and countries that have been underrepresented in the literature.

I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Brigham Young University in 2017. My wife Michelle and I enjoy watching all types of movies, especially superhero movies, cooking, longboarding, and taking care of our baby son Emanuel. We love to travel and have visited several places including Honduras (my home country), Peru (where Michelle and I met), and Israel.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Emily Tasik

Emily Tasik

I am a second year pre-medical student at Lehigh University, pursuing a degree in Biology with a minor in Psychology. I have always been enthralled by the science of the brain–the chemistry of its machinery, and its psychological manifestations in humans. I am especially excited to join the SSI Lab due to the troubling atmosphere of racial divide we currently see brewing today.

Garrett Rosenbom

Garrett Rosenbom

I am a junior undergraduate student at Lehigh University and I am pursuing a degree in clinical psychology. I am interested in this area of work because I have close, personal relationships with people who are affected by mental illness and I believe the stigmatization of it needs to end. I am also deeply interested in the social aspect of interpersonal relationships in a psychological aspect.

Khalid Khamis

Khalid Khamis

I’m a senior at Lehigh majoring in Electrical Engineering, pursuing a minor in Psychology. I’m very interested in the SSI lab research because of the spaces that I interact in and how stereotypes are formed and how they can affect interaction with myself or others.

Courteney Parry

Courteney Parry

I am a first-year undergraduate student at Lehigh University. I intend on double majoring in Psychology and Sociology. I would like to understand how stereotypes and prejudice can facilitate uncomfortable to even hostile interracial interactions, and how provisions can be taken to foster more healthy interracial interactions.