News Editors

Reem Abdelhamid-Gazzaz (all-true-is-me) is a PhD candidate in the College of Life Environment and Sciences at the School of Psychology at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom.  Her research interest is in Social Identity Theory and sustained charitable giving.  She has more than 20 years professional experience in non-profit and charitable organizations.  She has a BA and an MA in Journalism and Mass Communication from the American University in Cairo (AUC).

Kevin Betts is a doctoral student in the Social/Health Psychology program at North Dakota State University. He received his B.S. from Grand Valley State University where he majored in Psychology and Sociology and minored in Applied Statistics, and his M.S. from North Dakota State University where he studied Social/Health Psychology. His recent research projects include empirical studies of collaborative group memory, intergroup and intragroup conflict, approach and avoidance motivation in groups, and ostracism.

Megan Birney is a PhD student and an Associate Research Fellow at the University of Exeter.  She is part of the Social, Economic, Environmental, and Organizational Research Group (SEEORG) within the School of Psychology and is working on a variety of projects within that group.  Recent work includes empirical studies investigating successful communication in science, the relationship between norms and decision-making, and perceptions related to non-native accents.  She holds an MSc in Social and Organizational Psychology from the University of Exeter and a BSc in Psychology from Virginia Tech.

Dr. Christopher C. Duke (http:// completed his PhD in psychology at the University of Exeter in November, 2010. His research focuses on social identity processes and environmentally relevant behaviors, such as saving energy and recycling. He holds an MSc in Social and Organizational Psychology from the University of Exeter (2006) and a BS in Psychology from Berry College (2005).

Adam Fetterman is a second year doctoral student at North Dakota State University. He received his undergraduate degree from St. Cloud State University, in Minnesota. Broadly, he is interested in the relationships between personality, cognition, and emotion. Specifically, his research focuses on topics such as metaphor, politics, and interpersonal processes. He has also published on self-regulation and daily functioning.

Valerie Futch [chorascholarette] is a PhD candidate in the Social-Personality Psychology Program at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her research interests include adolescent and young adult identities, sexual health and sexuality, theatre and performance, and qualitative methods. She is currently working on her dissertation which examines the experiences of young adults who participated in a peer sex-ed theatre group in Florida.

Phil Getty is a McNair Scholar and second-year doctoral student in Social/Personality Psychology at Lehigh University. He graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.A. in Psychology, graduating Summa Cum Laude with department honors. His research program includes studies focusing on social explanations related to prosocial and antisocial behavior; moral judgment, belief systems, group dynamics and individual differences relate to social orientation, emotions and Theory of Mind.

Matthew Hall is a third year part-time doctoral student at Nottingham Trent University. He is interested in the discursive construction and negotiation of contemporary masculine categories and their relation to more ‘hegemonic’ forms of masculinity. His doctoral research focuses specifically on ‘metrosexual’ masculinity in various contexts. The methods of Discursive Psychology and  Membership Categorisation Analysis are used.

Courtney Ignarri is a fourth year doctoral student at Lehigh University. She is interested in stereotypes, automatic processes, and goals, as well as the mechanisms and consequences associated with social support. More recently her doctoral research investigates the effects of social support on interpersonal relationships; specifically the possible negative effects for the self that could result from support provided by close others.

Laura Maruskin is a graduate student in the Psychology department at the College of William and Mary. She received her BA from the University of Rochester in 2006. Assuming a social/personality perspective, her primary research interests include (1) the relationship between implicit and explicit motives and (2) the creative process. Her current work focuses on the role of inspiration in the creative process.

Erin Smith Minihan (esminihan) , a Walsh Fellow and doctoral student at Queen’s University Belfast, is currently researching the economic and environmental impacts of changing energy prices on the food supply chain in Northern Ireland. She holds a Master of Science in Agricultural, Environmental, and Regional Economics from Penn State University and an undergraduate degree in public affairs from James Madison College. Her research focuses on issues surrounding the interaction of agriculture, energy and the environment.

Andres Olide is completing a masters in research Psychology at SanFrancisco State University. His current interest is in cultural research and the study of the expression of emotion. Specifically he is interested in the interaction between contextual variables, the expression of emotion and attributions people make about given events. Training entailed receiving certification in the Facial Action Coding System (FACS) and self report measurement techniques.

Jennifer Rosner is a fourth-year doctoral candidate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests include identity negotiation and dynamic social identity processes, culture and acculturation, consequences for intergroup relations, consequences and implications of globalization.

Rachel Steele is a second year doctoral student in Social Psychology at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and she is in the Psychology of Peace and Violence Program. Her Master’s research is focused on the effects of group-based emotions and emotion regulation processes on action intentions towards and attitudes about outgroups in intergroup conflicts.  Her other research interests include:

restitution of historic intergroup injustices and the motivations and moral underpinnings of behavior to punish outgroups.

Erica Zaiser is a first year doctoral student in social psychology at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England, where she received her MSc in Group Processes and Intergroup Relations. Her research interests are primarily on extreme group behaviour, morality, group-based emotions, and fostering reconciliation after intergroup conflict. Currently she is investigating how groups justify immoral actions and how intergroup apologies alter attitudes and willingness to reconcile.

Ruixue Zhaoyang I am a first year doctoral student at Missouri-Columbia University, US. I obtained my Bachelor and Master Degree in Social Psychology at Nankai University in China. My previous researches mainly focused on close relationships and adult attachment. For my doctoral study, I’m interested in personality, sexual motivation and close relationships, especially the longitudinal study in the context of culture. Most recently, I’m working on a longitudinal study which was aimed at investigate the predictive effect of attachment characteristic and relationship quality on relationship stability in the context of gender and race.