BASP Students

Darren Agboh


Advisors: Daryl Wout, Demis Glasford

Research Interests: My primary interests are in intergroup relations, focusing on how people perceive interracial contact and friendship from racial outgroup members. I also have interests in stereotyping and prejudice reduction, as well as collective action research.  My current research focuses on the fluidity of biracial group membership for perceivers based on the racial composition of their friendship network. I am also researching how people respond to instances of police brutality due to the method in which they learn about the incident.

Recent publications and presentations:

Agboh, D., Deegan, M. P., Gaertner, S. L., Johnston, B. M. (2015, May). Consequences of positive intergroup contact: An interpersonal and intergroup analysis. In B. M. Johnston (Chair), Promoting positive intergroup relations across multiple levels of analysis. Symposium to be conducted at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, New York, NY.

Agboh, D., Deegan, M.P., Gaertner, S.L. (Poster Presentation, March 2014). Responses to an invitation to friendship by racial outgroup members. 2014 Eastern Psychological Association Convention


Kyle Anderson

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Advisors: Curtis Hardin, Demis Glasford

Research Interests: I am primarily interested in investigating how to improve race relations from a shared reality perspective. Additionally, I am also interested in how people perceive racial ingroup members that might seem to value individual over group concerns, and vice versa.

Recent Publications and Presentations:
Thomas, J., Anderson, K., & Alexander, D. (2016). Violent events in South Sudan. Data presented at the Public Forum on Governance and Economy of South Sudan, Phoenix, AZ. Presentation.

Stalder, D, & Anderson, K. (2014). Are depressed individuals more susceptible to cognitive dissonance? Current Research in Social Psychology, 22(5), 10-19.

Stalder, D., & Anderson, K. (2011). Are depressed individuals more susceptible to cognitive dissonance? Data presented at the Midwest Psychological Association, Chicago, Il. Poster.


Maureen Coyle

Advisor(s): Cheryl Carmichael, Curtis Hardin

Research Interests: I investigate how computer-mediated communication affects development and maintenance of social relationships. I am interested in the psychological distance created by computer-mediated communication and how it can either expedite or hinder interpersonal relationships and adaptive emotional response. My current projects involve emoji use and how emoji affect perceived responsiveness in text messaging.

Recent publications and presentations:
Carmichael, C. L., Schwartz, A. M., Coyle, M. A., Goldberg, M. H. (in press). A Classroom Activity for Teaching Kohlberg’s Theory of Moral Development. Teaching of Psychology.

Coyle, M. (2016, May). Social Media Responses to the November 2015 Paris Terrorist Attacks and Relations to Political Engagement. Poster presented at the 7th Annual All Psychology Doctoral Student Research Day at CUNY Graduate Center, New York, NY.


Nikoleta Despodova


Advisors: Margaret Bull-Kovera, Michael Leippe
Dual Specialization in BASP and Psych and Law

Research Interests: My main interest pertains to research that aims to increase our understanding of jury decision-making. More specifically, I am interested in the effects of cross-examination and witness testimony on jurors' reasoning.

Recent Presentations and Publications:
Despodova, N., Perillo, J., Clatch, L., Teitcher, J., & Kovera, M. (2015, March). Effects of adversarial allegiance influence on the quality of reasoning displayed in expert evaluations. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychology and Law Society, San Diego, CA

Perillo, J., Despodova, N., & Kovera, M. (2015, March). Attorney preferences for experts under adversarial and concurrent expert testimony conditions. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychology and Law Society, San Diego, CA


Andrew Evelo

Advisor: Margaret Kovera
Dual Specialization in BASP and Psych and Law

Research Interests: My research interests include psychology and law, decision making, social-cognition, heuristics, and quantitative methods.  Specifically, I do research on legal decision making, mathematical models of eyewitness memory, and social perceptions of juvenile offenders.

Recent Presentations and Publications:

Kovera, M. B., & Evelo, A. J. (in press). The case for double-blind lineup administration. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law.

Evelo, A. J., & Greene, E. (2013). Judgments about felony-murder in hindsight. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 27, 277-285. doi:10.1002/acp.2903


Rachel Fikslin

Advisor(s): Sarit Golub, Cheryl Carmichael

Research Interests: I am interested in individual and social factors that influence sexual and reproductive health and well-being, with a focus on stigmatized identities and conditions.  Generally, my research interests include sexual decision-making, feminist identity, LGBTQ health, menstrual stigma, and body image. 

Recent Presentations and Publications:

Fikslin, R., Levitt, R., & Barnack-Tavlaris, J.L. (June 2017) Factors related to menstrual activism: Evaluating the impact of humorous messages. Paper presented at the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Fikslin, R. & Barnack-Tavlaris, J.L. (March, 2017). Sexual passivity, feminist self- categorization, and sexual self-efficacy in heterosexual college women. Paper presented at the Association for Women in Psychology Conference, Milwaukee, WI.


Matthew Fong

Advisor: Catherine Good

Research Interests: My research interests involve expanding the diversity of people and their ideas in workplace and academic settings. The primary focus involves alleviating stereotype threat in order to create more harmony and productivity in such environments.


Christopher Gettings

Advisors: Michael Leippe, Curtis Hardin

Research Interests: I am interested in cognitive dissonance and motivated cognition, particularly with how these processes impact the way people construct and defend coherent worldviews. My anticipated areas of research include political ideology, religious belief, fear of terrorism, and the role of science in society.


Maya Godbole


Advisors: Catherine Good, Sarit Golub

Research Interests: My primary line of research focuses on barriers  to representation and success for women and minorities in competitive domains. Currently I am investigating the effects of overt vs. subtle sexism cues on women’s motivation and achievement. Ultimately, my research will inform the development of intervention to help women perform better in the face of sexism and stereotyping, particular in STEM fields and traditionally masculine domains.

Recent Presentations and Publications:

Godbole, M., Malvar, N., Valian, V. Gendered and neutral traits: who is the ideal president? Oral presentation at symposium “Gender, Race, and Institutional Trust in the 2016 Election” at Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) 2017 Annual Conference. June 23-25, 2017; Albuquerque, NM.

Godbole, M., Malvar, N, Valian, V. Minding the Gender Gap: The Role of Explicit and Implicit Gender Stereotypes in the 2016 Election. Poster Presentation at Association for Psychological Science 29th Annual Convention. May 25-28, 2017; Boston, MA.


Matthew Goldberg


Advisors: Curtis Hardin, Cheryl Carmichael

I am interested in defensive biases and how they distort people’s judgment of belief-threatening information. I investigate the social and cognitive factors that predict how someone will handle negative feedback or belief-threats.

Recent Presentations and Publications:

Rios, K., Goldberg, M. H., & Totton, R. R. (2017).An informational influence perspective on (non)conformity: Perceived knowledgeability increases expression of minority opinions.Communication Research.

Goldberg, M. H. & Carmichael, C. L. (in press). Language complexity, belief-consistency, and the evaluation of policies. Comprehensive Results in Social Psychology.


Natalie Gordon

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Advisors: Margaret Kovera, Mark Fondacaro

Dual Specialization in BASP and Psych and Law

Research Interests: My research is centered around jury decision-making, specifically how genetic evidence influences jurors’  sentencing decisions in death penalty cases, how evidence of a defendant’s history of childhood maltreatment and gruesome crime scene photographs arouses jurors’ emotions, and how jurors reach decisions about economic and non-economic damages in tort cases. I have also recently become interested in whether knowledge of collateral consequences might influence a defendant’s willingness to plead guilty. I am a strong advocate of restorative justice and hope to use psychological research to inform the law and legal practices.

Recent presentations and publications:

Gordon, N., & Greene, E. (2017). Nature, nurture, and capital punishment: How evidence of a genetic-environment interaction, future dangerousness, and deliberation affect sentencing decisions. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 1-19. doi:10.1002/bsl.2306

Gordon, N., & Greene, E. (2017). Jury instructions may provide some assistance to jurors in dram shop cases. Poster presented at the American Psychology-Law Society conference, Seattle, WA.

Greene, E., & Gordon, N. (2015, November). Can the “hot tub” enhance jurors’ understanding and use of expert testimony? Wyoming Law Review16, 359-385.

Emily Joseph

Advisor: Michael Leippe
Dual Specialization in BASP and Psych and Law

Research Interests: Broadly, Emily's research focuses on lie detection interrogations, and confessions. Her current research examines whether swearing to tell the truth influences truthful disclosure as well as how watching someone swear to tell the truth influences observer perceptions of the speaker's statement. 

Recent Presentations and Publications:
Joseph, E., Hartwig, M., & Bond, C. (2014). Swearing to tell the truth: Effects of oath taking on truth telling and credibility judgments. Manuscript in preparation.

Luke, T. J., Hartwig, M., Joseph, E., Brimbal, L., Chan, G., Dawson, E., Donovan, P., Jordan, S., & Granhag, P. A. (under review).Training in the Strategic Use of Evidence technique: Improving deception detection accuracy of American law enforcement officers.


Noelle Malvar

Advisor: Demis Glasford

Research Interests- I am investigating how people from different groups (i.e. racial, gender groups) come together to talk about difficult and potentially controversial topics on inequality (racial inequality, gender wage gap). I am particularly interested in the motives stemming from group status, and how this affects how group members approach the interaction, as well as their experience (satisfaction) in the dialogue.

Recent Publications and Presentations:
Malvar, N., & Glasford, D. Hard Talk: The role of group status and interaction goals in discussions on inequality. Society for the Psychological Studies of Social Issues. June 23-25, 2017. Albuquerque, NM.

Malvar, N., Godbole, M., & Valian, V. (invited talk) Sexism: The role of gender in the 2016 US presidential Elections in How did Clinton lose? How do women win? Public policy event. March 13, 2017. New York, NY.

Godbole, M., Malvar, N., & Valian, V. Gender, race and institutional trust in the 2016 election. Society for the Psychological Studies of Social Issues. June 23-25, 2017. Albuquerque, NM.


Katlyn Milless

Advisors: Catherine Good, Daryl Wout

Research interests: My research interests focus on how perceptions of situational cues that signal threat and lack of belonging to underrepresented individuals perpetuate gender and ethnic disparities in education. Additionally, I am interested in the development of subtle intervention strategies aimed at ameliorating these disparities in education and achievement.

Recent publications and presentations:
Milless, K., Caasi, E., Scharnetzki, E., and Ben-Zeev, A. (2014, May). Effects of Imparting Stereotype Threat Knowledge to Women in STEM. Poster presented at the annual Berkeley Interdisciplinary Research Conference for Undergraduates, Berkeley, CA.

Caasi, E., Scharnetzki, L., Milless, K., and Ben- Zeev, A. (2014, May). “It’s Not You; It’s Stereotype Threat!”: How STEM Women React to this Adage." Poster presented at the annual convention for the Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco, CA.


Karima Modjadidi

Advisor: Margaret Kovera
Dual Specialization in BASP and Psych and Law

Research Interests- My current research interests include eyewitness testimony, lineup procedures, jury decision making, and factors that influence plea-bargaining.


Inna Saboshchuk

Advisor: Sarit Golub

Research Interests: I am interested in how our social identities influence the decisions we make about our sexual health. 

Recent publications and presentations:
Saboshchuk, I. & Golub, S.A. (2015, September). Sexual Identity Priming Impact Men’s Attitudes Towards Sexual Risk Taking Behavior and Sexual Behavior Norms. Oral presentation given at the 29th Conference of the EHPS: Principles of Behaviour Change in Health and Illness, Limassol, Cyprus.

Saboshchuk, I. & Golub, S.A. (2015, August). Identity Priming Changes Straight Male Reports of Sexism and Homophobia. Poster presented at the Late-Breaking Graduate Student Poster Session and Competition as part of the American Psychological Association Convention, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


Richard Smith

Advisors: Daryl Wout, Demis Glasford

Research Interests: My research focuses on the intersection of racial identity, interpersonal experiences, and socioemotional and physical well-being. Specifically, I investigate the moderating role of racial identity as it pertains to experiences of discrimination, inter- and intra-group interactions, acceptance and rejection sensitivity, and psychophysiological outcomes. Moreover, I am interested in seeing how these factors relate to one’s perception of and engagement in race-related social issues.


Prabin Subedi

Advisor: Demis Glasford, Daryl Wout

Research Interests: I examine how people perceive, maintain, and change their prejudiced attitudes and behaviors toward outgroup members. I also study how members of advantaged groups and different disadvantaged groups build solidarity for effective collective action.

Recent publications and presentations:
Kite, M.E., Subedi, P.C., Ballas, H.E., & Aradhye, C.A.(August, 2012). Gender-associated stereotypes of older and younger gays and lesbians. Poster presented at the meeting of the American Psychological Association American Psychological Association Convention, Orlando, FL. 

Subedi, P.C., Brescoll, V. L., Dodge, L., Dovidio, J.F., & Sedlovskaya, A. (January, 2011). Just a job or a calling? The relationship between workplace gender composition, self-concept structure, and the meaning of work.  Poster presented at the Self & Identity Pre-Conference of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio, TX.


Matthew Vanaman

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Advisor: Hanah Chapman

Research Interests: The last decade or so has seen theoretical debates arise at the heart of moral psychology. An important one is centered on the question "what is the structure of morality?" Many researchers believe that morality is "modular" - that is, there is more than one path to wrongness. Critics posit that all morality comes down to harm. More specifically, moral transgressions are perceived to create victims, and moral rules of all kinds exist to reduce victimhood. This divide fascinates me, and my current research is concerned primarily with bringing clarity and resolution to this divide.

Recent publications and presentations:

Vanaman, M., & Crysel, L. (2017). Liberalism. In V. Zeigler-Hill & T. K. Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences (pp. 1–3). Cham: Springer International Publishing.

Vanaman, M. (April, 2017). A novel measure of the need for moral cognition. Podium presentation at Stetson University Showcase, a forum for outstanding achievement in research and academics. Stetson University, DeLand, Fl.

Vanaman, M., Crysel, L., Askew, R.L. (2017). Who’s to Blame? Evidence of In-Group Prejudice Among the Homeless. Under review at the Group Processes and Intergroup Relations.



Jordan Wylie

Advisor: Justin Storbeck, Cheryl Carmichael

Research Interests: Broadly, I am interested in perception, motivation and emotion. More specifically, I am interested in exploring the mechanisms by which perceptions and emotions influence motivation, success, and resilience.