BASP Students


Darren Agboh

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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

Email: dagboh@gc.cuny.edu


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:
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.

Garcia, A., Coyle, M., Janusz, J., Henry, A. (2013, March). The Influence of Video Viewing on Food Choices in College Students. Symposium conducted at the 2013 Eastern Psychological Association Convention, New York, NY. 

Email: mcoyle@gradcenter.cuny.edu


Nikoleta Despodova

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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

Email: nikoleta.despodova@jjay.cuny.edu


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:
Evelo, A. J., Kovera, M., & Greathouse, S. (2014, August). ROC curve analysis of administrator knowledge effects on eyewitness identifications. Poster presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.

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

E-mail: aevelo@gc.cuny.edu


Rachel Fikslin

Advisor(s): Sarit Golub, Cheryl Carmichael

Research Interests: My main areas of interest are sexuality and reproductive/sexual health. I am interested in learning more about factors that influence sexual health behaviors and attitudes, particularly for those in stigmatized groups.

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.

Email: rfikslin@gradcenter.cuny.edu


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.

E-mail: mfong@gc.cuny.edu


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.

Email: ejoseph@gc.cuny.edu


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.

Email: cgettings@gc.cuny.edu


Maya Godbole

Advisors: Catherine Good, Sarit Golub

Research Interests: I am broadly interested in gender and stereotyping, with a specific focus on the effects of stigma and subtle undermining of women in academia and the workplace.

Email: mgodbole@gradcenter.cuny.edu


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:
Goldberg, M. H., Carmichael, C. L., & Hardin, C. D. (2015, May). Close relationships reduce belief-threat biases when threatened beliefs are not shared. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, New York, NY. 

Email: Mgoldberg2@gc.cuny.edu


Brian Johnston

Advisor: Demis Glasford

Research Interests: My research is focused on intergroup relations, particularly in examining how the interplay between threat and emotions explain distinct forms of bias. My approach incorporates several theoretical perspectives with the goal of better understanding the various antecedents to intergroup bias in an effort to inform prejudice reduction research.

Recent publications and presentations:
Roseman, I. J., Johnston, B. M., Garguilo, S. P., Floman, J., Bryant, A. D., Frazier, I. R., & Nugent, M. K. (May, 2012). Are some emotions more politically potent than others?Poster presented at the 2012 Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL.

Johnston, B. M., & Roseman, I. J. (May, 2011). Relationships between discrete emotions and sexual orientation prejudice. Poster presented at the 2011 Association for Psychological Science, Washington, DC.

Email: bjohnston1@gc.cuny.edu


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.

Email: mmalvar@gc.cuny.edu


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.

Email: kmilless@gradcenter.cuny.edu


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.

Email: kmodjadidi@gc.cuny.edu


Amanda Bergold

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

Research Interests: I am researching the influence of diverse jury composition on the quality of jury deliberations and on the role of racial stereotypes in eyewitness identification errors.

Email: anicholson@gc.cuny.edu


Carrie Pappas

Advisor: Curtis Hardin

Research Interests: I empirically study the self, particularly how the self functions in social interaction and have used eye tracking during online video chats to explore questions of how and when the self is activated in conversation.

Recent publications and presentations:
Pappas, C., Hardin, C., & Chua, E. (2012, May). Capturing the self on the screen: Eye tracking reveals dynamic function of self in conversation. Talk presented at the Brooklyn College Psychology Department In-House Convention, Brooklyn, NY.

Pappas, C., Hardin, C., & Chua, E. (2012, April). Capturing the self on the screen: Eye tracking reveals dynamic function of self in conversation. Poster presented at the Graduate Center Third Annual All-Psychology Research Day, New York, NY.

Email: cpappas@gc.cuny.edu


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.

Email: isaboshc@hunter.cuny.edu


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.

Email:  rsmith3@gradcenter.cuny.edu


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.

Email: psubedi@gc.cuny.edu


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.

Email: jwylie@gradcenter.cuny.edu