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Doctoral Students

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MARIAN ADAMS

My background in art, as well as social psychology, has informed my current research on social support. My research explores the impact of reciprocity norms and emotions, such as gratitude and indebtedness, on helping behaviors. My dissertation is focused on people’s tendency to underestimate their likelihood of receiving help from others. I believe norms of reciprocity can contribute to our understanding of this effect. In addition to my own research, I am proud of my role as a research methods instructor and mentor in the Lang Social Science Fellowship program. 

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ZHENLAN WANG

I was born in China and finished my undergraduate degree in social psychology in Belarus. In ongoing developmental research, I assess cultural influences on everyday helping behaviors, such as in examining cultural differences in willingness to sacrifice for parents, and cultural messages for social support conveyed in children’s storybooks.  In my research with adults, I am assessing ways that contrasting face concerns give rise to culturally variable styles of advice giving and am documenting culturally distinctive patterns of motivation in social regulation. Outside the lab, I serve as an intern for the American Psychological Association at the United Nations. 

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JESSICA ENGELBRECHT

I am interested in cross-cultural differences in social cognition and moral behaviors such as gossip and social support. I am also currently investigating mate value judgments and LGBTQ psychology with collaborators outside the lab. Prior to attending NSSR, I worked in an infant development lab at Rochester Institute of Technology, and researched educational motivation with a TOESL program in Japan. Drawing on my experience as editor of the New School Psychology Bulletin, I work as a graduate writing tutor at The New School. 

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GEN TSUDAKA

Despite how we make sense-of-others (Theory of Mind), not much is known on how we come to develop our sense-of-place (Theory of Place). Through  interdisciplinary and cross-cultural approaches, my current research aims at addressing cognitive (metacognition of place), social (the role of place on trust and social coordination), and developmental dimensions (the internalizing and sharing of symbolic norms) of psychological place.

JIANGXUE VALENTINA NING

Born and raised in China and attended schools in Thailand and the U.S., I became interested in how culture and other types of information influence our judgments and mental representation of the world. I am co-advised by Dr. Joan Miller and Dr. Ben van Buren to investigate my research interests. Prior to the New School, I completed my B.A. in liberal arts at St. John’s College and worked as a full-time research assistant in Experience and Cognition Lab at Cornell University. 

Masters Students

HONG B. NGUYEN

I was born and raised in Viet Nam. I received my BS in Psychology from Manhattan College, where I was a secretary for Psi Chi (The International Honor Society in Psychology). I want to address the importance of the influences of culture and environment on motivation and social cognition. My current research addresses the question, “How does failure influence one’s motivation to achieve in a cross-cultural context?” Other than research, I am a proud dog mom who enjoys playing the ukulele.

VALENCIA SIMON

I am from Charlotte, NC and I received my BA in Community Health from Brown University. My background in Public Health and in particular the theory of the social determinants of health informs my work in the field of Psychology. I am interested in the effects of culture and other environmental factors on the individual's development of motivation, grit, and resilience. 

Alumni

Chloe Bland

Associate Professor
Psychology Department
College of Saint Elizabeth
Tenafly, New Jersey

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Namrata Goyal

Associate Research Scholar 

Columbia Business School.

Columbia University

New York, New York

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Chiung-Yi Tseng

Assistant Professor

Department of Counseling and Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Ming Chuan University
Taipei, Taiwan

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Matthew Wice

Assistant Professor

Department of Psychology
SUNY New Paltz
New Paltz, New York

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International collaborators

Anne Maass

Professor

Department of Developmental Psychology and Socialisation

University of Padova

Minoru Karasawa

Professor

Department of Psychology

Nagoya University

Nagoya, Japan

Shagufa Kapadia

Professor

Department of Human Development and Family Studies

The M.S.University of Baroda

Vadodara, India

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Tomoko Matsui

Professor

Department of Psychology

Tokyo Gakugei University

Koganei, Japan