Doctoral Student, Psychology


  • B.A. Psychology, Rutgers University, New Brunswick
  • B.A. Latino and Caribbean Studies, Rutgers University, New Brunswick

Research and Background:

I am interested in researching the effects that prejudice, racism, and discrimination have on perceptions of self, identity, and behavior among Latinos and other minority groups in the US. In particular, I am interested in studying the extent to which identification is related to how we see ourselves phenotypically, and if and how this relationship is affected by other factors, such as the need for affiliation.

Current project:

My current project examines the effect that exposure to African American exemplars, such as Barack Obama, have on African American adolescents’ self-stereotyping. Our data suggests that exposure to exemplars decreases the degree of self-stereotyping, but only among individuals who strongly identify as African Americans.