Lab Director: Kim Chaney, PhD

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Social Psychologist
Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences
University of Connecticut
My research focuses on lay theories of prejudice—theories everyday people have about the ways prejudice operates in society—prejudice confrontations, and ecological influences. By examining basic and applied questions about how people perceive, experience, and combat prejudice in their day to day lives, my research aims to broaden our understanding of prejudice and stigma, especially as it relates to cognitive, health and behavioral outcomes.

Graduate Students

Andrew Cortopassi

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Andrew is a fifth-year student in the social psychology program at UConn, conducting his dissertation research on stigma construal processes with Kim Chaney and Diane Quinn. Broadly, his research interests center around the construction of stigma and how, once affixed, people are kept down, in, and out. For fun, he follows the Brooklyn comedy scene and likes being on the beach.

Duc Pham

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My name is Duc Pham. I grew up in Saigon, Vietnam and recently graduated from Hamilton College with a B.A. in Psychology. My research interests center around stigma, prejudice, culture, and health, especially among multiply stigmatized people. Through my works, I hope to elucidate and enhance the lived experiences of stigmatized individuals. In my free time, I like to spend time in nature, go to a cute cafe (to write, read, and people-watch), and conduct my own arts projects.

Emma Wedell

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My name is Emma Wedell. I recently completed my M.S. in Experimental Psychology from the College of William & Mary. My research interests include confrontation of prejudice and discrimination and the individual differences and circumstances that predict how people think about and respond to prejudice.

Undergraduate Students

Marley Forbes
        Marley is a rising senior at UConn majoring in Psychology and is currently completing a SURF (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship) in the LTP Lab examining perceptions of LGBTQ+ groups on campus, including contextual factors which shape their utility for LGBTQ+ well-being.