Dr. Erin Hennes

Principal Investigator

Dr. Erin Hennes is an Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences and Political Science at Purdue University and the director of both the Social Cognition of Social Justice Lab and the SuperPower Project. Dr. Hennes is also a faculty affiliate of the Purdue Center for the Environment and the Purdue Climate Change Research Center. Dr. Hennes holds a BA in Music, Psychology, and Liberal Arts & Management from Indiana University and a PhD in Social Psychology with a minor in Quantitative Methods from New York University. Following graduation, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles and a Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Email: ehennes@purdue.edu

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Layla Dang

Graduate Student

Layla Dang is a second-year Social Psychology doctoral student in the Department of Psychological Sciences. Broadly, she is interested in examining the psychological processes that allow systemic social inequities to persist as well as those that engender social change. In a current line of research, she is investigating whether the characteristics of those who challenge the status quo influence the degree to which their recommendations for change are dismissed. Prior to beginning her graduate work, Layla graduated from St. Olaf College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and was subsequently the Lab Manager of the Social Cognition of Social Justice lab from 2018 to 2019.

Email: dang24@purdue.edu

Aijia Gao

Graduate Student

Aijia Gao joined the Social Cognition of Social Justice lab as a PhD student in Fall 2020. Prior to Purdue, she earned a BA in Intensive Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2018, and a MA in Psychology from Wake Forest University in 2020. During her undergraduate years, she managed the UCSC infant lab and wrote a thesis with Dr. Su-hua Wang on cultural differences in social-cognitive development through observing parent-infant interactions. After UCSC, she went on to refine her research interests through working with Dr. Eric Stone at WFU. There, she used eye-tracking technology to research how different visual aid formats can impact people's interpretation of risk information and their subsequent decision-making. Her current research interests lie broadly in the realm of investigating how social and cognitive theories work together to comprehensively predict how people judge information crucial to their decision-making and real-world behavior. She is especially passionate about applying this work to improve communication and intervention practices for social justice issues like climate change. In her free time, she loves to learn new skills (e.g., coding), read, and explore the outdoors.

Email: gao598@purdue.edu

Taeik Kim

Graduate Student

Taeik Kim joined the Social Cognition of Social Justice Lab as a Ph.D. student in Fall 2019. He completed his BA in Psychology at Yeungnam University in South Korea and completed his Master’s degree in Cultural and Social Psychology at Korea University. His research interests primarily focus on social inequality (e.g., economic and gender inequality) and its impact on the human mind and behavior. He is currently building a theoretical framework to understand social inequality through the lens of intertemporal decision-making. He is also interested in motivational and cognitive processes associated with people’s views on environmental issues and their subsequent behaviors. In his spare time, he writes piano music and enjoys playing the piano.

 

Email: kim3210@purdue.edu

Janel Jett

Graduate Student

Janel Jett is a PhD student in the Department of Political Science primarily advised by Drs. Leigh Raymond and Rosalee Clawson. Her major field is American politics and her main research interests are political communication, political psychology, and public opinion. More specifically, her research focuses on understanding how nontraditional media sources serve as sources of political information and how those sources shape policy attitudes. She has been collaborating with the Social Cognition of Social Justice Lab since 2018, where she examines the impact of progressive vs. restorative policy frames on attitudes regarding anthropogenic climate change in the United States and France. She was the recipient of a Chateaubriand Fellowship to conduct this research in Paris, France for the Spring 2020 semester.

Email: jettj@purdue.edu

Yanzi Huang

Lab Manager

Yanzi Huang received a BS in Applied Psychology from Hong Kong Baptist University in 2018, and a MA in Psychology from New York University in 2020. She is interested in understanding how top-down factors (e.g., attitudes, stereotypes, ideology) shape social perception and intergroup relations, with a particular focus on issues related to gender and racial biases. Her previous research experience concerns impacts of social group membership on one’s social-psychological experience, ranging from face perception of traits to the feeling of belongingness in math. In her MA thesis, she employed an intersectional approach examining how people perceive female leaders who violate gender stereotypes. She hopes to pursue a Ph.D in Social Psychology in the future.

 

Email: huan1654@purdue.edu

Research-Focused Honors Program Scholar

Katie Mason is a senior majoring in psychology and political science. She joined the lab as a high school student in 2016 and has been a Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation scholar since 2018. She also completed the Diversity Science Research Experience at the University of Washington in 2019, working with Drs. Sapna Cheryan and Linda Zou. Her research interests broadly lie within the psychology of social justice. She is interested in (a) why people are resistant to positive social change, instead defending flawed systems, and (b) stereotyping and prejudice on the basis of racial and gender identity. She is interested in how scientists, politicians, the media, and universities can encourage change that promotes equity. In the future, she plans to apply to graduate school in social psychology.

 

Email: mason109@purdue.edu 

Research Assistants

Jasna Hardin is a licensed pharmacist. She graduated from Purdue University with a PharmD in 2016 and joined the Social Cognition of Social Justice Lab in 2019. She is interested in understanding how technology, and especially AI, influences intra- and interpersonal processes. She hopes to pursue a career in social psychology. She will be joining the Master's program in Psychology at New York University in Fall 2021.

Email: hardin.jasna@gmail.com

Taewon Kang is a senior majoring in Psychology. He joined the Social Cognition of Social Justice Lab in 2019. He is interested in the intersection between social psychology and human rights. In the future, he hopes to work for an international human rights organization.

 

Email: kang212@purdue.edu

Hannah Mullin is a senior majoring in Psychology with minors in Sociology and Human Development & Family Sciences. She joined the Social Cognition of Social Justice Lab in 2020. Hannah is interested in the connection between political ideologies and motivated reasoning, how opinions change with exposure to new ideas and environments, and working toward better inclusion and equality in academic and workplace settings. Post-graduation, Hannah plans to pursue a master's degree in social work with a concentration on mental heath.

Email: mullinh@purdue.edu

Kanika Rao is a junior studying User Experience Design with minors in Psychology and Communication. She joined the Social Cognition of Social Justice Lab in 2020. Her interests lie in project management, data visualization, and user research. She is particularly interested in targeted strategies for enhancing user experience among members of underprivileged communities and using UX design to enacting direct social change.

Email: rao100@purdue.edu

Young-Ju Ryu is a Master’s student in Psychology at New York University. She joined the Social Cognition of Social Justice Lab in 2020. Her research interest is motivation, especially how to apply motivational findings in political areas to encourage political engagement. Young-Ju plans to pursue a PhD after graduation and continue her career as a researcher.

Email: ryu65@purdue.edu 

Donny Snyder is a Spring 2020 graduate of Purdue University, with a major in Psychology and a double minor in Political Science and Peace Studies. He joined the Social Cognition of Social Justice Lab in 2019. Donny is interested in personality and political ideology change, persuasion, and opinion formation. Donny is interested in pursuing a PhD in Political Science.

Emailsnyde165@purdue.edu 

Priyanka Subramanyam is a sophomore double majoring in Brain & Behavioral Science and French with a minor in Human Resource Management. She joined the Social Cognition of Social Justice Lab in 2021. She is interested in racial disparities and their persisting impacts in the realms of wealth, health and education. Upon graduation, she plans to attend law school.

Email: psubrah@purdue.edu

Sydney Wicks is a senior majoring in psychology with minors in sociology & marketing at Mississippi State University. He joined the SCSJ Lab in 2021 through SPSP’s Social Psychology Undergraduate Research Program. His interests primarily center around social influence and interpersonal relationships. After graduation, he plans to attend graduate school to pursue a PhD in social psychology.

Email: sgw136@msstate.edu

Lab Alumni

Mysha Clarke (PhD) was a graduate affiliate of the SCSJ Lab from 2016 to 2018. She completed a PhD in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources and is now an Assistant Professor of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources at the University of Florida.

Xiaofang (Viola) Zheng (PhD) was a graduate affiliate of the SCSJ Lab from 2017 to 2020. She completed her PhD in Mathematical and Computational Psychology. 

Brittany Mihalec-Adkins was a research assistant and graduate affiliate of the SCSJ Lab from 2015 to 2017. She is now enrolled in the PhD program in Human Development and Family Studies at Purdue University.

Adam Hampton (MS) was a Master's student in the SCSJ Lab from 2016 to 2019. He is now a Student Success Coach at Washburn University.

Kimberly Ordonez was a graduate affiliate of the SCSJ Lab from 2017 to 2020. She completed an MS in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources and is now enrolled in the PhD program in Environmental Social Sciences at The Ohio State University.

Ezgi Ozgumus was the lab manager of the SCSJ Lab from 2017 to 2018. She is now enrolled in the PhD program in Organisational Behaviour at London Business School.

Leslie Remache was the lab manager of the SCSJ Lab from 2019 to 2020. She is now enrolled in the MA program in Social Psychology at Ball State University.

Emily Boyne (EdS) was a research assistant in the SCSJ Lab from 2015 to 2016. She subsequently completed the EdS program in School Psychology at The Ohio State University.

Hayley Green was a research assistant in the SCSJ Lab in 2017. She is now enrolled in the MSc program in International Migration and Public Policy at The London School of Economics and Political Science.

Thomas Hamori (MS) was a research assistant in the SCSJ Lab in 2017. He is now enrolled in the PhD program in Applied Mathematics at the University of South Carolina.

Celine Jusuf was a research assistant in the SCSJ Lab from 2018 to 2019. She is now enrolled in the MA program in Psychology at San Diego State University.

Sungmin (Derek) Kahng was a research assistant at the SCSJ Lab from 2018 to 2020. He is now enrolled in the PhD program in Psychology at the University of Kentucky.

Zehan (Leo) Li (MHS) was a research assistant in the SCSJ Lab from 2017 to 2018. He is now enrolled in the MS program in Health Sciences Informatics at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Colby Light was a research assistant in the SCSJ Lab in 2017. He is now enrolled in the MSc program in Socio-Ecological Economics and Policy program at WU Vienna (Austria).

Diana Lizarazo Pereira was a research assistant in the SCSJ Lab in 2017. She is now enrolled in the MSc program in the Psychology of Global Mobility Inclusion & Diversity in Society program at the University of Limerick.

Antonia Roach was a research assistant at the SCSJ Lab from 2017 to 2018. She is now enrolled in the MS program in Higher Education at Syracuse University.

Stefanie Walsh was a research assistant in the SCSJ Lab from 2017 to 2020. She is now enrolled in the Master of Science in Business Analytics and Information Management program at Purdue University.

Xiyao Ge was a summer intern in the SCSJ Lab visiting from Reed College in 2017. He is now enrolled in the MS program in applied statistics and psychometrics at Boston College. 

Kelly Velazquez was a Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) scholar in the SCSJ Lab in 2019. She is now enrolled in the PhD program in Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

The Social Cognition of Social Justice Laboratory

Purdue University

Department of Psychological Sciences

Department of Political Science

703 Third Street

West Lafayette, IN 47907

(765) 494-4833

ehennes@purdue.edu