People

Principal Investigator

Keith Maddox

Keith Maddox, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychology, Tufts University
Director, Tufts University Social Cognition Lab

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Education

AB University of Michigan, 1991
MA Social Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara 1995
PhD Social Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara 1998

Professional Associations

American Psychological Association (APA)
Association of Black Psychologists (AbPSI)
Association for Psychological Science (APS)
Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP)
Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI)
Society of Experimental Social Psychology (SESP)

Courses

Psychology 13: Intro to Social Psychology
Psychology 36: Experimental Social Psychology
Psychology 136: Stereotypes, Prejudice, Discrimination
Psychology 139: Social Cognition

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Graduate Students

Muna Akhtar

Muna Akhtar

Education

PhD Expected 2021, Tufts University, Social Psychology
Adviser: Dr. Keith B. Maddox
MS 2017, Tufts University, Social Psychology
Adviser: Dr. Jessica Remedios
BS 2014, Loyola University Chicago
Major: Psychology

Research Interests

Muna's research interests include understanding complex experiences of compound discrimination through an intersectional lens (specifically, the intersection of racism and sexism), identifying factors that affect at woman's willingness to confront discrimination, and how to create conditions under which women and minorities may thrive. Muna is especially interested in sexism-focused research. Researchers have found that sexism is generally treated less seriously than racism, and Muna aims to challenge this perspective (Czopp, Monteith, & Mark, 2006; Rasinski & Czopp, 2010). Many forms of sexism affect women daily and Muna's research is focused on combating sexist interactions, expanding conversations about the sexism that women face daily, and gaining a clearer understanding of how sexism may present itself. Finally, Muna hopes to be a role model for women from multiply-stigmatized backgrounds such as Muna's, as a woman of color.

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Sanjana Kadirvel

Sanjana Kadirvel

Education

PhD Expected 2025, Tufts University, Social Psychology
Adviser: Dr. Keith B. Maddox
BS 2018, UMass Amherst
Major: Psychology

Research Interests

Sanjana's research interests include understanding perceptions of racial minorities and how the social climate renders racial minority groups susceptible to adverse experiences in the United States. Sanjana is interested in identifying strategies to reduce negative affect and promote inter-racial integration.

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Former Visiting Faculty

 
 
Sarah Estow

Sarah Estow

Assistant Professor of Psychology, Guilford College

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Former Graduate Students

Chelsea Crittle

Chelsea Crittle

PhD 2020, Social Psychology
Dissertation: Pathways to Inclusive Excellence for Black Students in STEM.
Advisor: Dr. Keith Maddox
Thesis: Performative "Wokeness": Exploring Blacks' Perceptions of White Allies Who Confront Anti-Black Racism.
Advisor: Dr. Keith Maddox

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Lindsay Hinzman

Lindsay Hinzman

PhD 2018, Social Psychology
Dissertation: Social perception from where we stand: Considering the role of race-conferred social status in face recognition.
Advisor: Dr. Keith Maddox
MS 2016, Social Psychology
Thesis: Coming apart at the seams: When attire and racial phenotypicality cues elicit counter stereotypic person perceptions.
Advisor: Dr. Keith Maddox

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Jennifer Perry

Jennifer Perry

PhD 2018, Social Psychology
Dissertation: Economic anxiety? The interaction of phenotypicality and resource scarcity on threat-driven visual attention to Black men.
Advisor: Dr. Keith Maddox
MS 2012, New York University, Social Psychology
Thesis: Social power causes discordance between neural and self-reported responses to others' pain.
Advisor: Dr. David Amodio

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Alex Borgella

Alex Borgella

PhD 2017, Social Psychology
Dissertation: Cracking wise to break the ice: The role of identity and humor on intergroup judgment.
Advisor: Dr. Keith Maddox
MA, 2012, Psychological Sciences, James Madison University
Thesis: The role of country music in homonegativistic aggression.
Advisor: Dr. Matthew Lee

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Simon Howards

Simon Howard

PhD 2016, Social Psychology
Dissertation: The Effects of Christian Religious Imagery on Anti-Black Attitudes.
Advisor: Dr. Sam Sommers
MS 2014, Social Psychology
Thesis: Examining the Effects of Processing Strategies on the Cross-Race Effect.
Advisor: Dr. Sam Sommers

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Jenni Schultz

Jenni Schultz

PhD 2014, Social Psychology 
Dissertation: It's Not You, It's Me: Using Emotion Regulation Strategies in Interracial Interactions.
Advisor: Dr. Keith Maddox
MS 2011, Social Psychology
Thesis: Shooting the Messenger to Spite the Message: Exploring Reactions to Claims of Racial Discrimination.
Advisor: Dr. Keith Maddox

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Sarah Gaither

Sarah Gaither

Ph.D. 2014, Social Psychology
Dissertation: "Mixed" Biracial Experiences from the Target's and Perceiver's Viewpoint.
Advisor: Dr. Sam Sommers
MS 2011, Social Psychology
Thesis: Having an Outgroup College Roommate Affects Future Interracial Interactions.
Advisor: Dr. Sam Sommers

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Kristin Dukes

Kristin Dukes

PhD 2012, Social Psychology
Dissertation: Does Racial Phenotypicality Bias Apply to Black Women? Exploring the Intersection of Racial Phenotypes and Gender in Stereotyping of Black Women.
Advisor: Dr. Keith Maddox
MS 2007, Social Psychology
Thesis: Distinguishing features of category membership in impression formation.
Advisor: Dr. Keith Maddox

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Omoniyi Adekanmbi

MS 2007, Social Psychology
Thesis: Disparate social costs for attributions to employment discrimination: A comparison of race and gender-based attributions.
Advisor: Dr. Keith Maddox

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Larissa Schyrokyj

MS 2007, Social Psychology
Thesis: Racial perception and perceived competence in helping situations.
Advisor: Dr. Keith Maddox

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Gina Melnik

PhD, 2007, Cognitive Psychology 
Dissertation: Modifications for an improved auditory train warning.
Advisor: Dr. Holly Taylor and Dr. Dan Hannon
MS 2003, Social Psychology 
Thesis: Effects of decision-criteria on in-group bias: Loan bias against women business owners.
Advisor: Dr. Julio Garcia

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Stephanie Gray

PhD 2003, Social Psychology
Dissertation: Parallel perceptions of Black women: The complex interplay of gender and race.
Advisor: Dr. Keith Maddox
MS 2000, Social Psychology 
Thesis: Social categorization of African Americans: The use of skin tone and contextual factors.
Advisor: Dr. Keith Maddox