People

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR:


KENTARO FUJITA received his B.A. in psychology from Harvard College, and his M.A. and PhD. in psychology from New York University. He is currently a Professor of Psychology at OSU. He is broadly interested in how motivation and cognition dynamically interact to influence evaluation, judgment, decision, and behavior. His most recent work examines the cognitive and motivational mechanisms that underlie self-control decisions and other self-regulatory phenomena. He is also interested in what motivates change at the individual-, group-, and system-level. [cv]

 

POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOWS:


ASAEL SKLAR received his B.A. and M.A in psychology, and completed his graduate studies in psychology in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is currently a post-doctoral researcher at the Ohio State University Psychology Department. His research interests include consciousness, high level unconscious processing, high level cognition, motivation and self-control, as well as their intersections. He is currently studying how different factors, including individual differences, shape the contents of conscious experience and the cognitive and motivational underpinnings of self-control processes.

 

DAVID LEE received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan, and his M.S. and PhD. in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. He is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in Social Psychology at the Ohio State University. Broadly, he is interested in how people can leverage their social connections to achieve important goals and thrive. His recent work has examined this issue in contexts that span from social support interactions to online social network interactions.

 

PRIMARY & SECONDARY DOCTORAL STUDENTS:


NICOLE DUSTHIMER received her B.A. in psychology from Miami University and her M.A. in psychology from Ohio State University. She is currently a fifth-year doctoral student in the Social Psychology program. Her research primarily focuses on the role of motivation and cognition in how we achieve our goals and self-control success. In particular, her current work focuses on understanding the role of construal level in how people succeed or fail in self-control.

 


TINA NGUYEN received her B.S. in psychology from the University of Oklahoma and her M.A. in psychology from Ohio State University. Tina is currently a third-year doctoral student in the Social Psychology program. She is broadly interested in motivation, self-regulation, and goals. Her current research examines metamotivation–what people understand about motivation and their goal-directed regulation of motivational states and orientations. She aims to examine whether people have metamotivational knowledge and to what extent they can implement this knowledge to promote goal pursuit and self-regulatory outcomes.

 

 

SHAUNA AYRES received a B.S. in Psychology and a B.S. in Health Promotion & Education from the University of Utah. She also attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she earned a Master’s in Public Health (MPH). Shauna is currently a second-year doctoral student in the Decision Psychology program. Her research interests include understanding the mechanisms of how, when, and why people make a variety of health-related decisions. Ultimately, she aims to create and/or improve health interventions to increase positive health outcomes at the individual level and, in the end, the population level.

 

PHUONG LE received her B.A. in Psychology and International Studies from the University at Buffalo, SUNY. She is a first-year doctoral student in the Social Psychology program. Her research interests encompass topics in motivation, self-regulation, and perspectives. She is currently interested in investigating how social processes affect goal pursuit.

 

 

SEULBEE LEE received her B.B.A. in Business Administration from Sogang University and M.A. in Psychology from Yonsei University. Seulbee is currently a first-year doctoral student in the Social Psychology program. Her research interests broadly include emotion, motivation, self-control, and construal level. She is primarily interested in exploring the role of psychological factors in self-control and decision-making.

 

LAURA WALLACE received her B.A. in Organizational Communication from Xavier University and her M.A. in psychology from Ohio State University.  She is currently a sixth-year doctoral student in the Social Psychology program. She is interested in advocacy and people’s desire to improve society. Recently, she has examined the conditions under which people perceive advocates as biased and the consequences this perception of bias has for the advocate’s effectiveness. Laura has also explored how people manage the choice to defend or improve their social systems when they learn that the system is flawed.

 

 

STEPHANIE REEVES completed a B.A. in psychology from the University of Colorado and an M.A. in psychology from the University of Texas. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the Social Psychology program. Stephanie’s research focuses primarily on stigma and intergroup relations. In particular, her current projects examine how cues in the environment, such as subtle behaviors of majority group members or the structures or policies of an organization, can shape outcomes for members of stigmatized groups.

 

 

ALLISON LONDERÉE received her B.S. in Neuroscience from the Ohio State University. She is currently a second-year doctoral student in the Social Psychology program. Broadly, Allison seeks to examine the intersection between cognitive control and affective processes and how these processes impact motivation, reward and self-control in day-to-day life. Ultimately, she plans to elucidate neural markers that can characterize individual differences in behavioral function.

 

LAB ALUMNI:

JENN N. BELDING, PHD
JESSICA J. CARNEVALE, PHD
MAUREEN A. CRAIG, PHD
KATHERINE M. DARWENT, PHD
STEPHANIE D. FREIS, PHD
MICAH B. GOLDFARB, PHD
SARA GREAVES, M.A.
H. ANNA HAN, PHD
GINA M. HOOVER, PHD
INDIA R. JOHNSON, PHD
KAREN E. MACGREGOR, PHD
REYLISSA MIRANTI, M.A.
HYOJIN LEE, PHD
JOSEPH C. ROBERTS, PHD
JO A. SASOTA, PHD
BRITTANY L. SHOOTS-REINHARD, PHD
PAUL E. STILLMAN, PHD