People

Principal Investigator

Stephanie Fryberg
Dr. Stephanie A. Fryberg is Professor of American Indian Studies and Psychology at the University of Washington. As a social and cultural psychologist, her primary research interests focus on how social representations of race, culture, and social class influence the development of self, psychological well-being, physical health, and educational attainment.
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​Dr. Fryberg provided testimony to the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs regarding the impact of racist stereotypes on Indigenous people, served as an expert witness in the Keepseagle v. USDA class action lawsuit, and consults with National Tribal TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families).  She also received the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues Louise Kidder Early Career Award, the University of Arizona Five Star Faculty Award, and in 2011 was inducted into the Multicultural Alumni Hall of Fame at Stanford University.

Contact Professor Fryberg: fryberg@uw.edu | Curriculum Vitae

 

Research Scientist

Laura Brady
Laura is a research scientist in the Culture Collaboratory. She received her B.A. in Psychology with minors in Gender and Women’s Studies and Professional Writing from DePaul University in 2011. In 2016, Laura completed her doctoral studies in Psychology at the University of Washington where she earned a Ph.D. in Social and Personality Psychology.

Broadly, Laura is interested in understanding issues of race, gender, social class, and education through the lens of culture. She is particularly drawn to research that seeks to solve real world problems of inequality and injustice, and much of her research is driven by a desire to use social psychology to make positive social change. Her dissertation examined how first-generation college students navigate competing cultural expectations and norms coming from their working-class families and middle-class universities and whether these students engage in cultural frame switching as they move between social class contexts.  As a research scientist, she is working on a project examining whether growth mindset interventions can be more efficacious in reducing racial and social class academic achievement gaps by working to change classroom cultures rather than targeting individual students.

​When she is not working in the lab, Laura can usually be found experimenting with recipes in the kitchen. Some of her favorite recent culinary discoveries include strawberry chia seed jam, dutch oven bread, and caramelized peach pancakes.

​Contact Laura, ​laurab33@uw.edu | Curriculum Vitae

 

Graduate Students

Imani Burris currently works with Professors Stephanie Fryberg and Sapna Cheryan. He earned his B.A. in Psychology from UC Santa Barbara in 2017. As an undergraduate, Imani conducted research under the guidance of the McNair Scholars Program from 2015-2017. His research interests include social identity development among adolescents and its relationship to academic performance and well-being. Imani’s research aims to reduce the achievement gap among adolescent students by implementing interventions within classrooms. Aside from his work in the lab, Imani enjoys traveling abroad, listening to and creating music, and binge-watching the latest Netflix series.

Contact Imani: imanib@uw.edu

 

Doris Dai
Second-year
Contact Doris: daij9412@uw.edu

 


Julisa Lopez is a first generation student. She is originally from Madera, CA and received her B.A. in Psychology from UC Santa Cruz in 2018. Her research interest broadly include culture matching, social representations, and educational attainment of underrepresented students, particularly among Native populations. More specifically, she explores how representations in the university shape the experiences (e.g., well-being, academic achievement) of students with marginalized identities (e.g., gender, race, social class). Julisa’s research aims to support and retain underserved students by developing theory-based interventions that reshape positive representations. In her free time, she enjoys going to the beach, spending time with her family and exploring Seattle.

Contact Julisa: jujlopez@uw.edu

 

Lab Manager

Jenny Yang
As a full-time Lab Manager, Jenny supervises Research Assistants and oversees the day-to-day operations of the lab. She coordinates the lab’s research projects on race, culture, and social class, as well as school interventions around Seattle. Jenny earned her B.A. in Psychology and Global Health, Culture, and Society (GHCS) from Emory University in 2016. She is interested in how birth order influences identity and motivation. In her free time, Jenny likes to take long walks, listen to Roman History podcasts, and study Korean.

Contact Jenny, jyifang@uw.edu

 

Honors Students

As an honors student under Professor Yuichi Shoda and Research Scientist Laura Brady, Suyi Leong‘s project focuses on developing cultural models of family between first-generation and continuing-generation college students. Originally from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and having lived in Shanghai, China for 8 years, she is primarily interested in challenges individuals face while transitioning into a different cultural context. She is currently a gap year research assistant. Outside of lab, Suyi loves traveling, collecting and solving jigsaw puzzles.

 

Jordan Epistola
Graduate Student at University of Maryland – Social Psychology

 

Research Assistants

Current: Xinmeng Wang, Mingwei Gao, Cindy Tsou, Ardini Batrisyia, Abby Lim, Seongyong Hong, Aki Eisenman-Shoda

Former: Lina Nguyen, Jeong Moon Vanessa Lee, Faarah Misbah, Ying Zheng, Elly Cai, Jelwyn Agbayani, Thomas Nielson, Gurleen Grewal, Coco Ho, Monica Yen, Kylie Milano, Brittany Scheuch, Ashley Enlow