Lab News and Current Events

SDS Research Group well-represented at the 2017 Society for Personality and Social Psychology annual conference

During the 2017 Society for Personality and Social Psychology annual conference, members of the SDS Research group worked as volunteer staff and gave presentations on current research, including a talk at the Social Psychology, Policy and Law preconference, a datablitz at the Health preconference, and three poster presentations, including a poster with former SDS research assistant, Austin Wilcox (pictured). 

Carla A. Zimmerman awarded a 2016-2017 Dissertation Fellowship

carla-zimmermanCongratulation to Carla A. Zimmerman, Ph.D. Candidate in Social Psychology who has been selected to receive a Texas A&M University Dissertation Fellowship for the 2016-2017 academic year.  The TAMU Office of Graduate and Professional Studies assists the awardees with costs associated with their doctoral dissertations and sponsors a Dissertation/Thesis Writing Retreat to assist fellows in progressing through the difficult writing stages of the dissertation and towards its completion.

Professor Carter-Sowell selected to speak at the AAPO First Friday Lecture.

First Friday AAPODuring the First Friday Lecture scheduled for December 2, 2016, Dr. Adrienne R. Carter-Sowell will lead a discussion on Perceptions of Professional Fit.

 The First Friday Lecture Series is presented by the African-American Professional Organization (AAPO) and is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Diversity. The one-hour lecture is broadcasted from Studio M of the Moore Communications Center—the home of KAMU TV-FM—on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station.

Welcome Jericka Battle, from Desoto, TX to Texas A&M University

jerikaJericka Battle, Graduate Student in the TAMU Social Psychology Program, is joining our research group as of the 2016 – 2017 academic year. Jericka is a recipient of the Texas A&M University Office of Graduate and Professional Studies Diversity Fellowship. She received her B. A. from Hendrix College in May 2016.

Congratulations to Carla A. Zimmerman, Graduate Student in the TAMU Social Psychology Program, for her service to the profession.

Carla has been appointed to the Psychology of Women Quarterly Student Advisory Board Editorial Staff published by the American Psychological Association’s (Division 35) Society for the Psychology of Women.

Congratulations to Jane E. M. Carter, Graduate Student in the TAMU Clinical Psychology Program, for her service to the profession.

Jane has been appointed to the American Psychological Association’s (Division 12) Society of Clinical Psychology Committee on Diversity.


Congratulations to Dr. Carter-Sowell who is the recipient of the 2016 Carolyn Payton Early Career Publication Award

Dr. Carter-Sowell received the 2016 Carolyn Payton Early Career Publication Award, sponsored by the American Psychological Association, Division 35, Section I, for a theoretically based, peer-reviewed publication that demonstrates creativity and distinguishes itself as making a major contribution to deepening the understanding of the psychology of Black Women.

Carter-Sowell, A. R. & Zimmerman, C. A. (2015). Hidden in plain sight: Locating, validating, and advocating the stigma experiences of women of color. Sex Roles: A Journal of Research (Feminist Forum), 73, 399-407.

Congratulations to Dr. Carter-Sowell who has won the Texas A&M University Diversity Service Award

The ACE Awards (formerly Diversity Awards) are sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs, Office for Diversity, Department of Multicultural Services, Department of Disability Services, Women’s Resource Center, Aggie Allies, Consensual Language, Education, Awareness, and Relationships Office and Student Government Association Diversity Commission. The Awards acknowledge and honor students, faculty and staff for their demonstrated commitment to the Texas A&M core value of RESPECT by promoting respectful treatment of others, affirming and encouraging individuals to take pride in their social and cultural identities, and including all in their definition of the “Aggie Family”.  The ACE Awards were renamed in 2016 in the spirit of the Texas A&M Diversity Plan, which centers award criteria on the three overarching goals of the Diversity Plan: Accountability, Climate, and Equity.and the Women’s Progress Award.  The award ceremony will be held in the MSC Building, room 2300 on Wednesday, April 13th at 11:30am. For more information go to:

Congratulations to Dr. Carter-Sowell who has won the Texas A&M University Women’s Resource Center Award.

The Women’s Progress Award, sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center, honors students, staff, faculty, and administrators who encourage and promote sensitivity to and awareness of issues that relate to women. Faculty nominees must foster an environment that is supportive to the needs of women and provide class content and lectures that are inclusive in their approach and sensitivity to women’s issues. For more information go to:

Dr. Carter-Sowell Selected for TAMU Diversity Matters Seed Grant

Congratulations to Dr. Adrienne R.  Carter-Sowell, who has received a Texas A&M Diversity Matters Seed Grant to support her research!  This program is intended to advance creative research initiatives that seek to accelerate progress in achieving equity in representation and professional recognition of under-represented groups at Texas A&M University.

Maiya Whiteside successfully completes the Texas A&M University-American Psychological Association (TAMU-APA) Undergraduate Summer Scholars Program

Maiya Whiteside received a position in the 2016 APA Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity. She joined our research group for the 2016 summer session. This research intensive program provided hands-on training that makes students more competitive when applying for top doctoral programs. Maiya plans to continue her participation in our multi-campus, collaborative research project on gender stereotypes when she returns to North Carolina State University for the 2016-2017 academic year.