Graduate Student Advisees

Jaren Crist

Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Texas A&M University

Jaren Crist is currently a doctoral student in the Social-Personality Psychology Program at Texas A&M University and an awardee of the Graduate Diversity Fellowship. Jaren was born in Palestine, TX. Jaren graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2018 with a B.S. in psychology.  Jaren’s research interest includes studying how racial and cultural identities influence reactions to social exclusion in different social contexts.

Ran Wang

Ph.D. Candidate, Social and Personality Psychology,
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Texas A&M University

Ran Wang is a Ph.D. candidate in the Social and Personality Psychology Program at the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Texas A&M University. She received her B.S. from Purdue University in Psychological Science with Research-Focused Honors, and her M.S. from Tilburg University in Social and Behavioral Science, track of Social Psychology. Ran’s research interests include examining mechanisms to reduce the effects of ostracism. She is specifically interested in individuals’ perceptions of ostracism and how different interpretations of the ostracism event influence ostracism’s effect.

Our research team is actively recruiting applicants to be considered for funded, highly competitive positions in the Doctoral Degree Program of the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences (PBSI).

Opportunities are available for enrollment in the upcoming academic year. Please contact Dr. Carter-Sowell at with your interests, questions, or for more information about joining the Science for a Diverse Society (SDS) research group.