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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

Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Texas A&M University

Ran Wang is pursuing research training in the Social and Personality Psychology graduate studies program at Texas A&M University.  She was funded by the NSF AGEP TxARM project as a graduate researcher for the 2019-2020 academic year. 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.

Emily Johnson

Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Texas A&M University

Emily Johnson is a doctoral student in the Social and Personality Psychology Program at Texas A&M University. She is being funded by the NSF AGEP TxARM project as a graduate researcher for the 2020-2021 academic year. She received both her B.S. in Psychology and M.S. in Psychological Sciences from Arkansas State University.  For her Master’s thesis, she studied how a combination of touch and religion can be used to mitigate the negative effects of ostracism. Her research interests include how individuals can cope effectively with ostracism and assessing individual differences in sensitivity to perceived ostracism experiences. Emily has presented her work at both regional and international conferences.  Emily is a native of Arkansas and she looks forward to more opportunities for travel while living in Texas.

Ta’Niss Robinson

Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Texas A&M University

Ta’Niss Robinson is an Industrial/Organizational Psychology master’s student in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Texas A&M University. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Winthrop University, located in Rock Hill, SC, where she worked in the Office of Diversity and Student Engagement as a Diversity Peer Educator. She joined the Science for a Diverse Society Research Group to continue supporting diversity work. She conducted undergraduate research as a Ronald E. McNair Scholar where her research centered around formal mentoring relationships. Her research interests, related to her graduate studies, include evaluating mentoring relationships and designing workplace diversity initiatives. Ta’Niss is on track to complete her Master’s degree program and graduate by the end of 2020.

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 acsdiversitysciences.org with your interests, questions, or for more information about joining the Science for a Diverse Society (SDS) research group.