Research Staff

Asha Ganesan

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Psychological and Brain Sciences
Texas A&M University

Asha Ganesan is currently a postdoctoral research associate at the Department of Psychological and Brian Sciences at TAMU. She was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and received a Ph.D in Social Psychology from The University of Sydney. Her research focuses on an interdisciplinary approach to culture and gender, encompassing both intersectional and evolutionary frameworks – specifically looking at how power and privilege dynamics as well as related social cognition impact individuals and intergroup relations. ​Over the years, she has also been involved in research touching on prejudice, gender-based power. and health-related cognition. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, reading sci-fi and fantasy, gaming, and working out.

Gabe H. Miller

Graduate Student Instructor, Department of Sociology
Texas A&M University

Gabe H. Miller is a medical sociologist with research and teaching interests in health disparities, political and policy determinants of health, LGBT health, critical race theory and racism, and racial and ethnic relations. He received a B.A. in Political Science and Africana Studies from Texas A&M University and is currently a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Sociology at Texas A&M University with concentrations in health disparities and racial and ethnic relations. He currently serves as Research Staff for the Science for a Diverse Society (SDS) Research Group, teaches courses on race and ethnicity and research methods, and advises undergraduate students and organizations at Texas A&M University. He is completing dissertation research on the Political and Policy Determinants of HIV/AIDS outcomes.

Carla Zimmerman

Assistant Professor, Psychology
Colorado State University – Pueblo

Dr. Carla Zimmerman is an Assistant Professor at Colorado State University – Pueblo. Carla completed her doctoral degree at Texas A&M University in August 2017. Her research examines the predictors and consequences of ostracism – being ignored and excluded by others. Specifically, she studies how people cope with ostracism and the psychological and interpersonal effects of such coping methods. Another area of study focuses on gender as a predictor of chronic ostracism in male-dominated workplaces. Dr. Zimmerman serves as a Research Consultant on The Texas A&M System AGEP Alliance: A Model to Advance Historically Underrepresented Minorities in the STEM Professoriate. Project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) from 2017-2022.

Research Staff Alumni

Teysha L. Bowser

Teysha L. Bowser is enrolled in the Counselor Education and Supervision doctoral program at the University of Nevada-Reno Fall 2017. Tesha was elected to serve as the 2018-2019 Graduate Representative for the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES). Teysha received her Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from New Mexico State University. Her research interests include racial microaggressions/gendered racial microaggressions. Teysha started as a Research Assistant in the Ostracism Impact lab in the 2012 and quickly became an invaluable member of the team. Teysha was promoted to a Senior Research Assistant, she was hired as a Lab Manager to coordinate ongoing studies, and Teysha was awarded a Research Travel Award. This sponsorship permitted Teysha to travel and present research findings at a data blitz session held at the 2012 Groups Preconference of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology in Austin, TX. Teysha was honored as a Diversity Fund Undergraduate Award Winner from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP). As a result of winning this award, Teysha received complimentary registration for the SPSP annual meeting and she presented research results during a poster session on a collaborative project. Teysha is TAMU Class ‘14.

Peter Newman

Peter Newman works as an Emergency Room Volunteer and Medical Assistant in Austin, TX. As an undergraduate student, Pete started as a Research Assistant in the Ostracism Impact lab in the 2011 fall semester and he immediately contributed to all aspects of our research program. Pete completed the CITI Training course for the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). Recently, Pete submitted applications to attend Medical School using the Texas A &M University Office of Professional School Advising (OPSA) service. Pete is TAMU Class ‘13.

Melissa Ochoa-Garza

Melissa Ochoa-Garza is a Sociology doctorate student at Texas A&M University. Her main focus is on sexism under the advisors, Dr. Joe Feagin and Dr. Jane Sell. She is also currently obtaining a Women’s and Gender Studies certificate from Texas A&M University. Melissa’s research seeks to understand the contexts in which sexism is experienced among racial groups. She attended Purdue University for her undergraduate degrees, Psychology and Public Relations & Rhetorical Advocacy. Melissa is very involved within her department and campus community. As a first generation Mexican American woman attending graduate school, Melissa struggled to find a mentor to facilitate the process her first year. Understanding the importance of mentorship, especially for minority students, she founded and leads a graduate mentor program in the Sociology department at Texas A&M University. The program has been very successful in helping incoming graduate students navigate graduate school. Melissa is also President of Hispanic/Latino Graduate Student Association, which is an organization dedicated to bringing together Hispanic/Latino graduate students throughout campus for social events and support. Melissa Ochoa-Garza understands the struggle for women of color to be supported in academia, a White, male-dominated space, and seeks to create visibility through her research and leadership in organizations.

JaNiene E. Peoples

JaNiene E. Peoples serves as a Student Wellbeing Coordinator for the Center for Student Wellbeing. JaNiene earned a Master of Science in Health Education from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Performance with a concentration in Exercise and Sports Science from the University of Memphis. She has instructed undergraduate students on a number of health and wellness practices, including exercise, nutrition, weight management, stress and performance management, tobacco and alcohol use, and sexually transmitted infections. JaNiene understands the need for health behavior change and is committed to providing the most effective services to vulnerable populations.

Lori Schuetze

Lori Schuetze is enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program at UT Health San Antonio. Lori would like to develop ways to assist parents in their coping, dealing with their child’s disease and development, as well as bonding with their children. While pursuing a degree in Animal Science, at Texas A&M University, Lori took full advantage of an opportunity to perform psychology research with Dr. Carter-Sowell and she went on to be hired as the undergraduate lab manager. Lori also had the opportunity to present a poster “The journey of a thousand milestones begins with one step: Evidence-based strategies for sustaining diversity in STEM field academic careers.” at the TAMU Undergraduate Research Poster Session Summer 2015. Lori feels grateful to have had these amazing opportunities with Dr. Carter-Sowell and to have her support in learning about the effects of ostracism. Lori’s long-term goal is to become a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.