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Research Staff

Sucharita Belavadi

Ph.D. 2020-2021 Visiting Scholar in resistance
Texas A&M University

Beginning July 1, 2020, Dr. Sucharita Belavadi will join the Diversity Sciences Research team as a visiting scholar with the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Texas A&M University. Dr. Belavadi received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Claremont Graduate University and she earned a Master’s degree from Ball State University. Her research closely relates to the interests of Dr. Carter-Sowell’s work with the NSF AGEP TxARM Collaborative Research Project. Furthermore, Dr. Belavadi will contribute her expertise on other writing and research projects related to group processes and intergroup relations, intergroup communication, intergroup threat,  status maintenance mechanisms, ingroup marginalization, group entitativity, language maintenance and vitality, uncertainty-identity theory, and collective victimhood rhetoric. In early 2020, Dr. Belavadi relocated with her family from Sydney, Australia to live in Austin, TX.

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.

Vishal Narayan

Undergraduate, Department of Engineering
Texas A&M University

Vishal is a software engineer in training with interests in sports (particularly ultimate frisbee), gaming and psychology. He is currently here as an exchange student from Australia, where he attends the University of Adelaide and hopes to experience all the US has to offer. He is currently serving as a student assistant Web Developer, and hopes to learn more about diversity sciences while building skills.

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

Gabe H. Miller

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Program in African American Studies
Mississippi State University

Gabe H. Miller has worked as a graduate researcher with Dr. Adrienne R. Carter-Sowell in the Diversity Sciences Research lab since September 2014. Together, they have co-authored several conference presentations, a book chapter, and a manuscript in preparation for a special issue of the journal, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. His position has been continuously funded by internal and external grants awarded for collaborative research projects focused on the costs of being “socially and/or professionally invisible.” In April 2020, Gabe participated in a virtual conference for the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University on the Racial Health Disparities and the COVID-19 Pandemic. Dr. Guadalupe Marquez-Velarde and Gabe Miller shared ongoing research related to the crisis of exploitation of the unequal in society. Additionally, Gabe has assisted in the workload of teaching and supervising required to complete the training goals and deadlines set for more than a dozen the undergraduate researchers and Honors scholars. We are thrilled to announce that Gabe Miller successfully defended his doctoral dissertation in May 2020 and he will graduate with his Ph.D. in August 2020. Dr. Miller has accepted a tenure track, joint appointment, faculty position in the Sociology Department and African American Studies Program at Mississippi State University, a neighboring, SEC university for the upcoming 2020-2021 academic year.

Teysha L. Bowser

Teysha L. Bowser is a native of the Bryan/College Station area and she worked as an undergraduate student researcher in the Diversity Sciences Research lab from 2012-2014. Teysha Bowser graduated with her B.S. and a minor in the Africana Studies Program from Texas A&M University in 2014. Teysha then completed her Masters of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at New Mexico State University. Teysha served as the 2018-2019 Graduate Representative for the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES). Teysha’s research interests include racial microaggressions/gendered racial microaggressions. During 2020 spring semester, Teysha Bowser successfully defended her doctoral dissertation and she will graduate with her Ph.D. from the University of Nevada-Reno in August 2020.  Dr. Teysha L. Bowser will start her tenure track, faculty position as the School Counseling Coordinator in the Department of Professional Counseling, College of Education and Human Services at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh for the 2020-2021 academic year.

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.