Lab Affiliates

Silvia Abad-Merino, Ph.D.

Silvia Abad-Merino is an associate professor of organizational psychology at UTEL University, Mexico. She received her Ph.D. in applied psychology from the University of Cordoba, Spain. She has received several national awards for academic excellence, and prestigious scholarships that allowed her to join research teams at the University of Oxford and at Ulster University, among others. Her working and research experience have been very broad, and she has had the benefit of working with interdisciplinary teams in Europe, the U.S., and Latin America. Her research has been primarily focused on the following areas: the study of how subtle forms of bias maintain structural disadvantage; the analysis of reported experiences of discrimination in healthcare settings; and the evaluation of inequitable outcomes of different vulnerable populations in educational settings.

Karolina Hansen, Ph.D.

Karolina Hansen is a postdoctoral associate at the Center for Research on Prejudice at the University of Warsaw, Poland, and a research affiliate at Yale. She received her PhD in psychology from Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany. She was a visiting assistant in research at Yale University, a Marie Curie fellow at the Initial Training Network “Language, Cognition, & Gender” at the University of Bern, and an assistant researcher at the Polish Academy of Sciences. Her research interests are in the fields of social psychology, sociolinguistics, and cross-cultural psychology, and include topics such as attitudes about language and accents, stereotyping, gender-fair language, linguistic biases, and cross-cultural differences in social cognition. Currently, within her Polish National Science Center grant, she studies accent attitudes in Poland, Germany, and the US.

Susana Lavado

Susana Lavado is a fourth year doctoral student at the Institute of Social Sciences at the University of Lisbon, Portugal. She has worked at Yale University as a visiting scholar twice during her graduate career. Her research focuses on attitudes and behaviors that maintain intergroup prejudice and inequality. Specifically, she studies non-targets’ confrontation (and non-confrontation) of prejudice. Prior to enrolling in the Ph.D program, she earned a Masters degree in Educational Psychology and worked as a junior researcher in the European Social Survey (ESS) Portuguese team.

Hyeyoung Shin, Ph.D.

Hyeyoung Shin is a research associate at Yale Intergroup Relations Lab working with Dr. John Dovidio. She received a B.A. magna cum laude in psychology and a Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Maryland College Park and a M.A. in psychology from New York University. She also worked at Child & Family Research, NICHD as a data analyst for several years.  She has been conducting research on what makes people have prejudice toward certain social groups/categories and the different processes that underlie these biases between individual- and group-oriented cultures. Her works examined cultural differences in stigmatization of non-normative groups, the role of economic competitiveness in prejudice toward immigrants/foreign workers, and associations between individual/group orientation and social/biological hierarchy beliefs.