We have talented graduate students in our program who study and conduct research on a variety of topics. Illustrative topics include: mindfulness, affect, empathy, and forgiveness. Our students present their research at regional and national conferences and publish their work in a variety of journals.

I graduated from Fordham University - Rose Hill with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology in 2011. In 2014, I graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Psychology from CUNY Queens College and was then accepted into VCU’s Social Psychology Program for the Fall 2015.

My main research interests are focused on understanding how social media, the internet, and technology affect individual behavior and relationships. My areas of interest also include the self, emotion, interpersonal communication, and close and romantic relationships.

I earned my BS degree in psychology from Christopher Newport University in 2008, and completed my MA degree in psychology from East Tennessee State University in 2011. I joined VCU’s social psychology program in Fall 2012.

Broadly, I am interested in increasing our understanding of attention and motivation through the lens of neural correlates (i.e., EEG / ERP), particularly as a consequence of state and trait mindfulness and via the application of mindfulness as a clinical intervention. More specifically, I am interested in how mindfulness assuages ego-related attentional biases, fostering intentional, receptive awareness of and attention to one’s experience. I am also interested in the impact of mindfulness on self-regulation, especially when one is aware that he or she made an error.

I graduated from University of Richmond in the spring of 2013 with a BA in psychology, and entered VCU's Social Psychology program in fall 2013.

Primarily, I am interested in factors that affect interpersonal relationships and social emotions. In particular my research examines the effects of mindful and curious mindsets on empathic concern for others, as well as the effects of attachment security on empathic concern, perspective-taking and relationship well-being. I am also interested in meaningfulness and how relationships can help foster meaning in life.


Calvin Hall

I completed dual bachelor's degrees in psychology and philosophy from VCU in 2015 and joined the doctoral program in social psychology at VCU in 2016. 

Broadly, I am interested in researching how bias affects behaviors and cognition. In particular, my research examines the impact of implicit bias on visual perception, self esteem and feelings of inclusion or exclusion. I am also interested in male socialization and its impact on violence prevention. 

I graduated from George Mason University in the spring of 2013 with a BS in Psychology, and entered VCU's Social Psychology program in Fall 2015.

My research interests include mindfulness training and its impact on healthy relationship functioning. My main current interests are to better understand how mindfulness training can enhance relationship satisfaction in couples suffering from psychopathology (such as anxiety and depression) as well as to better understand the neural mechanisms involved in mindfulness mediation and its impact on relationship outcomes.

I graduated from Loyola University Chicago in the spring of 2012 with a BS in psychology and entered the Social Psychology program at VCU in Fall 2012.

My main research interests revolve around the self and close relationships. I am interested in studying the positive effects of self-conscious emotions, such as guilt. I am also interested in forgiveness in close relationships, specifically the impact of third parties (friends or family members).

I earned my BA degree in Psychology from the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College at Florida Atlantic University in 2011. In 2014, I completed my MA degree in Applied Psychological Research from Penn State Harrisburg and entered VCU’s Social Psychology Program in Fall 2015.

My research interests are focused on understanding the effect of mindfulness on cognition, health, and well-being in older adults. I am particularly interested in how mindfulness-based interventions can promote healthy aging, and how we can study correlated changes in brain activity through the use of fMRI and EEG.