Courtney Alderson

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Doctoral Student
Health Program
aldersoncj@vcu.edu

Faculty adviser: Nao Hagiwara, Ph.D.

Lab website: Discrimination and Health Research Lab

Originally from Riverside, Calif., I received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina. My broader research interests include worldview-level belief systems, factors that influence person perception and impression formation, as well as how such phenomena might interact to impact health behaviors and health disparities. More specifically, I am currently investigating how people perceive of other peoples’ 'free will' and whether these perceptions are affected by racial bias. How would you treat someone if you felt their future was open to multiple and legitimate possibilities? Would you treat them differently if you thought they were fated to a certain outcome? Moreover, might your inference of their having/not having 'free will' be dependent upon their race/skin color?