Athena Cairo


Doctoral Student
Social Program

Faculty adviser: Jeffrey Green, Ph.D.

Research lab: Green Lab

I graduated from the University of Richmond in the spring of 2013 with a bachelor's degree 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.