CDP Lab Members

Principal Investigator

Sarah Townsend

 

Sarah Townsend is an Assistant Professor of Management and Organization. Her research focuses on how socially and culturally constructed beliefs shape (1) how people from different groups interact with each other and thrive (or flounder) within various organizational settings, and (2) how we can intervene to increase all people’s ability to succeed. Using a multi-method approach to examine stress and performance, she measures people's cardiovascular and hormonal responses along with their self-reported thoughts and emotions and their overt behavior. Dr. Townsend's research has been published in numerous scholarly outlets, including the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Science, and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. 

Lab Manager

Elizabeth Quinn 

 

Liz Quinn received her B.S. in Psychology from Northwestern University in 2018. She currently works as a Research Coordinator at the USC Marshall School of Business. Liz is interested in understanding how implicit and explicit biases, stereotypes, and inter-group conflict effect decision-making and inter-group interactions in various contexts (i.e. policy-making, organizations, the legal arena, etc.). In her free time, Liz enjoys going on adventures with her partner, Charlie, and obsessing over her black lab, Maguire.

Graduate Students

Mindy Truong

 

 

Mindy received her B.S. in Psychology at the University of California, San Diego in 2014. She’s currently a second-year Ph.D. student in the Management and Organization department at the USC Marshall School of Business where she previously worked as the research coordinator/lab manager for two years. She’s interested in how people's backgrounds affect the way they think, feel, and behave. More specifically, she is interested in how people's social class backgrounds and ideological beliefs influence their organizational outcomes.

Andrea Villafuerte

 

Andrea is a Ph.D. student in the Management and Organization department at the USC Marshall School of Business. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan. Before joining USC, she worked as a research coordinator at Stanford's Graduate School of Business. She is interested in understanding how our own identities, as well as our hierarchy and diversity beliefs, shape our understanding of inequality and intergroup relations.

Research Assistants

Hridee Patel

Hridee is a rising junior at USC majoring in Business Administration. She plans to minor in Psychology and Computer Science. Coming from India, she has been exposed to a wide array of cultures throughout her life. Working at the lab she hopes to get a better understanding of dealing with people from different backgrounds, race, religions, and cultures. In the future she plans to work in the Human Resource department of a company. She loves to travel and meet new people.

Nick Wrobleski

 

Nick is a senior at USC studying psychology and minoring in Arabic in Dornsife. Coming from Kentucky, he has studied culture and mental health and is currently interested in learning how derogatory language affects the way we interact with one another. Nick hopes to work in the FBI after finishing his education. 

Amanda Katz

Amanda is a junior majoring in Health and Human Sciences while also earning her Master’s in Global Medicine with the progressive degree program.  She is interested in the connection that psychology and health have, as she hopes to attend medical school in the future.  In her free time she loves to kickbox and bake.

Hannah Greenberg

 

Hannah is a senior at USC studying Business Administration with a minor in Statistics. Through her on-campus involvement and participation in research, she has pursued an interest in understanding the effects of diversity in the workplace. She is especially interested in learning about the challenges faced by women in business. After graduation, Hannah will combine her passions for research and finance in a career in equity research.

Lucy Sun

Lucy is a junior at USC majoring in History. She's interested in how people's beliefs and backgrounds affect their decisions and behavior both within a historical context and in the present day. After graduation, she hopes to attend law school. In her free time, she enjoys exploring Los Angeles, being outdoors, and learning new languages.

Lab Alumni

Yuefan Sun (former Research Assistant)-PhD student at Harvard.

Stephanie Smallets (former PhD Student)-Organization Practice Intern at McKinsey & Company

Jessica Wynn (former Research Assistant)-Program Assistant with Public Allies DC

Brittany Torrez (former Lab Manager)- PhD student at the Yale School of Management
Kimaya Karnawat (former Research Assistant)- Strategy Insights & Planning Associate at ZS
Kian Siong Tey (former Research Assistant)- PhD student at INSEAD 
Sophie Hauchhauser (former Research Assistant)- Client Relations, M Science LLC.
​Dion Leow (former Research Assistant)- Coordinator, International Partnerships and Promotions - Twentieth Century Fox Filmed Entertainment

Jamie Lin

Jamie is a sophomore at USC majoring in Psychology with a minor in Marketing. Coming from Taiwan with an international background, she is interested in the power language has over interactions across groups. She loves music and movies, and hopes to conduct consumer research in the future.

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