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Early Career Committee

The Early Career Committee was formed in 2019 to help address the needs of SPSP's early career members. The committee hopes to ensure that relevant resources, networking opportunities and programming are available to early career members and that their interests are represented across SPSP.


Sarah E. GaitherSarah E. Gaither, Duke University (Email; Twitter)

Hello everyone! I'm an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience and a faculty affiliate with The Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity and The Center on Health and Society at Duke University. I received my PhD from Tufts University and completed a Provost's Postdoctoral Fellowship at The University of Chicago. My research focuses on how our multiple identities influence our behavior and perceptions of others and the role that contact with different types of diversity plays in shaping our social responses across the lifespan. I'm excited to meet and work with other early career scholars, so I hope to talk with you soon! Please reach out to me with any ideas you have for our early career community too!

Jim A. C. EverettJim A. C. Everett, University of Kent (Email; Twitter)

I am a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at the University of Kent and Research Associate at the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford. I specialise in moral judgment, perceptions of moral character, and parochial altruism. I completed my BA, MSc, and D.Phil (2017) at the University of Oxford, before receiving a Fulbright Fellowship to work at Harvard University, and a Marie-Sklodowska-Curie PostDoctoral Fellowship to work at Leiden University. My work is deeply interdisciplinary, and alongside traditional social psychological approaches I draw from philosophy, evolutionary theory, and behavioural economics. In my work, I investigate topics such as how we incorporate (im)partiality into our moral judgments; how we infer character from moral judgments and why this is important; how we think about the moral worth of animals; how our moral beliefs influence our understanding of free will and determinism; how morality is central to perceptions of personal and social identity; and how group processes shape moral judgment and vice versa. I am a first-generation academic, member of the LGBTQ community, and received disability support throughout my studies. I am passionate about making SPSP an international community that works for all of its early career members. I'm thrilled to be co-chair from 2019 to 2021, so please feel free to contact me with any questions or feedback about how we can make SPSP better for you as an EC member. (Pronouns: he/him).

Committee Members

Kat DugganKatherine (Kat) Duggan, North Dakota State University (Email; Twitter)

Hi! I'm excited to be contributing to SPSP's new Early Career Committee this year. I'm an Assistant Professor in Social and Health Psychology at North Dakota State University. I received my PhD in Social/Personality Psychology at UC Riverside, and completed an NIH-sponsored postdoctoral fellowship in Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. Broadly, my work focuses on developing comprehensive, testable models linking personality traits with sleep and health across the lifespan. I'm looking forward to developing initiatives focused on early career scholars at SPSP – if you have ideas for programming (or questions!) feel free to reach out to me.

Brian EilerBrian Eiler, Davidson College (Email; Twitter; Website)

I am an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Davidson College. I did my doctoral work at the University of Cincinnati with funding through an NSF ADVANCE-IT grant (#1209169) as a research assistant. I was a post-doctoral fellow at Northern Arizona University through the Technology and Research Initiative SPA Program. My research employs a complexity science framework to phenomena at the intersection of social, I/O, health, and quantitative psychology (e.g., sexual violence, concussion risk, culture, social interaction, computational modeling, data science). I am grateful for the opportunity to work with other SPSP early career members to develop programming and resources that will facilitate equity and success. Please reach out to me with ideas, concerns, or just to chat cool science.

Sarah HuffSarah Huff, University of Denver (Email)

Hello! I am a Teaching Assistant Professor at the University of Denver. Previously, I completed a teaching post-doc at Amherst College and my PhD at the University of Michigan. My research focuses on the relationships among identity, culture, and conflict. I am excited about both research and teaching that encourages a greater understanding of how identities and cultures influence how we think about our own selves and how we interact with one another. As a member of this committee, I am particularly interested in working on issues that pertain to non-tenure-track (non-TT) faculty.

Franki KungFranki Kung, Purdue University (Email)

Hi everyone! I'm an Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychological Sciences at Purdue University. I received my PhD from the University of Waterloo with a dual focus on Social and I-O Psychology. My research interests are lay theories, goals, cultural diversity, conflict management, and the intersections among these. I'm looking forward to serving on the Early Career Committee and excited about using this opportunity to give back to the SPSP community.