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Student Committee

The Student Committee works to promote the interest of SPSP's student members. This includes producing helpful student content, organizing events for student members at the annual convention, and much more.

About the Student Committee

2018-2019 Student Committee:


Heidi Vuletich headshotHeidi Vuletich, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (email)

Hello everyone! I am a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As a dual-program student, I’m officially enrolled in both the Developmental and Social Psychology Programs. I attended Regis University in Denver, CO for my undergraduate degree in Neuroscience. My current research focuses on the psychological factors contributing to inequalities by socioeconomic status (SES), gender, and race. I am interested in the role of subjective SES, stereotypes, implicit biases, and causal attributions in producing and maintaining social disparities, particularly in educational contexts. I’m really excited to serve you and be a resource for you as part of the student committee!


Fernanda Andrade headshotFernanda Andrade, Duke University (email)
I am a first-year PhD student in the social psychology program at Duke University, and I work with Dr. Rick Hoyle. Very broadly, I am interested in the role of context and individual differences on self-regulation of behavior. More specifically, I am interested in how salient and valued identities influence people's valuing and pursuit of health goals. I earned a master's degree in experimental psychology from Towson University in Maryland, where my research focused on the individual differences that influence how people manage self-threats. I am looking forward to serving SPSP student members alongside the Student Committee!


Miao Qian headshotMiao “Kitty” Qian, University of Toronto (email)

Hello! I am a fourth-year Ph.D. student enrolled in Developmental Psychology at the University of Toronto. I will be a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Inequality in American Initiative at Harvard University in 2009. I completed an MA in Developmental Psychology at Zhejiang Normal University in China. Broadly, I am interested the development of children’s racial bias and gender stereotypes. Specifically, I am interested in social, cognitive factors (e.g., essentialist thinking, race salience) affect the development of social stereotypes. I am also working on different strategies to reduce children’s stereotypes across different cultures.

Members at Large

Diego Guevara Beltrán headshotDiego Guevara Beltrán, Arizona State University (email)

Hello! I am a second-year graduate student in the Social Psychology Program at Arizona State University, where I work with Dr. Athena Aktipis. I am interested in how cooperation and prosociality emerge across human societies, and how emotions such as empathy and features of the ecology guide prosocial or cooperative behavior.

Kori Krueger headshotKori Krueger, University of Pittsburgh (email)

Hi everyone! My name is Kori Krueger and I am a 5th year graduate student in the Social Psychology PhD program at the University of Pittsburgh (working with Dr. Mandy Forest). Broadly, I am interested in interpersonal processes related to communication and self-presentation. I am currently working on projects that examine factors related to expressivity and responsiveness between romantic partners, as well as how people present themselves to others in the presence of romantic alternatives and online. I am looking forward to serving on the Student Committee this year and working to improve the graduate school experience.

Juan Ospina headshotJuan Ospina, Stanford University (email)

I'm Juan Ospina, a research coordinator on social psychology at Stanford. My research interests are about lay theories, motivation, construal-level theory, and self-regulation. I aim to begin my PhD next year where I could test and design wise interventions to help young people explore and develop their life goals.

Stephanie Schwartz headshotStephanie Schwartz, University of Toronto (email)

I am a third year PhD student working with Yoel Inbar at the University of Toronto. My research interests lie largely in the field of moral judgment and decision-making. I study how people form moralized (and other attitudes towards controversial and risky technologies. I also study the ways in which emotions inform moral judgements, as well as the nature of every day acts of immorality.


Member at Large for Undergraduate Affairs

Jesus Saavedra headshotJesus Saavedra, Weber State University (email)
Hello all! My name is Jesus Saavedra, an undergraduate student concluding their senior year at Weber State University in Utah. My primary research interest is in the field of social neuroscience and its ability to allow us to understand the neural underpinnings of concepts like prejudice, ingroup/outgroup salience, and our evaluations of others. I am looking forward to being a part of SPSP's Student Committee for the upcoming year. 

SPSPotlight Co-Editors

Lucy Zheng headshotLucy Zheng, University of California, Davis (email)
Hello! I am a third-year Ph.D. student at UC Davis. As a previous high school teacher and a current college applications consultant, I have experience in mentoring adolescents through exciting (but often stressful) transitions in their academic life. These experiences led to my interest in examining the relationship between personality and academic achievement and how these associations may change from childhood to adulthood. Recently, I’ve also become interested in how specific extracurricular activities in the K-12 context (e.g. tabletop roleplaying games) affect achievement through personality changes. If you’d like to talk about research or have a suggestion for a newsletter article, please email me! 

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Hasagani Tissera, McGill University (email)
I'm a second-year graduate student in experimental psychology at McGill University. I am currently working under the supervision of Dr. John Lydon. My main research interests lie in the domain of impression formation. More specifically, I am interested in examining how people's motivations may influence the way they form first impressions about others. I am really excited to be a part of this year's Student Committee! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.