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.


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

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.

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

I am a Senior 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

Gili Freedman headshotGili Freedman, St. Mary’s College of Maryland (EmailWebsite)

Hello! I’m an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. I received my Ph.D. in Social and Personality Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2015. Before coming to St. Mary’s College of Maryland, I was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Roanoke College and a postdoctoral researcher at Dartmouth College. My research focuses on two main themes: the two-sided nature of social rejection and gender biases, particularly against women in STEM. I’m excited to be a part of the Early Career Committee and to help develop ways to support SPSP’s early career members. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me if you want to talk about early career issues or ideas!

Sarah HuffSarah HuffUniversity 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 Kung headshotFranki 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. It's my honor to be serving on the Early Career Committee and giving back to the SPSP community. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or suggestions for us!

Veronica Lamarche headshotVeronica LamarcheUniversity of Essex  (EmailtwitterWebsite)

Hello! I am a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of Essex. Before moving to the UK, I received my PhD in Social-Personality Psychology from the University at Buffalo. My research broadly focuses on how people balance connectedness and vulnerability in romantic relationships. My research intersects personality differences in trust and trustworthiness (e.g., self-esteem); vulnerability internal (e.g., conflict) and external to the relationship (e.g., illness, politics); and, issues related to gender, identity, and sexual victimization. I am looking forward to helping support early career scholars through the SPSP Early Career Committee. If you have ideas, questions, or simply want to talk about relationship research or academia in the UK, please feel free to reach out!

Past Chairs

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!