Coleman's Peace and Conflict Dynamics Lab
Work Group Members
Peter Coleman, Principal Investigator
Dr. Peter T. Coleman holds a Ph.D. and M.Phil. in Social/Organizational Psychology from Teachers College, and a BA in Communications from The University of Iowa. He is currently Associate Professor of Psychology and Education at Teachers College, and teaches courses in Conflict Resolution, Social Psychology, and Social Science Research. Dr. Coleman is Director of the International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (ICCCR) at Teachers College, Columbia University, and an affiliate scholar of the International Center for Complexity and Conflict (ICCC) at The Warsaw School for Social Psychology in Warsaw, Poland. He has conducted research on ingroup/outgroup formation, the mediation of inter-ethnic conflict, intractable conflict, identity formation, moral emotions, and on the conditions and processes which foster the constructive use of social power. In 2003, he became the first recipient of the Early Career Award from the American Psychological Association, Division 48: Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence. Dr. Coleman co-edited The Handbook of Conflict Resolution: Theory and Practice (2000; 2nd edition 2006), and has authored over forty journal articles and chapters. He is also a certified mediator and experienced consultant.
Katharina Kugler, Ph.D. student
Katharina Kugler is a doctoral student in psychology at the University of Munich, Germany. Currently she holds a Fellowship in Complexity and Conflict from the ICCCR to study at Teachers College and to work as a Research Assistant for Professor Coleman at the ICCCR. Katharina Kugler received her “Diplom” (combined B.A. and M.A.) in Psychology at the University of Munich, Germany. During her graduate studies she studied for one year at Teachers College, holding a Fulbright Scholarship. Her main research interest is in the role of emotions in conflicts. She contributed previously to a series of studies, which elaborated on how the experience of humiliation fuels intractable conflicts. Currently her research concentrates on conflicts within organizations, employing the dynamical systems theory approach.
Christine Chung, Ph.D. student
Christine Chung is in the Social-Organizational Psychology Program at Teachers College, Columbia University. She received her B.A. at Dartmouth College and went on to work on a number of research initiatives in clinical psychology and organizational behavior. These experiences helped to clarify her interests in intergroup conflict and the cross-cultural elements that influence these dynamics. To study these themes further, she pursued an M.A. in Social-Organizational Psychology at Teachers College and began working towards a Certificate in Conflict Resolution and Community Mediation through the International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (ICCCR). She also interned at the Intercultural Communications Institute (ICI), where she trained in the use of the Intercultural Conflict Style Inventory and is working towards a Certificate in Intercultural Foundations. Christine is currently assisting in research on a dynamical model of cross-cultural negotiations and a study on the effects of power on conflict dynamics.
Regina Kim received her bachelor's degree in Psychology and East Asian Literature from Smith College and a master's degree in Organizational Psychology from Yonsei University, South Korea. Her past research experiences at intuitions like Children's Hospital Boston and University of California, San Francisco, in addition to her working experiences as a consultant strengthened her interests in organizational psychology and she is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Social-Organizational Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research interests include the issues of justice, interpersonal conflicts, stereotypes and culture.
Tali Kapadia received her bachelor's degree in Economics from Barnard College and is planning to graduate with her master's degree in Organizational Psychology from Teachers College in May. Prior to joining the workgroup, she worked at Ann Taylor in training and development. This experience helped lead to research interests in performance measurement, creativity and organizational culture. She is currently assisting in research on adaptivity and power.
Nick Redding, Ph.D. student
Nick earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Washington State University and a Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Washington University. He spent the last two years living in South Africa as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer working in the area of HIV outreach and education. Past research experiences include investigating the properties successful trial outcomes and the placebo effect in clinical drug trials research at the Northwest Clinical Research Center, diversity assessment and campus climate at Eastern Washington University, and PTSD, gender roles and help-seeking behavior as part of his master’s thesis. Nick is currently working on his doctoral degree in Social-Organizational Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. His primary research interests include inter-group dynamics, conflict in the work place, and internet facilitated communication.
Work Group in Past Years
Fall 2009 Work Group: (from left) Tali Kapadia, Rafi Nets, Christine Chung, Dr. Peter Coleman, Regina Kim, Shruti Bhutada, Christianna Gozzi, (Katharina Kugler and Naira Musallam: International Participants, Not Present)
Spring 2009 Work Group (from left) Jesse Kluver, Adam Mitchinson, Christine Chung, Chris Foster, Naira Musallam, Rafi Nets, Dr. Peter T. Coleman, Shruti Bhutada, Christinanna Gozzi
Fall 2008 Work Group (from left) Naira Musuallam, Dr. Peter T. Coleman, Paola Birganti, Rafi Nets, Christine Chung, Katharina Kugler, Vessel Memedi, Chris Foster, Jesse Kluver