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Social Cognition and Career Lab

Social Cognition and Career Lab

Current Projects

Career Development

Our lab is engaged in several studies regarding the career development of youth and young adults. In particular, our investigation of middle students utilizes the Social Cognitive Career Theory in understanding their self-efficacy, career adaptability, perceptions of career-related barriers, gender role orientation, cultural identity, and pursuit of STEM careers. We are also interested in career decision making among college students, especially in relation to their expectations and values concerning gender roles and thinking about potential partners and families.


Clinical assessment and impressions

This study is intended to extend understanding of the cognitive and perceptual processes that take place outside of counselors’ conscious awareness. In particular, we examine how counselors’, potentially unconscious, biases may impact the assessment process with clients of diverse racial backgrounds. We are interested in how counselors’ racial-ethnic identity might influence the causal attributions, symptom salience, and judgment of symptom severity during the assessment process.



Our lab is interested in the motivational processes that are involved with individuals’ efforts to be non-racist. We study how different types of self-regulation might affect internal and external motivation to respond without prejudice.  One study examines how different types of motivation affect may be associated with awareness of or denial of various forms of contemporary racism. These studies seek to suggest ways of designing effective multicultural training.


Group Experience

This study hopes to determine if participants’ social identities, cultural values, and attachment styles can predict their perceptions of personal authority, experiences of and attitudes towards external authority, and assessments of the group climate. Specifically, we investigate individuals’ the perceived group dynamics of the recurrent, short-term, intensive, experiential sessions of group relations conference. We explore how differences in relationship style, dimension of social group membership, and worldview orientation may influence perceptions of a single shared group experience.