Members of the Intersectional Stigma & Health Lab

Lab Director

Nicole Overstreet

Nicole M. Overstreet
Dr. Overstreet earned her B.A. in psychology from Smith College and Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Connecticut. Her research examines how sociocultural processes, such as stigma and stereotyping, influence health disparities related to intimate partner violence and HIV.

 

Ph.D. Students

 Adriana Medina

Adriana Medina
Adriana graduated from Florida International University in Miami FL with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2014. During her time at FIU she was an Undergraduate Research Assistant for Dr. Asia Eaton’s Power, Women, and Relationships lab where she focused on stereotypes about African American women as well as adolescent perceptions and stereotypes about intimate partner violence. As a McNair Scholar, she worked on independent research relating to the stereotypes of African American women in reality television and their possible relation to objectification and self-objectification.  In her graduate studies, she is currently focused on the intersection on stereotypes about race and stereotypes about intimate partner violence (IPV) and their function in how others perceive victims of IPV.

 Thekia Jackson

Thekia Jackson
Thekia is a proud alumna of Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. As an undergraduate student, she worked with Dr. Valerie Taylor in the Stereotyping and Social Interactions Lab where she focused on exploring the cognitive and socio-emotional consequences of individuals displaying stereotypical behaviors in group interactions. As the inaugural Spelman College Dalai Lama Fellow, she integrated her research interests and social activism by founding the “B.E.S.T Moms: Building and Encouraging Success in Teen Moms” through a $10,000 competitive grant. Currently, she is focused on examining the relationship between stereotypical images and intimate partner violence.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Alika Gillard
Alika is a junior majoring in Psychology. She plans to earn an MBA from Clark and pursue a career in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Alika’s research interests spans across Social and Health Psychology. Specifically, she is interested in work stress, job discrimination, motivational strategies, and work-family balance. She also has secondary interests in intimate partner violence, sexual objectification, and body dissatisfaction. Alika is also an editor for the student run newspaper, The Scarlet, and enjoys her free time doing yoga and playing music.

 

Jia Yi Huang
Jia Yi is a junior Psychology major with a minor in Biology. She was born in a southern province of China and immigrated to the United States when she was 9 years old. She is fluent in both Chinese (Cantonese) and English with a proficient understanding of Mandarin.  She is interested in how stigmatization varies in Asian vs. Western cultures and how individuals are affected by stigma. After Clark, Jia Yi hopes to pursue a graduate degree in Psychology. During her free time, Jia Yi likes to take walks outside, read, listen to music, spend time with friends, and explore new places to try delicious food.

 

Magdalene Kwakye
Magdalene is a junior majoring in Psychology with a minor in Education. She was born in Ghana and moved to the United States when she was 7 years old. She is fluent in Akan (Twi) and English. She also speaks an intermediate amount of Italian. Magdalene’s main interests are with children and adolescents. She is also interested in the effect of cultural and racial stigma on mental health. Magdalene’s post-graduation plans include attending graduate school to obtain a Master of Social Work.

 

Julissa Lopez
Julissa Lopez is a junior at Clark University, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Studio Art. She is fluent in Spanish and English. Julissa hopes to gain a deeper understanding of topics she learned about during her experience working as a Behavioral Specialist with Perspectives Corporation, such as social and clinical aspects of stereotyping on mental illness. Outside of her academic work, she enjoys traveling, exercising, and spending time with close friends and family.

 

Rishya Narayanan
Rishya is a senior studying Psychology and Sociology. She speaks English, some Spanish, and understands Tamil fluently. Rishya has many interests in both Psychology and Sociology but is most interested in stigma and identities. This year she is focusing on sexual health and body image evaluations. Over the summer, Rishya worked as an Orientation Coordinator, programming Clark University’s orientation and training Peer Advisors in a team of 5 other coordinators and 2 professional staff members. Outside of the classroom, Rishya loves watching horror movies, painting, spending time with her bird, and going on roller coasters.

 

Past Members

Alika Gillard

Jia Yi Huang

Magdalene Kwakye

Julissa Lopez

Rishya Narayanan 

Emma Frank

Amy Gao 

Kayla Landis  

Kristi Sarro