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Graduate Students

Ellie Shuo JinEllie Shuo Jin
Email: ellieshuojin(at)utexas.edu
Current Position: Licensed Psychologist

Ellie is interested in the role of testosterone in the development and maintenance of anxiety. Her dissertation examined the impact of exogenous intranasal testosterone administration on anxiety and cognitive performance. She completed her Doctorate of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) in the Summer of 2019.

Research Interests: anxiety, sex differences, drug administration, effectiveness of manualized treatments in community settings

Select Publications:
Brannon, S. M., Carr, S., Jin, E. S., Josephs, R. A., & Gawronski, B. (in press). Exogenous testosterone increases sensitivity to moral norms in moral dilemma judgments. Nature Human Behavior.
Sherman, G. D., Rice, L. K., Jin, E. S., Jones, A. S., & Josephs, R. A. (2017). Sex differences in cortisol’s regulation of affiliative behavior. Hormones and Behavior.
Jin, E. S., & Josephs, R. A. (2016).Acute and chronic physiological consequences of social rejection. In K. D. Williams & S. A. Nida (Eds.), Ostracism, Exclusion, and Rejection. London: Routledge.
Lee, J. J., Gino, F., Jin, E. S., Rice, L. K., & Josephs, R. A. (2015). Hormones and ethics: Understanding the biological basis of unethical conduct. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.


Leslie RiceLeslie Rice
Email: lrice(at)utexas.edu
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow (TIRR Memorial Hermann, Houston, TX)

Leslie is interested in the dual roles of testosterone and cortisol in the development and maintenance of anxiety, depression, and PTSD in emergency medical personnel. She completed her Doctorate of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) in the Summer of 2019.

Research Interests: first responders, dual hormone hypothesis

Select Publications:
Sherman, G. D., Rice, L. K., Jin, E. S., Jones, A. S., & Josephs, R. A. (2017). Sex differences in cortisol’s regulation of affiliative behavior. Hormones and Behavior.


Leah FredmanLeah Fredman
Email: leahafredman(at)gmail.com
Website: link
Current Position: Research and Developmental Data Scientist (iSpot.tv, Seattle, WA)

Leah is interested in the interaction of testosterone and identity fusion–a form of visceral group alignment. Prior to obtaining her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at CUNY’s Lehman College in New York City, Leah obtained a degree in photography at Hadassah College, in Jerusalem, Israel. She entered the Ph.D. program in Social and Personality Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin in 2013, where she worked primarily with Dr. Bill Swann and was co-advised by Dr. Robert Josephs. She completed her Doctorate of Philosophy (Social Psychology) in the Fall of 2018.

Research Interests: identify fusion

Select Publications:
Fredman, L.A., Buhrmester, M.D., Gomez, A., Fraser, W.T., Talaifar, S., Brannon, S.M., & Swann, W.B. (2015). Identity Fusion, Extreme Pro-Group Behavior, and the Path to Defusion. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 9 (4), 468-480.
Fredman, L.A., Bastian, B., & Swann, W.B. (2017). God or Country? Fusion With Judaism Predicts Desire for Retaliation Following Palestinian Stabbing Intifada. Social psychological and Personality Science


Scott LieningScott Liening
Email: scottliening(at)gmail.com
Website: link
Current Position: Research Analyst (New York City Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Readiness)

Scott began attending the University of Michigan in the fall of 2001, and received his B.A. in Psychology in the spring of 2005. After graduation he worked as the lab manager of the Human Motivation and Affective Neuroscience Lab at the University of Michigan, under Dr. Oliver Schultheiss. In the Fall of 2006 he entered the Ph.D. program in Social and Personality Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, where he worked with Dr. Robert Josephs. He completed his Doctorate of Philosophy (Social Psychology) in the summer of 2012.

Research Interests: individual differences in physiology, steroid hormones (testosterone and cortisol), social psychology, personality psychology, social endocrinology, and behavioral neuroscience

Select Publications:
Ristvedt, S., Josephs, R.A., & Liening, S.H. (2012). Endogenous testosterone levels are associated with assessments of unfavourable health information. Psychology and Health, 27 (4), 507-514.
Schultheiss, O.C., Patalakh, M., Rawolle, M., Liening, S.H., & MacInnes, J.J. (2011). Referential competence is associated with motivational congruence. Journal of Research in Personality, 45, 59-70.


Jacqueline EvansJacqueline Evans
Email: j.evans(at)utexas.edu
Website: link
Current Position: Lecturer (The University of Texas at Austin)

Jacqueline received her Ph.D. in Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin in 2011. Her research interests are centered on the social psychophysiology of stress. Particularly, she is interested in influences of personality, social, neuroendocrine and genetic factors on cortisol hormone response to and recovery from acute stress, and further downstream, the implications for health.

Research Interests: social neuroendocrinology, individual differences, stress and health

Select Publications:
Josephs, R. A., Telch, M. J., Hixon, J. G., Evans, J. J., Lee, H., Knopik, V. S., … & Beevers, C. G. (2012). Genetic and hormonal sensitivity to threat: Testing a serotonin transporter genotype x testosterone interaction. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 37(6), 752-761.


Pranjal MehtaPranjal Mehta
Email: mehta(at)uoregon.edu
Website: link
Current Position: Professor (University College London)

Pranjal received his B.A. from Williams College and his Ph.D. in social-personality psychology from The University of Texas at Austin. Before University of Oregon, Pranjal completed postdoctoral fellowships at Columbia University and Erasmus University in the Netherlands. His research examines the psychological and biological processes that regulate status hierarchies and decision-making.

Research Interests: interactions between hormones, the environment, and human social behavior with an emphasis on status hierarchies, decision-making, and emotion regulation/stress

Select Publications:
Mehta, P.H., & Beer, J.S. (2010). Neural mechanisms of the testosterone-aggression relation: The role of orbitofrontal cortex. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 22, 2357-2368.
Mehta, P.H., Jones, A.C., & Josephs, R.A. (2008). The social endocrinology of dominance: Basal testosterone predicts cortisol changes and behavior following victory and defeat. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 94, 1078–1093.


Jennifer BossonJennifer Bosson
Email: jbosson(at)usf.edu
Website: link
Current Position: Associate Professor (University of South Florida)

Jennifer received her B.A. from Wesleyan University and her Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin. Before coming to The University of South Florida, she was a faculty member at The University of Oklahoma and Vassar College.

Research Interests: self and identity, stereotypes, targets of stigma, social roles, coping, interpersonal relationships

Select Publications:
Vater, A., Ritter, K., Schröder-Abé, M., Schütz, A., Lammers, C. H., Bosson, J. K., & Roepke, S. (2013). When grandiosity and vulnerability collide: Implicit and explicit self-esteem in patients with Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 44, 37-47.
Josephs, R. A., Bosson, J. K., & Jacobs, C. G. (2003). Self-esteem maintenance processes: Why low self-esteem may be resistant to change. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 29, 920-933.


Daniel G. SchroederDaniel Schroeder
Email: schroed(at)raymarshallcenter.org
Website: link
Current Position: Research Scientist (Ray Marshall Center, The University of Texas at Austin)

Daniel is primarily responsible for evaluating the impacts of government programs in the human services area, including child support, unemployment insurance, workforce development, child care subsidy and market, and supplemental nutritional assistance, among others. He is currently Principal Investigator for a study evaluating the Integrated Child Support System, a program that automatically enrolls divorce and child custody cases in the child support enforcement system, as well as another child support program looking at the impacts of Individual Development Accounts for non-custodial parents. He has also recently completed several studies on the impacts of Workforce Development for non-Custodial Parents.

Research Interests: program evaluation, welfare reform, welfare-to-work, general quantitative analysis and statistical inference


Raymond GieslerBrian Giesler
Email: rgiesler(at)butler.edu
Website: link
Current Position: Associate Professor (Butler University)

Brian received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and received his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. Presently, Brian teaches and conducts research at Butler University.

Research Interests: health psychology, behavioral medicine, social psychology, statistics

Select Publications:
Monahan, P. O., Champion, V., Rawl, S., Giesler, R. B., Reuille, K., Bigatti, S., Given, B., Given, C. W., Koch, M., and Burns, D. (2007). The effect of depression and cancer treatment type on quality of life in prostate cancer patients. Quality Of Life Research: An International Journal Of Quality Of Life, 16, 399-411.
Giesler, R. B., Josephs, R. A. & Swann, W. B., Jr. (1996). Self-verification in clinical depression. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 105, 358-368.


David SilveraDavid Silvera
Email: david.silvera(at)utsa.edu
Website: link
Current Position: Associate Professor (The University of Texas at San Antonio)

David holds a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, a MBA from the University of California at Irvine and a B.S. in mathematics from the University of California at Irvine. David was previously a faculty member at The University of Tromsø in Norway and served as department chair of the psychology department during his time there. He has been a visiting professor at Northern Kentucky University and at the University of Cincinnati. He has served as a reviewer for most major journals in consumer research and social psychology, in addition to reviewing submissions for conferences in these domains. David also served on the grant evaluation board for the Norwegian Research Council, evaluating grants in the areas of psychology, social medicine, epidemiology and dentistry.

Research Interests: consumer judgment and decision making, attributions and consumer behavior, impulse buying and consumer self-regulation, endorsement advertising, possession attachment

Select Publications:
Silvera, D. H., Pfeiffer, B., Kardes, F., Rae, A., Goss, R. J., Laufer, D., McBride, B., & Schertzer, S. (2014) Using Imagine Instructions to Induce Consumers to Generate Ad-supporting Content. Journal of Business Research, 67(7), 1567-1572.
Silvera, D. H., Arsena, A., & Pandelaere, M. (2014). Brand Trait Transference: When Endorsers and Salespeople Acquire Brand Personality Traits. Journal of Business Research, 67(7), 1537-1543.
Silvera, D. H., Josephs, R. A., & Giesler, R. B. (2002). Bigger is better: The influence of physical size on aesthetic preference judgments. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 15, 189-202.


Eugene HahnEugene Hahn
Email: edhahn(at)salisbury.edu
Website: link
Current Position: Associate Professor (Salisbury University)

Gene has teaching expertise in Operations Management, Management Decision Making, and Business Statistics and has taught at the undergraduate and MBA levels. He also teaches a course on using VBA to build decision support tools. His research interests include management decision making, Bayesian inference, and international operations including offshoring and global supply chain management.

Research Interests: management decision making, Bayesian inference, and international operations including services offshoring and global supply chain management

Select Publications:
Bunyaratavej, K. & Hahn, E.D. (2012). Offshoring of services from developing countries: The new wave of emerging offshorers. International Journal of Service Science, Management, Engineering, and Technology, 3(2), 1-12.
Parente, R.C., Baack, D.W., & Hahn, E.D. (2011). The effect of supplier integration, modular production, and cultural distance on new product development: A dynamic capabilities approach. Journal of International Management, 17(4), 278-290.
Josephs, R.A. & Hahn, E.D. (1995). Bias and accuracy in estimates of task duration. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 61, 202-213.


Ryan BrownRyan Brown
Email: rpbrown(at)ou.edu
Website: link
Current Position: Associate Professor (University of Oklahoma)

Ryan received his B.A. from Rice University and his Ph.D. in social-personality psychology from The University of Texas at Austin. Before coming to The University of Oklahoma, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor in Amherst College. Presently, he is an Associate Professor of Psychology at The University of Oklahoma.

Research Interests: psychological threat, school violence, and reactions to terrorism and suicide

Select Publications:
Mumford, M. D., Waples, E. P., Antes, A. L., Brown, R. P., Connelly, S., Murphy, S. T., & Devenport, L. D. (2010). Creativity and ethics: The relationship of creative and ethical problem-solving. Creativity Research Journal, 22, 74-89.
Josephs, R. A., Newman, M. G., Brown, R. P., & Beer, J. M. (2003). Status, testosterone, and human intellectual performance: Stereotype threat as status concern. Psychological Science, 14, 158-163.


Torsten NeilandsTorsten Neilands
Email: tor(at)ucsf.edu
Website: link
Current Position: Professor (University of California San Francisco School of Medicine)

At The University of California San Francisco (UCSF), Torsten serves on several mission-critical committees, including the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS) division’s computer steering committee and post-doctoral fellow program’s applicant selection committee. Torsten provides regular methodological peer reviewing services to his colleagues within CAPS, the AIDS Research Institute, and several other divisions in the Department of Medicine (e.g., the Positive Health Program). Outside of UCSF Torsten serves as an ad hoc reviewer of scientific proposals and manuscripts on a regular basis as well as donate his time to Emerging Scholars Interest Network, a consortium of junior scholars of color.

Research Interests: quantitative data analysis methods and survey scale development, fHIV/AIDS-prevention research in racial and ethnicity minority populations and communities, and advanced quantitative methodological, statistical, and data analytic support for epidemiological and behavioral HIV prevention research efforts

Select Publications:
Neilands, T.B., Chakravarty, D., Darbes, L.A., Beougher, S.C., Hoff, C.C. (2010). Development and validation of the sexual agreement investment scale. Journal of Sex Research, 47(1), 24-37.
Neilands, T.B., Silvera, D.H., Perry, J.A., Richardsen, A., Holte, A. (2008). A validation and short form of the Basic Character Inventory. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 49(2), 161-8.
Neilands, T.B., Steward, W.T., Choi, K.H. (2008). Assessment of stigma towards homosexuality in China: a study of men who have sex with men. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 37(5), 838-44.


Undergraduate Students

JoyJoy Josephs
Email: joy.josephs(at)utexas.edu
Current Position: Medical student (Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine)

Joy completed her Bachelor of Science as an Audiology major and Psychology minor at The University of Texas at Austin. While in the Clinical Neuroendocrinology Laboratory, Joy completed an independent research project examining the role of self- and body-esteem on stress reactivity to a social challenge. In her free time, Joy enjoys playing her violin, attending musical and theater performances and creative writing.

Research Interests: body dysmorphic disorder, perceptions of beauty, sexual attraction, effects of ovulatory cycle on human behavior

Select Publications:
Josephs, J., & Jin, E. S. (2016, January). The role of subjective attractiveness and esteem in stress reactivity. Society for Social and Personality Psychology, San Diego, California.


KatieKatie McDermott
Email: kathryn.d.mcdermott(at)gmail.com
Current Position: Associate User Experience Analyst (Visa)

While at The University of Texas at Austin, Katie completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology along with minors in German Language and Computer Science. Outside of work, her interests include puns, programming, and playing guitar.

Research Interests: social and affective effects of stress, user experience

Select Publications:
McDermott, K., Jin, E. S., Rice, L. K., & Josephs, R. A. (2015, December). Sex differences in the pharmacological manipulation of the physical stress response. The University of Texas at Austin Departmental Honors Day, Austin, Texas.
McDermott, K., Jin, E. S., Rice, L. K., & Josephs, R. A. (2016, April). Sex differences in the pharmacological manipulation of the physical stress response. Anxiety and Depression Association of America Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


MichaelMichael Ng
Email: mictim415(at)utexas.edu
Current Position: Masters student in Clinical Psychology (Chinese University of Hong Kong)

At the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Michael is receiving both academic and clinical training in Clinical Psychology. Michael is hoping to gain practical and research experiences to better prepare himself for a Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology, which he would like to ultimately pursue.

Research Interests: stress, resilience, anxiety, depression, behavioral endocrinology

Select Publications:
Ng, M. T., Jin, E. S., Rice, L. K., & Josephs, R. A. (2015, May). Relationship between levels of resilience and physiological and psychological stress response. The University of Texas at Austin Departmental Honors Day, Austin, Texas.


KristieKristie Garza
Email: kristiemg(at)utexas.edu
Current Position: Doctoral student in Neuroscience (Emory University)

Under the guidance and support of Annabelle Singer (Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Emory University), Kristie examines the biology of learning and memory from health to disease in animal models.

Research Interests: neuroendocrinology, stress, PTSD, sex differences, psychopharmacology, neuroscience

Select Publications:
Garza, K.M., Edgar, E., & Delville, Y. (2014, December). Serotonin and Sociality: An animal model of Autism Spectrum Disorder. The University of Texas at Austin Departmental Honors Day, Austin, Texas.


EmilyEmily Kemp
Email: emilykemp(at)utexas.edu
Current Position: Doctoral student in Clinical Psychology (Louisiana State University)

At Dr. Paul Frick’s research laboratory at Louisiana State University, Emily examines psychopathology from a developmental perspective.

Research Interests: cognition, psychopharmacology, dementia, impulsivity, neuropsychology, psychopathy, self-regulation

Select Publications:
Kemp, E. (2014, December). The Dysfunctional Stress Mechanism in Psychopathy: A Test of Moderation and Mediation. The University of Texas at Austin Departmental Honors Day, Austin, Texas.
Kemp, E. (2015, June). The Dysfunctional Stress Mechanism in Psychopathy: A Test of Moderation and Mediation. Stanford Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Stanford, California.