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Past Collaborators

Mathew Zawadzki, Ph.D.

Professor Zawadzki is Associate Professor at University of California, Merced. He received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology and Women’s Studies from The Pennsylvania State University in 2012, and completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Biobehavioral Health at The Pennsylvania State University. During his time working with Dr. Stephanie Shields (advisor) his focus included examining the effects of labeling another person's emotions, particularly when emotion labeling will be perceived as positive or negative, when emotion labeling is likely to occur, and how to thwart the negative effects of emotion labeling. Matthew has served on the WAGES project as lead Research Assistant. Among other duties, this work has entailed conducting focus groups and WAGES sessions with a variety of participants ranging from undergraduate students to tenured professors to administrators. Along with Principal Investigator Dr. Stephanie Shields, Matthew has co-designed and administered two large-scale experimental studies to test the effectiveness of WAGES. The results of this work has been presented at a number of venues and conferences, including the biennial meeting for the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues in which his poster won Honorable Mention for Best Poster Award. Furthermore, this work has led to five co-authored journal articles. Matthew received a B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy at Iona College, and an M.A. in Quantitative Methods at Columbia University.

Kaitlin McCormick-Huhn, Ph.D.

Kaitlin McCormick-Huhn is a postdoctoral fellow in the Workplace Law Program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Law. She earned a dual-title Ph.D. in Psychology (Social Psychology Area) and Women’s Studies from Penn State. In her research, she examines gender stereotyped judgments of emotion, proposes methods to infuse intersectionality into psychology, and develops interdisciplinary interventions to mitigate the effects of bias in workplaces and schools. For the WAGES project, she has evaluated effectiveness of WAGES-Academic with faculty and administrators over time and conducted focus groups with STEM faculty and graduate students. Dr. McCormick-Huhn developed WAGES-Business for the business workplace and is currently developing a WAGES intervention for the legal workplace.

Lizbeth Kim, Ph.D.

Lizbeth M. Kim received her dual-title PhD in social psychology and women's, gender, and sexuality studies from Penn State. Her research explores contemporary prejudice reduction strategies (including her collaborative involvement in WAGES-Business) with an emphasis on technology platforms and digitally-mediated intergroup contact. She is currently working in the tech industry conducting marketing/consumer insights research for various companies in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lizbeth received her B.A. in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley and worked in user experience research prior to grad school.

Cinnamon Danube, Ph.D.

Cinnamon is a principal analyst in Institutional Research and Decision Support (IRDS) at the University of California, Merced.  As a unit, IRDS integrates, analyzes, and reports on campus data, including official campus statistics like retention and graduation rates.   She received a PhD in social psychology from Penn State in 2011 and did post-doctoral fellowships both in teaching and research at Penn State and the University of Washington, respectively. She likes working in an applied educational setting like UC Merced because she can see the results of her work put into action.  Her areas of focus at UC Merced are surveys and student success research projects. She has also served on various campus committees and workgroups and is currently a co-chair of the Campus Experience Survey Workgroup – developing a strategic plan for achieving equity goals.  She has also represented UC Merced in collaborations with the UC Office of the President and was the President of the California Association for Institutional Research in 2020.  As a first-generation college student and a product of higher education herself, she loves coming to work every day because she gets to help the campus use data to achieve its mission of teaching, research, and public service.