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Mathew Zawadzki Ph.D.

Mathew Zawadzki, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


Professor Zawadzki joined UC Merced in July of 2014. 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.