YuliaYulia Chentsova Dutton, Ph. D.
Yulia is a native of Russia. She received her Ph.D from Stanford University and is currently an Associate Professor of Psychology at Georgetown University. Her research interests center on cultural shaping of emotions and social support. Her research bridges cultural and clinical psychology by examining how emotions and social support emerge from the interaction of universal tendencies (e.g., emotionally-valenced responses to personally relevant events, tendency to use social resources to solve problems), cultural scripts, and situational cues.



Current Graduate Student

annaleontyevaAnna Leontyeva
Anna entered the PhD program on Public Policy and Human Development in 2016. She graduated from the Psychology Department of Moscow State University and worked several years at the Higher School of Economics as a social psychologist. During that period she was involved in cross-cultural projects on self-presentation, beliefs and emotions, and conducted some qualitative investigations on drug users’ identity narratives in Russia in the context of current social politics. She is interested in understanding how both cultural and social contexts shape interpersonal emotions like trust and what the consequences are for self-attitudes and well-being.



Current Research Assistants

IMG_9529Amber Dobos, RA. EBornemanElizabeth Borneman, RA. Darcy 4x6Darcy Campbell, RA.
Amber is a current post-baccalaureate student in Georgetown’s pre-medical program pursuing a career in mental health.  She received her Bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University where she majored in Psychology, minored in Human Sexuality, and worked as a research assistant in the Social Perception, Attitudes, Mental Stimulation Lab.  Previously a member of the Nursing and Case management team in Glide’s Health Clinic, she assisted in the comprehensive aid of the underserved community.  Amber is interested in the diverse intersects of gender, identity, affirmation, orientation, culture, ableism, and socioeconomic status and how they relate to accessibility in health care. Elizabeth graduated from Georgetown University in 2017 with a BS in Neurobiology. She joined the Culture and Emotions lab in Summer 2016 to explore questions about students’ diverse perspectives of belonging across social and locational contexts on campus, and effects of belonging on academic success and social engagement. She is passionate about intersections between ‘student psychology’ and cognitive and computational neuroscience. She is currently a part time student and research technician at Baylor College of Medicine and Rice University before attending graduate school in Fall 2018. She continues to work with the Belonging study team in the Culture and Emotions Lab. Darcy is a sophomore at Georgetown pursuing a psychology major and a biology minor while completing her pre-medical requirements. She is interested in clinical and cultural psychology and has been a research assistant for the Belongingness study team since spring 2016. She is passionate about understanding stress and mental illness in a college setting and advocating for mental health awareness and the proper treatment of mental illnesses. She eventually would like to become a psychiatrist and move back to her home state of Washington.
Bethany ChanBethany Chan, RA. IMG_2663Sophia Chi, RA. ProfileVincent Dong, RA.
Bethany is a junior at Georgetown pursuing a Psychology major, Sociology minor, and Asian Studies certificate. She is passionate about the intersection between culture and psychology, and decided to join as an RA in the Culture and Emotions Lab. Born and raised in New York City, she is an advocate for social justice and diversity awareness, along with mental health awareness in various cultures. Sophia is a junior in the College majoring in Psychology and minoring in Biology on the Pre-Medical Track. She joined the Culture and Emotions Lab last spring and is excited to learn more about the interaction between culture and psychology. In lab, she analyzes and organizes the data collected from a variety of the lab’s research projects. As an international student with a multicultural background, she believes that the knowledge that she has gained from her experiences will help her in understanding the relationship between psychology and culture. In her free time, she enjoys exploring new places, spending time with her friends and learning new things. Vincent is a junior at Georgetown University pursuing a Human Science Major in the School of Nursing and Health Studies. He is interested in how social interactions affect behavior patterns. Growing up in New York City all his life, he has been exposed to many different cultures and customs. He is an advocate for mental health and continually works to break the stigma behind it. He loves to eat and travel in new places.
photo_deryaDerya Gürcan, visiting researcher. ?Dinah Farrell, RA. sashaSasha Monteiro, RA / visiting researcher.
Derya received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology in Turkey. She studied the discrepancy people experience between their different self-concepts, how this discrepancy causes psychological problems, and how different personal resources like emotion regulation, resilience, and personality traits affect this relationship. During her clinical practice, her interest in the effect of emotions and emotion regulation on psychological well-being increased. She is also very interested in the role of culture on emotional experience, and cultural differences on the relationship between emotions and psychological well-being. Dinah is a senior in the College studying Psychology. She is interested in the way culture shapes our psychology and vice versa. After undergrad, she would like to go on to work in the mental health field as a therapist. It is important to her to understand the implications one’s culture can have on their upbringing, perspective, and well being. She joined the lab in summer 2017 to gain more insight into the specific research being done at Georgetown on culture and emotions. She works to assist with the progression of various projects in the lab through data collection and transcribing. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, spending time outside, and laughing with friends. Sasha graduated from the University of Vienna, Austria, in 2015 with a Master’s degree in Psychology. She took her final exam in Social and Developmental Psychology and in her thesis focused on intergenerational exchanges between emerging and older adults. By setting a special focus on specific aspects of intercultural research during her studies, going on two semesters abroad (Urbana-Champaign, IL; Budapest, Hungary) and having a multicultural background, she got exposed to different cultural settings and came to appreciate psychological topics dealing with culture.
IMG_3398 (1)Emmanuel Thomas, RA. IMG_3205Meghan Siritzky, RA. IMG_3150Mark Keffer, RA.
Emmanuel is a senior at Georgetown University, studying psychology and music. He was born and raised in the District of Columbia. His passion for diversity and studying social influences on behavior within the educational context influenced his decision to join the Belongingness Study team during the summer of 2017. He is pursuing a career in mental health and is excited to explore interactions between mental health and higher learning, especially among first-generation college students. Meghan graduated from Barnard College in 2017 with a B.A. in Environmental Science and a minor in Psychology. She joined the Culture and Emotions lab in Fall 2017 to explore her passion for studying the intersection of culture and emotions, especially as it pertains to cross-culture dialogue and conflict resolution. She previously worked as a research assistant at the Columbia Couples Lab assisting in research on stereotype threat, and is also currently working as a research assistant at the University of Maryland Culture Lab, where she is performing background research on measures of tightness-looseness across cultures. Mark is a junior in the college at Georgetown University pursuing a double-major in psychology and fine art. He is also minoring in economics. He is a peer supporter at Georgetown, working with Project Lighthouse. He is interested in how culture determines levels of independence among individuals and how that independence may determine that person’s expression of emotions and shape their developmental stages of life. He recently worked as a research assistant for Dare Association during which he wrote a research paper on existential crises. He is hoping to pursue a Ph.D. in a psychology-related field after graduating from college.
Anna Kashevarova, RA.


Interested in Becoming a Lab Member?
Undergraduates interested in cultural psychology, affective science or clinical science are encouraged to inquire about joining the lab. As a research assistant, you could be working on participant recruitment and screening, data entry, coding of open-ended responses, collecting and processing behavioral and physiological data, or assistance with preparation of manuscripts. We ask for a commitment of at least 5 hours/week. Please email Dr. Chentsova Dutton, and we will arrange a meeting to discuss potential projects. In your email, please include the following information:1) What are your qualifications? (education, previous research experience, coursework) Please include your CV/resume and a transcript of your grades

2) What makes you especially interested in joining our lab?

3) Who can provide a reference for you?

Thank you for your interest in our lab!

Alumni, Graduate Students

nicoleNicole Senft, Ph. D.
Nicole earned her PhD in the Human Development and Public Policy Track in June 2016 and is currently working as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit, MI. Her research applies a cultural psychological perspective toward examining how beliefs and expectations about emotions guide interpersonal behavior. Her graduate work examined the content and consequences of beliefs about the value of emotions and beliefs about the spread of one’s emotions to others. Her current work examines these topics as they relate to racial disparities in cancer treatment and survivorship, investigating how people with cancer interact with healthcare providers, informal support networks, and online communities.



Alumni, Research Assistants and Visiting Researchers

Nina Alpert, RA.

Shaina Bernstein, RA.

Melis Durdag, RA.

William, Ebeler, RA.

Sam Freel, RA.

Sarah Giola, RA.

Emily Kim, RA.

Isabelle Ruiz De Luzuriagia, RA.

Luisa Melero, visiting researcher

Susannah Price, RA.

Sarah Rabon, RA.

Cristina Sanchez, RA.

Meg Wallace, RA.