Team

Yulia 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.

Curriculum Vitae: CV2015

Current Graduate Student

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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

emily picture.jpgEmily Kim, RA.
Emily grew up moving back and forth between the US and Korea (experiencing a culture shock each time), and naturally became interested in how culture shapes people’s beliefs, emotions, and expressions. She studied psychology at Northwestern University, where she conducted an independent research project about generational changes in interdependence levels of South Korean adults. She is interested in the interaction between emotional experience and health, and how cultural factors might mediate this relationship. Outside of the lab, she likes to bake, draw, and discover new cafes in the neighborhood.
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Amber Dobos, 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. 
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Sasha Monteiro, RA.
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. She is excited to be working in the Culture and Emotions lab for the next year.
SP PhotoSusannah Price, RA.
Susannah is a junior at Georgetown University majoring in Psychology and English. She is excited to work as an RA in the Culture and Emotions Lab. She became interested in psychology during her freshman year at Cornell University, and has enjoyed learning more about the field in her classes at Georgetown and as a research assistant. Her main interests include clinical and abnormal psychology, and she is thrilled to gain more experience as a part of the team.
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Bethany Chan, 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.
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Meg is a Senior at Georgetown majoring in Psychology and minoring in Biology and Sociology. She joined as an RA in the Culture and Emotions Lab last year and has loved her experience ever since. Meg started studying psychology at her high school in San Francisco, California and was immediately fascinated by the field. She is especially interested in how culture affects interpersonal relationships and communication. In addition to studying psychology, Meg enjoys making bad puns, running, and laughing with her friends (probably not at her bad puns).
Elizabeth Borneman, 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 grades2) 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

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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

Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 11.52.15 AMMelis Durdag, RA.
Melis graduated from from Georgetown University in May 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology. As an international student from Turkey, she was fascinated by the impact of cultural differences in her life. She joined the Culture and Emotions lab in Fall 2014 as a Research Assistant and became the Lab Manager in Summer 2015. Melis is more specifically interested in the role of emotions in decision-making and consumer behavior. Currently, she is pursuing a degree in consumer psychology. 
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Sarah Giola, RA.
Sarah graduated from Penn State University in 2014 with a B.A. in Psychology. As an undergraduate, she served as a research assistant in Louis Castonguay’s clinical research lab and as the lab manager of Dr. Jose Soto’s Culture, Health, and Emotion lab. Her research interests revolve around the interactions of culture, discrimination, and health. Sarah now works at the American Psychological Association as a Research Assistant in the Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation and is pursuing PhD programs in social psychology.
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Will is a senior at the University of California, Davis, majoring in Sociology with minors in Statistics and Theater. He spent the summer of 2016 as an RA at the Culture and Emotions Lab and helped on the Lab’s current projects. A background in music and theater has made him interested in how culture shapes individual experience, and he is excited to study that further in his career.
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Shaina Bernstein, RA.
Shaina is a sophomore at Georgetown University double majoring in Psychology and History.  She was excited to join the RAs in the Culture and Emotions Lab.  Shaina was looking forward to applying her knowledge from a variety of Psychology courses to the ongoing research projects in the lab.
DSC_0967Cristina Sanchez, RA.
Cristina is a rising Junior at SUNY Purchase double majoring in Psychology and Theatre & Performance. She joined the Culture and Emotions lab at Georgetown in the summer of 2016 and thoroughly enjoyed her time working with all the RAs. She grew up in various places around the United States, has a Colombian background and studied abroad for a semester in London in fall 2016, which all have greatly peeked her interest in culture and is what led her to become invested in this lab.
Screen Shot 2016-02-01 at 1.31.11 PMNina Alpert, RA.
Nina is a recent graduated of UC Berkeley (’15) where she studied Psychology. As an undergraduate she worked in the Berkeley Early Learning Lab where she completed her senior honors thesis on active learning in school-aged children. Now Nina is shifting her focus more towards clinical psychology. Spending time abroad in South Africa, Europe, Southeast Asia and Australia gave her a passion for cultural nuances and lead her to the Culture and Emotions Lab at Georgetown. She was very excited to gain more experience with psychological research. She is currently working as Dr. Linda Chaos’s research coordinator at the VA.
head shotIsabelle Ruiz De Luzuriagia, RA.
Isabelle is a senior at Georgetown University majoring in Psychology with a minor in Spanish. She is particularly interested in abnormal and developmental psychology. She started assisting with the Culture and Emotions Lab last fall.
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Sam Freel, RA.

Sam Freel is a post-grad with hopes of studying race and cultural psychology as a PhD student. He was at the lab since summer 2015 and worked with Dr. Chentsova and fellow RAs on projects covering emotion, social support and emerging adulthood. 
12573729_10153885588843454_648745129141782179_nSarah Rabon, RA.
Sarah majored in Psychology and Sociology from Georgetown University. She joined the lab in the fall of 2015 after taking a cultural psychology course that piqued her interest in the lab’s research efforts. She now joined the Doctoral Program in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at the University of Central Florida. 
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Luisa Melero, visiting researcher
Luisa is a PhD candidate in Educational Psychology at the University of Valencia (Spain). She is a social psychologist, cultural mediator and Master on international migration. She worked for several years in Valencia in a Center of Studies focused on migration, interculturality and social integration. Some of the main study lines which she worked on were emotional and cultural competences in public policy and psycho-social support skills for professionals working with immigrated people. She is interested in the role of emotions in cultural competences in educational contexts, the emotional competences in multicultural contexts and their links with identity, mindfulness and resilience.