Lab Members

The Social Roles and Identity Lab Members!


Lab Director and Principal Investigator (PI)

Dr. Alyssa Croft

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I joined the faculty at UA after receiving my PhD from the University of British Columbia in 2016. My research interests span a range of psychological topics relating to social roles, identity, and group membership. I am drawn to questions of how, when, and why people are constrained by invisible psychological barriers, such as stereotypes and societal expectations. The studies being conducted in my lab can be roughly categorized into three related (but not always overlapping) programs of research: 1) Self and identity: Who am I? What do I want? Who will I become? What social factors predict/influence the answers to these questions? 2) Belonging and success in social roles: What is my place in the world? Why do some contexts feel like a better/worse “fit” for me than others? 3) Self-regulation: How and when do I change my behavior in social interactions? What are the potential consequences of trying to censor my automatic biases?

When not trying to answer these fascinating research questions, I enjoy traveling, reading, rock climbing, playing games (board, video, anything), and hanging out with my husband (Nate) and our two sweet pups (Loki and Typhon)!


Grad Students

Ciara Atkinson

My name is Ciara Atkinson and I am a third-year psychology PhD student at the University of Arizona. In 2017, I graduated from Otterbein University with a major in Psychology (B.S.) and a minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. In the Fall of 2017, I began my PhD studies at the UA working with Dr. Alyssa Croft in the Social Roles and Identity Lab. I received my M.A in Psychology in Spring 2019. Broadly, my research addresses issues related to stereotypes and social identity. In my work, I am interested in understanding how societal gender role expectations shape the social roles people enact. I am also interested in understanding how people respond to and recover from social identity threats.


Hannah Buie

Hi my name is Hannah Buie. I graduated with a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Upon graduating, I moved to Washington, DC where I first worked in development and administration in the nonprofit sector. I then joined DC Bilingual Public Charter School as Operations Manager where I oversaw finance, human resources, building operations, and the nutrition program. In 2016, I moved back to North Carolina to attend a graduate program in experimental psychology. My thesis examined thought suppression related to stereotyping. I received my M.A. from Western Carolina University in 2019. I am now a Ph.D. candidate working in the Social Roles and Identity Lab researching how motivation and social identity shape self-perception and interactions across social groups.


Ellen Carroll

Hello! My name is Ellen Carroll and I am a first-year graduate student at the University of Arizona. I earned my B.S. in Psychology with a B.A. in Sociology from Western Washington University in 2018. I am completing my graduate studies under the mentorship of Dr. Alyssa Croft and Dr. Tammi Walker.

My research interests are primarily concerned with intergroup relations and the underlying processes that influence expressions of prejudice and discrimination in the areas of race, gender, and policy. More specifically, I am interested in examining: (1) how common stereotypes influence interactions between majority and minority group members, (2) the social consequences of attempting to conceal biases, and (3) how perceptions of institutional policies vary based on group membership and other individual differences.


Lab Manager

Rayan Abdelghauom


Research Assistants

Sean Thayer

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My name is Sean Thayer and I am a graduate of the University of Arizona, as well as a research assistant in both the Social Roles and Identity Laboratory and the Human Memory Laboratory. My primary goal in engaging with these laboratories is to build experience designing, conducting, and analyzing research related to social psychology and neuropsychology, with the end goal of applying to PhD programs in 2019. Broadly, my interests cover aspects of emotion regulation, the human stress response, how these topics impact behavior and our social construction of identity, and how we can utilize a range of measurements (e.g. fMRI, ECG, BP) to learn more about these topics.


Julie Kelley

My name is Julie Kelley and I am majoring in Psychological Sciences at the University of Arizona. I am currently enrolled in my senior year, and am a Research Assistant on the Social Roles and Identity lab. I love studying psychological sciences and hope to further my education in it by attending graduate school after my time at the University of Arizona.


Fiona Nguyen

My name is Fiona Nguyen and I am a junior and part of the Honors College at the University of Arizona. I major in Pre-Psychological Science and minor in Public Health. In Fall 2019, I joined the Views of Application Processes Study in the Social Roles and Identity Lab. I am interested in clinical and social psychology fields and hope to pursue one of these studies in graduate school.


Natali Garcia-Quezada

My name is Natali Garcia-Quezada and I am in my third year as an undergrad at the University of Arizona double majoring in Psychology and Spanish, and double minoring in Portuguese and Theatre. I am currently a part of the Social Roles and Identity Lab with the hopes of applying to graduate school sometime in the future. When I am not studying, I like to listen to musicals, read poetry, and talk loudly throughout movies.


Josh Brown

 My name is Josh Brown. I am a Junior working toward my BS in Psychological Science with a minor in Sociology, and working as a research assistant within the Social Roles and Identity Lab. I am currently working on the Social Media and Social Identity Threat study, in which I will also be working on for my Honors Thesis. My research interests tend to focus within Social Psychology, broadly within the categories of social and self identity, social norms, and in-group and out-group bias with the future goal of applying to Social Psychology PhD programs in Fall 2021.


Kobe Rick


My name is Kobe Ricks and I’m a junior at the University of Arizona. I’m majoring in Psychological Sciences and minoring in Biochem. I joined the lab in Spring 2020 and am currently working on the MTS study. I’m hoping to do a PhD in social psych here at the UofA after I graduate.