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Melanie Maimon

Social Psychology PhD Candidate

Pronouns: she/her/hers

I graduated with a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. I am a doctoral candidate in Social Psychology at Rutgers University, New Brunswick working under the advisement of Dr. Diana Sanchez in the CRIS Lab. I also collaborate with Dr. Shana Cole (RAMP Lab), Dr. Kristina Howansky, and Dr. Jacqueline Chen (SCIP Lab). 

My research broadly focuses on identity, stigma, and inclusion, and aims to improve our understanding of factors that can prevent or encourage the participation of people with stigmatized identities across social environments. 

I am passionate about teaching and mentoring undergraduate students in the lab and classroom. As a TA Project Coordinator at Rutgers University, I have provided graduate students with tips and techniques for teaching in higher education.

I strive to create inclusive and equitable learning environments in the classroom and lab for all students, including those with diverse backgrounds and identities. 

2022 Recipient of the Wilbert J. McKeachie Teaching Excellence Award from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology