Research Team

Dr. Allen Omoto, Director


Dr. Omoto is Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty for Pitzer College and professor at CGU. He earned his B.A. from Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, MI, and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He is a social psychologist whose research interests generally focus on interpersonal processes, but specifically on the social and psychological aspects of prosocial behavior and broader civic and political engagement, including volunteerism.


Megan Mansfield, Lab Manager



Megan has a passion for social justice issues with the aim of bringing scientific research and evaluations to bear on policy.  Her current research focuses on prosocial engagement and community building. 

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Lab Alumni

Current Lab Members


Ivy A. Carrete


Ivy is interested in interpersonal relationships, gender, and human sexuality. Her research focuses on the impact of culture and acculturation on gender, sexuality, and the expression of gender norms and gender-role adherence.  

Stasie Dear


Stasie's research interests are broadly focused on pro-environmental engagement and alternative sexual lifestyles. Her Master's Thesis is on motivations for engaging in BDSM, and she is working on a separate project looking at BDSM stigma. 

Jamiela D. Isaiah


Jamiela is interested in morality and prosocial behavior. Her research focuses on the extent to which moral outrage influences individual and group helping behavior.

Mike Knapp


Mike's current research program focuses on intergroup relations, motivation, and prosocial behavior.

Kat McGinley


Kat is interested in alternative sexualities, gender politics, interpersonal relationships and how to change peoples’ attitudes.  Her current research focuses on how people form attitudes about people who are involved in alternative sexualities, specifically those involved in the power dynamics of BDSM.

David M. Mendelsohn


David’s research interests include organizational diversity management practices, especially as related to LGBT populations.  He further intends to examine potential discriminatory hiring practices involving sexual minorities.  

Cody Packard


Cody’s research focuses on how morals influence behavior. He is currently studying how one’s psychological sense of community may predict environmental behaviors better than domain-specific measures of environmental concern.  Additionally, his interests reactance theory, including how opposition to legalizing same-sex partnerships can be explained by reactance, and how reactance interacts with self-uncertainty.   

Apoorva Rajan-Sharma


Apoorva’s research interests include sexual minority issues, consensual non-monogamy, and substance-use behaviors. Her current research focuses on the underlying mechanisms of resilience in lesbian and gay individuals. Additionally, she is interested in the experiences of sexual minority individuals, who are also ethnic minorities.  

Karen Tannenbaum


Karen holds a full-time position as a Research Scientist for Leidos, a defense contracting company, where she focuses her research on interpersonal issues affecting active-duty service members.  In that capacity, Karen works as a research coordinator for the PATH project, and for an ongoing intervention and evaluation study on team communication among deployed Navy teams.  In addition, Karen serves as key personnel for research assessing sexual assault experiences during military service.

Cleopatre Thelus


Cleopatra's interests include culturally sensitive research on health psychology, prosocial behavior, and interpersonal and group processes. She is also Founding Vice-President of Finance for Sister Citizen at Claremont Graduate University. 

Sarah C. Boyle


Sarah's program of research is focused on predictors of well-being, substance use, preventative health behaviors, and healthcare access among sexual minority (LGBT) young adults. She is particularly interested in how intra-group sources of stress and resilience in LGBT communities are implicated in health behavior and well-being.  

Coral M. Bruni


Coral is interested in implicit social cognition and conservation psychology.  Her current research focuses on applying Greenwald’s unified theory of implicit attitudes, stereotypes, self-esteem, and self-concept to implicit environmental identities.  In addition, she is interested in the psychometric properties of a game version of the Implicit Association Test (IAT) and the development of environmental attitudes, particularly from childhood to adulthood.

Nicole Grey

Nicole is interested in how individuals conceptualize their various social identities, the consequences of varying structures of identity (e.g., compartmentalization vs. integration), and how individuals navigate multiple, potentially conflicting identities. She is also interested in multiple minorities' (e.g., LGBT people of color) experiences of identity, community connectedness, group identification, and general health and well-being.

H. Kate St. John


Katie is interested in qualitative data analysis, interpersonal relationship functioning, and the effects of sexual minority identity disclosure on mental health functioning. Specifically, she plans to examine attachment quality in parent /child relationships and its implications for mental health functioning post sexual minority identity disclosure.