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Principal Investigator
Michelle L. Stock, PhD


Dr. Stock received her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in psychology from Iowa State University. She is interested in many areas of social and health

psychology, including: sexual behaviors, sun protection interventions,

substance use, discrimination and racial disparities in health, gender differences in health cognitions and behaviors, social comparison, perceived vulnerability, and dual-processing models. Dr. Stock teaches classes in social psychology, health psychology, health interventions, and social influence at GWU.

Dr. Stock's CV

Graduate Students
 Katarina Aubuchon, M.A.

Katarina (Kate) is currently a fifth year doctoral candidate. In December 2016, she received her B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy from Furman University. Prior to attending GWU, she conducted research in a cardiology clinic at Baylor Research Institute in Temple, Texas. She also has an interest in substance use, including why young adults use e-cigarettes and how we can intervene to prevent e-cigarette use in non-smoking youth. However, her passion is in health inequalities, and how health inequalities can be mitigated through social-behavioral interventions. In particular, her research interests include the role that eliminating racial discrimination will have on health inequalities in the long term.

                                                                                                       Aubuchon CV


Stacy Post, M.A. 

Stacy is a third year doctoral student. She received her MA in Communication from Johns Hopkins University and BA from American University. Stacy's research interests include how negative social experiences, such as loneliness, gender discrimination, and social exclusion, affect health behaviors (e.g. substance use, eating, sexual risk behaviors). Stacy is also interested in understanding how protective factors, such as self-compassion interventions and individual differences, can buffer the impact of negative social experiences. Stacy joined the doctoral program at GWU after spending time in non-profit organizations where she conducted market and user behavior research to communicate social issues. 

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Research Assistants
  • Megan Lang
  • Katrina King
  • Meg Lyons
  • Prudence Olivia Lindbergh 
  • Adil Ather
  • Tyv Faggioni-Balcazar 
  • Sidra Mohiudddin 
  • Christian Williams 
  • Skyler Rosenberg 
  • Mark Pipa
  • Sophie Blitsman
  • Chelsea Rianto
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