Research

I use multi-level and cross-national survey analysis and neurological experimental techniques to study social phenomena like ethno-racial inequalities, social exclusion, values and well-being.

I study the social psychology of inter-group relationships with an innovative empirical approach that combines sociological multi-level survey analysis with neurological experimental techniques. As a faculty at the UCR, I have extended my previous research investigating inter-racial conflict within national contexts combining functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) of the brain and psycho-physiological skin conductance measures into studying social and political conflict cross-culturally by collecting new fMRI and survey data from France, Turkey, US and South Korea.

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I serve as the international co-PI of a project awarded funding through a competitive grant program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense Minerva Initiative (2013). Combined with my other studies investigating large-scale opinion data, my research is able to shed light on some of the elusive mechanisms of group contentions and antagonisms such as implicit value priorities or social network dynamics.

In my other research, I primarily focus on ethno-racial disparities of health and well-being and the buffering resources such as value orientations and social support. For example, in one of my recent research projects, I have developed a new multi-domain stress scale to investigate the disparate impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the stress levels and mental health outcomes of different ethnic and racial groups. I have collected national data to test these mechanisms. In some of my other research, I analyze publicly available data (such as the European Social Survey) to examine how factors like discrimination or negative ethnic interactions affect well-being and health and whether or not holding different cognitive frameworks and values might help reduce these negative effects. You can browse my articles to find more about my research.