DISI Graduate Fellows

The Diversity and Inclusion Science Initiative (DISI) provides fellowships annually to first-year doctoral students in the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics. Consistent with the mission of the DISI, this fellowship is designed to support students who come from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in doctoral training. Underrepresentation may be defined by a range of factors including, but not limited to, ethnic-racial background, socioeconomic circumstances, gender identity, religion, or sexual orientation. The alignment of students' research interests with the goals of the DISI (https://thesanfordschool.asu.edu/disi) is considered in awarding these fellowships. Financial need is not a factor in this one-year fellowship, and it is not renewable. Fellowship recipients are selected by the Graduate Committee during the admissions process.

Fellowship recipients receive an academic-year stipend (i.e., $17,000 for pre-master's students and $21,000 for post-master's students), tuition and health insurance, and $1,000 in professional development funds. Students will have a DISI faculty mentor and will participate in DISI-related events throughout the year. As part of their fellowship, students are expected to work on a DISI-related research project during their first year.

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Stephan Scrofani

Education:

2013 M.A. Psychology (Psi Chi), Advisor: Richard Velayo, Ph.D. Pace University, New York, NY
2008 B.A. Double Major: Psychology and Media & Communications, Minor: Religious Studies (Theta Alpha Kappa), Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA

Faculty Advisor: Carol Martin, Professor

DISI Project: Gender Integration in Co-ed Classrooms

My research focuses on the role of gender integration on changes in academic achievement and school-related engagement, among 4th-6th grade students in co-ed public schools. In this way, we research the degree to which gender integration varies within and across classrooms, its stability over time, and how this variation predicts educational outcomes. In addition, I am interested in how parenting approaches aimed to correct gender non-conforming behavior influences gender identity and mental health outcomes, especially among gender minority youth. More specifically, I am interested in how attachment between transgender youth and their parents impacts gender-related self-affirmations.

Kamryn Morris

Kamryn Morris

Education:

2018 Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Development with a Minor in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA

Faculty Advisors:

Eleanor Seaton, Associate Professor
Sarah Lindstrom Johnson, Assistant Professor

DISI Project: The DERBY Study

I am interested in the racial identity of Black adolescents. In particular, my research focuses on how racial identity relates to Black adolescents perception of their daily life experiences of racial discrimination (e.g. being followed, being accused of something). I am also interested in how parental socialization influences the academic outcomes of Black adolescents. I also research intervention design, with a particular focus on community-based interventions.

Abigail Gabriel

Abigail Gabriel

I am interested in ethnic identity development in Multiracial Americans and Asian Americans. In particular, my research focuses on how identity integration relates to culturally specific risk factors (e.g., perceived discrimination, acculturation). I am also interested in how processes of ethnic identity integration relate to outcomes across multiple domains of resilience (e.g., academic achievement, psychological well-being, interpersonal relationships).

Education:

2017 B.S. Major: Psychology Minors: Neuroscience and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, MN

Faculty Advisor:

Brandon Yoo, Associate Professor

DISI Project: Multiracial Identity Project

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Xiaoye

Xiaoye Xu

My research focuses on the influence of parents on adolescents' and young adults' socio-emotional development. In particular, I investigate the impact of culture on parents' beliefs and behavior, and my research has involved studies of both Mexican American and Chinese families. Through my current and future research, I aim to understand ethnic differences in parenting and the ways in which children's understanding about ethnic diversity influences their positive behavior. I study these research questions across relationships and contexts (i.e., within individuals, dyads, families, and ethnic groups). I also explore and use research methods (i.e., statistical models) and approaches that capture similarities and differences in parenting and behavior at individual, familial, and cultural levels.

Education:

2017 M.A. Social Psychology Advisor: David Matsumoto, Ph.D. San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA

2014 B.A. Major: Psychology Minor: East Asian Studies Smith College Northampton, MA

Faculty Advisor:

Tracy Spinrad, Professor

DISI Project: The role of parental cry reactivity and responsiveness in the development of infant behavior regulation: from pregnancy through the first 2 years of life.

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