M.A. Psychological & Brain Sciences, Washington University – St. Louis
B.A. Psychology and Sociology, University of Missouri
Megan’s research centers around her broader goal of furthering issues related to diversity and inclusion. Megan is broadly interested in the relationship between discrimination and purpose in life, as well as identifying the personal and situational factors that lead an individual to engage in activism as their purpose in life.
- Lai, C.K., & Wilson, M.E. (2020). Measuring implicit intergroup biases. Social and Personality Psychology Compass. https://doi.org/10.1111/spc3.12573
- In a sample of older adults, I have explored the relationships between everyday and major discrimination and sense of purpose, and explored how these relationships differ depending on one’s race and the perceived reason for discrimination.
- I have begun coding on a psychobiography aimed at identifying the personal and situational factors that led Cori bush to engage in activism and politics.
- In a representative sample of the St. Louis area, I aim to identify the factors that relate to engagement with different forms of activism (e.g., Black Lives Matter, March for Life).
Outside of her research, Megan is committed to furthering DE&I initiatives in the department, university, and St. Louis area. Megan is the student chair of the Psychology Graduate Student Diversity Committee, and a student representative for the Psychological & Brain Sciences Departmental Diversity Committee. Megan also serves as the VP of Finance for the Graduate Student Senate. Outside of WashU, Megan also volunteers as a notary and election judge.
Get to know Megan!
Megan enjoys popcorn, movies, and a nice Chianti, preferably all together! She also enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching the Below Deck franchise, and taking walks in the park. Megan is also a cat person (but don’t tell her labmates).