Jennifer Richeson

Jennifer A. Richeson is the Philip R. Allen Professor of Psychology at Yale University and Director of the Social Perception and Communication Lab. She received a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Brown University, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in social psychology from Harvard University. Prior to joining the Yale faculty in 2016, she was the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of Psychology at Northwestern University, where she was also a Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Policy Research. Through her research and teaching, Professor Richeson hopes to identify ways to create cohesive environments that are also culturally diverse.

Patrick Hill

Dr. Patrick Hill’s research focuses on how individual dispositions influence outcomes associated with healthy aging and development across the lifespan. His recent work has examined the value of living a purposeful life, being dispositionally forgiving of others, as well as having a conscientious disposition. His research has focused on identifying developmental trends on these and other dispositional traits, the factors that influence their change trajectories over the lifespan, as well as the mechanisms linking them to positive (and negative) outcomes.

Kira Hudson Banks

Dr. Kira Hudson Banks is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Saint Louis University and focuses on race, racial identity and intergroup relations. Dr. Banks’ research program has two trajectories: 1) examining the experience of African Americans with discrimination, and mental health, and 2) diversity in higher education and intergroup relations. She has worked in the field to improve intergroup relations since 1998 through research, community outreach, and school-based interventions at the middle school, high school, and college level.

Teresa Cardador

M. Teresa Cardador ( is Associate Professor of Labor and Employment Relations at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her research centers on how occupations, organizations, and personal orientations toward work (e.g., callings) affect how workers make sense of, and experience meaningfulness in, work. She is particularly interested in the experience of workers in sex-segregated occupations, such as engineering, policing, and nursing. She earned her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the College of Business at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and also holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley.

Anthony Ong

Anthony Ong is Professor of Human Development at Cornell University and Professor of Gerontology in Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. He received his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Southern California and completed his postdoctoral training at the University of Notre Dame. Research in his lab is broadly concerned with the nature and function of human emotion, using a range of tools—standard laboratory experiments, implicit and explicit behavioral measures, and ambulatory assessments and psychophysiology. Recent work has explored how the breadth and relative abundance of emotions that individuals experience is associated with mental and physical health.

Seana Moran

Seana Moran is research assistant professor of developmental psychology at Clark University, USA. She aims to better understand how individuals conceptualize and enact contributing positively to others’ lives and to the common good. Her particular research interests include the development and function of life purpose, the intersection of creativity and ethics, and the emergence of wisdom from a systems perspective.

Rachel Sumner

Rachel Sumner is a postdoctoral associate at Cornell University. As a member of the Program for Research on Youth Development and Engagement (PRYDE), Rachel collaborates with researchers and youth work practitioners to investigate experiences of purpose in life, identity, and diversity in youth development programs. She is especially interested in the ways people explore their options for purpose in life, and how social identities like socioeconomic status or gender might shape access to or engagement with opportunities for exploring purpose.

Onnie Rogers

Dr. Leoandra Onnie Rogers is a developmental psychologist whose research curiosities lie at the intersection of psychology, human development and education. Rogers studies the mechanisms through which macro-level disparities are both perpetuated and disrupted at the micro-level of identities and relationships. Her specific area of research investigates identity development among racially diverse youth in urban contexts; she studies how children and adolescents make sense of their racial/ethnic and gender identities; how cultural stereotypes shape their development; and how they influence social-emotional and academic outcomes. Rogers is an assistant professor of psychology and faculty fellow at the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University. She earned her Ph.D. in developmental psychology from New York University and holds a B.A. in psychology and educational studies from UCLA.

Lisa Kiang

Lisa Kiang is a Professor of Psychology at Wake Forest University.  She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Denver and completed NIMH-funded postdoctoral training at UCLA.  Her research focuses on cultural identity and social relationships, with an emphasis on positive well-being in ethnically diverse and immigrant youth.

Adia Harvey Wingfield

Adia Harvey Wingfield is Professor of Sociology at Washington University in St. Louis. She specializes in research that examines how everyday practices at work maintain racial and gender inequality. In particular, she is an expert on the workplace experiences of minority workers in predominantly white professional settings, and specifically on black male professionals in occupations where they are in the minority. Dr. Wingfield has lectured internationally on her research in this area, and her work has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals including Social Problems, Gender & Society, and American Behavioral Scientist. She is also a contributing writer for The Atlantic. Professor Wingfield is the author of several books, most recently No More Invisible Man: Race and Gender in Men’s Work (Temple University Press), and has won multiple awards from sections of the American Sociological Association. 

Rodica Damian

Rodica Damian is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Houston. She received her PhD from the University of California, Davis in 2013. Her research examines the role of diversifying experiences (including adversity and diversity) on personality development, and downstream consequences for character growth, creativity, success, and well-being. She studies these topics through a variety of methods ranging from historiometric, experimental, to longitudinal studies. In recognition of her research, she has been awarded the Frank Barron Award by Division 10 of APA and the Best Paper Award from the Journal of Research in Personality. She has published over 30 works so far and her research has been covered in national and international media. She currently serves on the editorial boards of Perspectives in Psychological Science and Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science.