Principal Investigator

Dr. Jason Okonofua

Assistant Professor, Psychology Department,
University of California, Berkeley, 2016 - present

Post Doctoral Researcher, Psychology Department, Stanford University 2015 - 2016

Ph.D. in Psychology, Stanford University, 2015

B.A. in Psychology and African American Studies, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, 2008

Dr. Jason Okonofua is a professor at University of California-Berkeley. Before assuming this position, he earned his doctorate at Stanford University with the guidance of Dr. Gregory Walton and Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt and currently works with them on a project that investigates psychological barriers to reintegration (return to home and school) for juvenile offenders. Jason’s research program examines social-psychological processes that contribute to inequality. His research has been published in top journals, including Psychological Science and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences; it has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Character Lab, Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education, Diversifying Academia Recruiting Excellence, Stanford University’s Graduate Research Opportunity and the Diversity Dissertation Research Opportunity; and it has been featured on a variety of popular media, including MSNBC, Reuters, Huffington Post, Daily Mail, Pacific Standard, Science Update, Education Week, and the Grio.

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  okonofua@berkeley.edu

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Post-doctoral Fellows

Dr. Faheemah Mustafaa

Post-doctoral Fellow

PhD in Education and Psychology, University of Michigan

M.S. in Psychology, University of Michigan

M.A. in Higher and Postsecondary Education, University of Michigan

B.S. in Biobehavioral Health, Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Faheemah N. Mustafaa is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Psychology (Social-Personality area) at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research primarily focuses on K-12 educators’ racial attitudes and classroom practices, and students’ perceptions of their teachers’ classroom practices. Currently, she manages research partnerships to address racial inequalities in disciplinary, academic, and attendance outcomes in several school districts around the United States. She is committed to work that provides equitable access to education and wellness opportunities for all children.

Dr. Mustafaa earned her doctorate in the Combined Program in Education and Psychology, and master’s degree in Higher Education at the University of Michigan, and a bachelor’s degree in Biobehavioral Health at Pennsylvania State University. She is a Ford Foundation fellow and Co-PI on a $400,000 Jobs for the Future Student-Centered Learning Research Collaborative grant with Dr. Okonofua.

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  fmustafaa@berkeley.edu

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Graduate Students

Helena Karnilowicz

Graduate Student

BA in Psychology with a minor in Child and Youth Studies, University of San Francisco, 2013.

Helena is a fourth year graduate student in the Social/Personality Psychology PhD program at UC Berkeley and a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow. She received her BA in Psychology with a minor in Child and Youth Studies from the University of San Francisco in 2013. Her research focuses on understanding the role of beliefs about emotion control in teacher discipline and socialization behaviors.

Research Interests: Beliefs, emotion regulation, socialization, & child development.

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  hkarnilowicz@gmail.com

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Amanda Perez

Graduate Student

B.A. in Psychology, UC Berkeley, 2014

Amanda completed her B.A. in Psychology at UC Berkeley and directly after graduation entered the Ph.D. program here in the Social-Personality area. She works with Dr. Jason Okonofua in a line of research that explores the impact of biases on disproportionate discipline in Black and Brown students. She also works with Dr. Mendoza-Denton and together they are researching ways of utilizing technology to foster online cross-group friendships and reduce implicit biases.

Research Interests: Implicit biases, prejudice, interventions, intergroup relations, cross-group friendships, & technology.

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  adpc@berkeley.edu

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Shoshana Jarvis

Graduate Student

B.A. in Psychology and a minor in American Ethnic Studies, Willamette University

Shoshana is a 3rd year graduate student and a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow. She graduated with a BA in psychology and a minor in American Ethnic Studies from Willamette University. Before graduate school, she worked as a research assistant with Geoff Cohen at Stanford University and as a lab manager for Geraldine Downey and Niall Bolger at Columbia University. Shoshana also spent a year serving as a corps member at AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps in New York City. She works with Dr. Okonofua on studies and interventions at the intersection of race and criminal justice involvement.

Research Interests: Stigma, privilege, intervention, & intersectionality.

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  sjarvis@berkeley.edu

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Gold Okafor

Graduate Student

B.S. in Biopsychology with a minor in Feminist Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2016

Gold is a 1st year graduate student in the Social/Personality Psychology PhD program. Prior to graduate school, she worked as a research assistant for Dr. Scott Grafton's cognitive neuroscience lab at UC Santa Barbara. She currently works with Dr. Jason Okonofua, Dr. Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton, and Dr. Iris Mauss. Her work with Dr. Okonofua focuses on intersectionality, discrimination, and stress within interventions in the educational system and prison industrial complex.

Research Interests: Stress, interventions, intergroup interaction, intersectionality, emotion expression & regulation.

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  gokafor@berkeley.edu

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Laura Guzman

Graduate Student

B.A. in Psychology, Pomona College

Laura is a first-year graduate student in the Social/Personality Psychology PhD program at UC Berkeley. She graduated from Pomona College with a BA in Psychology. Before coming to Berkeley, she worked as a high school math and science teacher at Josephinum Academy in Chicago. She later moved to the Bay Area to work at Stanford University in two capacities, as an administrative assistant in the Academic Secretary's Office as well as a volunteer research assistant for the College Transition Collaborative. Her research sought to understand how we can create learning environments that facilitate equitable outcomes in higher education.

Research Interests: Understanding emotions, respect, teacher-student relationships, bias, and the development and implementation of interventions.

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  lguzman2@berkeley.edu

Research Assistants

Michael Ruiz

Lab Manager

B.A. in Psychology, UC Berkeley

AA-T at Fresno City College

Michael earned his AA-T at Fresno City College (FCC) and his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley (UCB). Michael is currently studying the ways in which the racial achievement gap in education can be attenuated via the development and implementation of wise-interventions. More broadly, Michael is interested in designing wise-interventions that improve intergroup relationships (interracial and international), racial minorities educational success and subsequent social mobility, and global behavioral-health issues.

Research Interests: Attitudes, Bias, Behavioral-health, Diversity, Education, Emotions, Interventions, Positive Psychology, Socio-economic Status, Social Mobility, and Teacher-Student Relationships.

  ruiz_michael@berkeley.edu

Ana Jusay

Research Assistant

B.A. in Psychology, UC Berkeley

Born and raised in the Philippines, Ana learned the importance of education early in her life. Since then, she has been an advocate of helping less fortunate people to gain access to quality education. She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of California - Berkeley with a B.A. in Psychology. This has allowed her to collaborate with the Okonofua lab since Fall 2017 as a research assistant. She believes the work they do helps reduce the impact of implicit bias and helps improve people's chance to have a better future.

Ana is also a Registered Behavioral Technician helping children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder to bring meaningful and positive change in their behavior. Some of her research interest is how mental illness impacts the family/community of the patient, intrinsic motivation, and prejudice and discrimination.

  anajusay@berkeley.edu

Mireya Tellechea

Research Assistant

B.A. Psychology, UC Berkeley

Mireya recently completed her BA in Psychology from UC Berkeley. In the past she has participated in research regarding the role of implicit bias on perceived abilities and characteristics of individuals. Her research interests include identity, stereotypes, stigma, and education. She plans to continue to participate in research that directly impacts underserved communities.

  mireyatell10@berkeley.edu

Sogigie Sherfa

Research Assistant

Sogigie Sherfa is a undergraduate 3rd year studying at the University of California, Berkeley. She is an Interdisciplinary Major whose focus is on Medical Administration. Sogigie's research interests extend to examining the disparity in health found among different communities, especially those of people of color.

  ssherfa@berkeley.edu