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Congratulations to SPSSI's Spring 2021 Researchers in the Global South Grants Recipients:

Fahima Mohideen (Rutgers University)
Motivations for Social Action in India

Jeongeun Park (University of Bristol)
Duygu Cavdar (Ministry of Education, Turkey)
Paola Ramírez G. (University of Talca, Chile)
Human Agency and Psychological Well-being in an Emerging Immigrant Destination: Venezuelan Young People in Chile

Fahima Mohideen


Fahima Mohideen is a third-year graduate student in the PhD Psychology program at Rutgers University, Newark, where she works in the Well-being Lab with Dr. Samantha J. Heintzelman. Her research interests lie at the intersection of social and positive psychology–she is interested in studying well-being and positive outcomes in individual and social contexts. She has a particular interest in carrying out psychological research with understudied populations. In some of her current work she explores the experience of social mobility among first generation college students, and the role of meaning in life and well-being in collective action.

Prior to starting graduate school, Fahima worked at Christ University, India, on a research project aimed at developing a positive schooling intervention for middle school students. She received an MS in Applied Psychology from Pondicherry University, India, where she conducted research on caste-based microaggressions among college students.

Jeongeun Park

      Jeongeun Park is a doctoral researcher at the University of Bristol in the UK. She holds an MSc in Psychology of Education (University of Bristol). Her doctoral research aims to understand group-level inequalities in the development of occupational aspirations and academic performance in middle childhood and adolescence. She draws on life course approach, intersectionality, and social and developmental psychological theories. Her doctoral project is based on the statistical analysis of large-scale and longitudinal secondary datasets. In general, she is interested in inequalities based on social categories (e.g. ethnicity/race, socioeconomic status, gender) and their relations with child development, especially human agency factors. She explores these interests by applying quantitative and mixed methods approaches.

Duygu Cavdar

    Dr. Duygu Cavdar received her Master's in Counseling Psychology from Ankara University and her PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Bristol. In her doctoral thesis, she conducted a mixed methods study and explored how second-generation Turkish young people develop their ethnic identity in the UK and how this aligns with different acculturation orientations, perceived discrimination, and mental health outcomes. She is currently working as an Educational Specialist at the Ministry of Education Turkey. She has a strong interest in developmental social psychology and the psychological side of immigration. Her research interests particularly include adolescence and identity formation, ethnic identity, acculturation, psychological well-being and mental health. She has published several peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in her field.

Paola Ramírez G.

    Dr. Paola Ramírez G. started as a mathematics teacher in Chile and moved to a research career by obtaining a doctorate in Mathematics Education at the University of Bristol in the UK (supported by the Conicyt Scholarship). She is currently working as an assistant lecturer at the University of Talca, Chile. As an early career researcher, she is involved in research around pre-service teachers in an online environment; nature, mathematics and outside the classroom. In her doctoral thesis, she made a methodological contribution about re-observing the emergence of mathematics learning through conversations in a classroom from an enactivist perspective noting how the micro-historicity, empathy and awareness from teachers and learners play a role when the learning is happening. Her research interests generally lie in learning outside the classroom, nature, social justice, enactivism, interactions and awareness.

2020 Recipients

Akanksha Adya
Feeding on Individual Accountability: Narrating Motherhood in Neoliberal India

Monisha Dhingra, Jennifer Sheehy Skeffinton, and Sujoy Chakra
Does Poverty Know no Caste? Unpacking the Relationship between Caste and Poverty in India

Aleksandra Lazić
The opportunities and the pitfalls of communicating country-level vaccination rates: Experimentally testing the selfish-rationality vs. the social-rationality hypothesis in a sample of Serbian participants

Sheri Levy
Luisa Fernanda Ramírez

How Aging Stereotypes, Aging Anxiety, and Social Support impact the Mental and Physical Health of Middle Age and Older Colombians during the COVID19 Pandemic

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