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Fall 2023 Recipients:

Daily Lives and Future Hopes of Mayan Adolescents in Guatemala

Judith Gibbons

Brien Ashdown

Leonor Gaitán


Judith Gibbons
Saint Louis University

Brien Ashdown
Albizu University

Leonor Gaitán
Erasmus University

The research team consists of Judith Gibbons, Professor Emerita of Psychology at Saint Louis University, Brien Ashdown, Professor of Psychology at Albizu University, and Leonor Gaitán, a doctoral student at Erasmus University. Drs. Gibbons and Ashdown have served on the editorial boards of international journals including International Perspectives in Psychology and the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology. They both conduct research on the topics of cultural and adolescent developmental psychology in the majority world, especially Guatemala. In addition, Brien Ashdown works in the area of community development and Judith Gibbons on gender issues and girls’ development. Ms. Gaitán studied at the Universidad de Valle in Guatemala and is currently a doctoral candidate at Erasmus University in the Netherlands where she is doing research on global citizenship and intercultural communication. Research assistants, Lidia and Fernando Tomín, are from the K’iche Mayan village of Semejá Segundo. 

Mapping the lifeworlds of marginalized sexual subjects in educational institutions in India

Sudarshan Kottai



    Sudarshan Kottai
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Palakkad

Sudarshan R Kottai is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology Palakkad and a Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for Equity Studies, New Delhi. Trained as a clinical psychologist, his research is focused on 'modernsing ' mental health systems in the Global South and their relationship with the wider social world. His doctoral research investigated everyday narratives and practices of mental health care and chronicity constructed by official discourses of state and bio-medicine. Informed by the politics, history and philosophy of psy disciplines, he examines the complexities and ambiguities of increasing metricalisation, technocratisation, globalization and scientifisation of mental health care. He grapples with questions of philosophical interest in mental health care like why mainstream mental health academia/research/ practice primarily engages in “mirroring” the world rather than in “world-making”.

 “It´s a matter of respect!” The Role of Respect in Intergroup Processes in Chilean Society. The case of Latin American Immigrants and Mapuche People

David Sirlopú

Claudia Pérez-Salas


David Sirlopú
Universidad San Sebastián 

David Sirlopú is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Psychology and Humanities at Universidad San Sebastián (Concepción, Chile). He is broadly interested in tolerance and respect as factors involved in intergroup processes, as well as in acculturation among Latin American immigrants who have decided to settle on the same continent and integrate into the majority society.

Claudia Pérez-Salas
Universidad de Concepción

Claudia Paz Pérez-Salas is a Full Professor in the Psychology Department at the Universidad de Concepción, Chile. She earned her Ph.D. from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and holds a Diploma in Cognitive Neuropsychology. Her current research focuses on inclusive education, school engagement, and the neuropsychological assessment of students with learning disabilities. Dr. Pérez-Salas is dedicated to advancing our understanding of these critical areas within the field of psychology.

Chilean Activists' Perspectives on Collective Action and Social Change Post-October 2019 Protests

Micaela Varela




Micaela Varela
New York University

Micaela Varela (she/her) is a doctoral student in NYU Steinhardt's Psychology and Social Intervention program. Using an intersection of social, political, and community psychology, Micaela studies intergroup relations and conflicts. Her research focuses on collective action movements and community building to achieve social change in applied settings. She is part of the Intergroup Conflict and Social Change Lab, working with Dr. Rezarta Bilali on projects related to historical narratives, collective action, social cohesion, and violence prevention in different contexts (e.g., Burkina Faso, the United States and Chile). Before pursuing her doctoral studies, Micaela graduated as a psychologist from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC), and worked as a lab manager and research assistant at PUC's Social Psychology Lab.

Spring 2023 Recipients:

"Women Are Warm, But She Isn't": Psychological Mechanisms and Conditions that Intervene in the Application of Gender Stereotypes

Sarah Paz Martín

Sarah Paz Martín is a Ph.D. candidate in Psychology at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Her main research areas are gender studies, methods, and science communication. She is currently studying the psychological mechanisms and conditions that intervene in the application of gender stereotypes. She is a researcher on gender projects, a teaching assistant for quantitative methods, and a methodological consultant for several projects on health and education at her university. She has experience working for various universities, media, and the United Nations. She obtained her degree in Journalism at the University of Havana and a master’s in Audiovisual Communication at the University of Arts, Cuba. Her research in Chile has received the support of the Chilean National Agency for Research and Development and the National Council of Education. She has also been awarded by the Coimbra Group Programme for Young Professors and Researchers from Latin American Universities to conduct research in Europe.

Considerations of Security and Insecurity by Law Enforcement Amid Community Violence in San Pedro Sula, Honduras

Franklin Moreno


Franklin Moreno is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice and in the Department of Psychology—both at Rutgers University. Franklin completed his PhD in Education at the University of California, Berkeley, with a focus on developmental psychology. His dissertation study on child and adolescent moral reasoning about gang violence in Honduras has been accepted and will soon be published in the journal Child Development. He adopts mixed-methods in examining child and adolescent social-moral cognitive and emotional security development associated with exposure to community violence in Central America and in the US. Currently his research focuses on the dynamics of youth’s exposure to violence committed by gangs, police agencies, and other community members in San Pedro Sula, Honduras and Newark, New Jersey, U.S.A. 

Franklin also has extensive experience on violence prevention program evaluations in Honduras. These professional experiences associated with governmental policies addressing community violence contribute to his transnational theorizing and research on child and adolescent development and exposure to violence. 

Perceived Gender Inequality Among Female Emerging Adults and Psychological Wellbeing in Kigamboni, Tanzania: Interpretive Phenomenological Study

Bupe K. Mwandali


University of Cincinnati

Fall 2022 Recipients:

The psychological underpinnings of the Peruvian Political Crisis, a democracy “without

Dante Solano Silva

Dante Solano Silva is PhD Researcher and Teaching Assistant in the School of Politics and International Studies at University of Leeds – United Kingdom. He is also Affiliated Researcher at Research Centre of Universidad del Pacífico (Lima, Perú) and Lecturer of the Academic Department of Social and Political Sciences of this institution. He also holds a master’s degree in Global Development by the University of Leeds and a bachelor’s in psychology by Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. As part of his doctoral studies at University of Leeds, he is leading the research project “Shaping subjectivities: Examining socio-psychological change in times of economic growth and competing development politics in South America”. This research has been awarded with the Politics of Global Challenges International Scholarship and it seeks to understand the effects of economic growth, inequalities and neoliberalism in the social change of South America during the period of commodity boom. The research work of Dante has been focussed on political psychology in Latin America, in topics related to personal values and moral foundations, social change, ideology, trust and subjective well-being. 


César Guadalupe Mendizábal



César Guadalupe Mendizábal is Full Professor and member of the Universidad del Pacífico Research Center. He is Doctor of Education (EdD) and Master of Arts, Social and Political Thought; both degrees were obtained at the University of Sussex (UK). He also holds a bachelor’s degree and a Licentiate (professional license) in Sociology from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. His research work has been focused on the linkage between polity development and political culture, topic that led him to work mainly on the operation of education systems. He has been Chair of the Department of Social and Political Sciences of Universidad del Pacífico, non-resident Fellow at the Brookings Institution (2013-2016); Director of Publications of the Peruvian Educational Research Society (period 2017-2019) and, consequently, editor of the Peruvian Journal of Educational Research. He is a member of the Editorial Committee of the International Review of Education (period 2015-2022), Associate Editor (Latin American Section) for Education Policy Analysis Archives; (2022-) and member of the International Editorial Board fro Studies in the Education of Adults; (2020-). He served as member of the National Council of Education of Peru (2014-2020) and as its chairperson (2017-2020).


Eliana Carlín Ronquillo

Eliana Carlín Ronquillo is Political scientist from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú and Master’s in Public Policy (MPP) from Georgetown University. She is also a Lecturer at Academic of Department of Social and Political Sciences of Universidad del Pacífico (Lima, Perú) and at the Social Sciences Department at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. Eliana has been developing research on negative political identities in Peru. 

Sport-For-Development (SFD) Programs for Preventing Violence Towards
Adolescents in Colombia

Eduardo De La Vega Taboada

    Florida International University


Psychological Resilience, Coping Mechanisms and Stress 
Management: An exploratory study among small entrepreneurs from Western India

Priya Rajkumar


Priya Rajkumar currently heads the School of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Auro University, Surat, India. She has two PhDs in Psychology and Public Administration respectively from Nagpur University, India. She has taught postgraduate and graduate psychology programs in private in reputed educational institutions in Central and Western India over the past 15 years. She has also worked as a consultant for nonprofit organizations in India and Nepal facilitating 105 project and institutional evaluations including Leprosy Mission International, Tear Fund Australia, Swedish Mission Council, Lutheran World Services India Trust among others. 

She has also worked closely with people living with HIV/AIDs and coordinated a Pune based program for Keep A Child Alive New York.

She facilitates training for social/development workers, academicians and takes up psychological testing and counseling for children, adolescents and adults, particularly from limited resource settings. She has published and unpublished research on adolescent substance use, student learning styles, adjustment in prison, and other social/community development themes.

She has travelled widely all over India and Nepal, visited Thailand, Sweden, Dubai on assignment and US /Canada as a tourist.

Spring 2022 Recipients:


Chincu C.

    Chinchu C. is a Post Doctoral Fellow at the Women’s Studies Centre, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi, India, and a founding member and Research Consultant at Association for Social Change, Evolution and Transformation (ASCENT), a non-profit collective working in mental health promotion and advocacy, research methodology training, and research promotion. He has been donning the roles of a Consulting Psychologist, Podcaster, Writer, and Science Communicator. He is associated with the People’s Science Movement. His research interests lie in Mental Health, Gender and Sexuality, and sustainable development. More recently, he has been working on building awareness about best practices in social science research as well. He holds a PhD in Psychology and has acquired post graduate degrees in Applied Psychology and Sociology. He has also qualified UGC NET in Psychology, Sociology, Women Studies, Human Resource Management, and Comparative Study of Religions, with JRF qualification in Psychology and Women Studies.


Gayathri Suresh Babu


Gayathri Suresh Babu is a Psychologist and an independent researcher, currently working as assistant professor and head of the department of Psychology at Sacred Heart College, Chalakudy, Kerala, India. She has received best paper awards in international conferences. She conducted her postgraduate dissertation on victim blaming and perception of violence against women from a just world perspective. She has also carried out phenomenological investigation of experiences of survivors of 2018 Kerala floods and conducted studies exploring the psychological capital of transgender community. Her research interests include social cognition, stereotypes and peace psychology. She acquired masters from Central University of Karnataka and has qualified University Grants Commission - National Eligibility Test in Psychology and Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering for Social Sciences. She conducts sessions on mental health awareness, gender and life skills development in collaboration with schools, colleges governmental and non governmental organizations. She also coaches aspirants for National Eligibility Test and central university entrance exams. She is enthusiastic about the numerous possibilities of social psychological research.


Postcolonial ideologies, recognition and reparation policies, and current intergroup relations: The Mapuche in Chile

Ana Figueiredo


Ana Figueiredo is a psychologist, with a PhD in Social Psychology from the Universidade de Coimbra (Portugal). She is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Social Sciences, Universidad de O’Higgins (Chile) and an Associate Researcher at the Center for Social Conflict and Cohesion Studies (COES, Chile). Previously, she worked in different countries (such as Portugal, the Netherlands, Belgium and Chile), always focusing on intergroup relations in postcolonial settings, by researching the role of history and collective memories for contemporary intergroup relations between majority and minority groups.

She currently serves as the PI of a project funded by the Chilean National Agency for Research and Development (ANID) about “Postcolonial ideologies, politics of recognition and reparation, and current intergroup relations: The Mapuche in Chile” (Nr. 11201211)”. She is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Social and Political Psychology (JSPP). Her main research areas are: representations of history, postcolonial contexts, historical conflicts, intergroup relations, dynamics of cultural adaptation, violence, and collective action. Ana has been a member of SPSSI since 2017.


From Suspicion to Revenge: A Multidimensional framework of Fear speech and its relationships with Sharing intentions and Truth perceptions

Sramana Majumdar 

    Sramana Majumdar is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychology, Ashoka University. She completed her PhD from the Department of Psychology, Jamia Millia Islamia, where she worked on social psychological outcomes of exposure to political conflict among youth in the Kashmir Valley (published as a book titled Youth and Political Violence in India: A social psychological account of conflict experiences from the Kashmir Valley She has previously received a Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Fellowship and a Senior Research Fellowship from the University Grants Commission, India. More recently her research has expanded to the area of digital media, examining multiple aspects of identity and intergroup relations in computer-mediated-communication. She heads the Identity and Intergroup Relations Lab at Ashoka University ( and is interested in multi/mixed method approaches towards the diversification of political psychology through culture and context specific insights into the nature of changing social behavior. 


2021 Fall Recipients

Diego Castro (University College London)
The silent burden of discrimination: understanding processes leading to the internalization of stigma among diverse populations in Chile

Francis Simonh Bries (University of the Philippines, Diliman)
Digital Democracy or Disengagement? Investigating the Structure and Predictors of Online Political Participation in the Philippines

Canan Co?kan (Bielefeld University) 
Understanding community reflections on and daily life implications of “Kurdish power” through participatory research

Hansika Kapoor (Monk Prayogshala)
Do you trust the rumors? Examining the determinants of believing misinformation related to COVID-19 vaccination

2021 Spring 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

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 Lazic 
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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