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Ajua D

- Research Program Mentor

PhD candidate at Yale University


Social Psychology, Emotions, Emotion Regulation, Discrimination in Psychology, the Psychology of Stigma


Hi! My name is Ajua Duker, and I am a PhD candidate in Social Psychology at Yale University. My primary area of research interest centers around discrimination, and specifically, in my dissertation work, I examine which emotion regulation strategies could be most effective for stigmatized individuals when processing past discrimination experiences. I also study topics related to perceptions of algorithmic discrimination, and effective allyship in other work. I am an ex-ballet dancer, and enjoy pilates, yoga, and hiking!

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How do Marginalized People Tend to Process Negative Experiences?

This project would deal with surveying folks who are members of historically underrepresented or marginalized groups, and ask people to write about (or speak about) negative experience with little formal guidance. Text analysis techniques would be used to analyze the sentences individuals generate when processing past experiences to see which emotion regulation processes most closely resemble those used in these recollections.

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Teaching experience

I have served as a private tutor for 6 years, and have taught 2 years worth of undergraduate courses (Research Methods for Psychology, Introduction to Statistics, Introduction to Psychology, and a Cognitive Psychology course called "Thinking".


Work experience

Princeton University (2015 - 2017)
Research Specialist


Yale University
BS Bachelor of Science (2015)
Yale University
MS Master of Science (2020)
Social Psychology
Yale University
MPhil Master of Philosophy (2020)
Social Psychology
Yale University
PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate
Social Psychology

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