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Polygence mentors are selected based on their exceptional academic background, teaching experience, and unique ability to inspire the next generation of innovative thinkers and industry leaders.

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Adrienne

Adrienne

PhD candidate

Expertise

Emotions, Interoception and Body Awareness, Social and Affective Neuroscience, Social Psychology, Social Determinants of Health

Alexa

Alexa

PhD candidate

Expertise

social psychology, developmental psychology, cognition, morality, moral character, mind perception, cancel culture, speciesism, vegetarianism, nature vs. nurture, intergroup cognition, group decisions, LGBT experiences

Jared

Jared

PhD candidate

Expertise

Organizational Psychology

Andrew

Andrew

PhD candidate

Expertise

Social Psychology, stereotypes and prejudice, goals and motivation., diversity science

Jessica

Jessica

MD candidate

Expertise

psychiatry, psychology, neuroscience, public health, projects that involve neurocognitive testing, neuroimaging, and social determinants of health.

Ajua

Ajua

PhD candidate

Expertise

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

Kylie

Kylie

PhD

Expertise

social psychology; motivation; social interactions; relationships; attraction; love; commitment; helping behavior; curiosity; social connection; emotion; social perception; social influence; goal pursuit; interdependence

Sehjoo

Sehjoo

PhD

Expertise

developmental cognitive neuroscience, adolescent brain development, social influence on decision-making, social relationships

Liz

Liz

PhD candidate

Expertise

neuroscience (behavior, social behavior, computational neuroscience, hypothalamus, development), mental health

Nelson

Nelson

PhD

Expertise

mental health; academic persistence; psycho-social interventions; People of Color/BIOPC communities; values setting; career goals

Aili

Aili

PhD candidate

Expertise

Social Psychology, Psychology Research Methods, Statistics

Maya

Maya

PhD candidate

Expertise

Gender and sexuality studies, feminist studies, memoir writing, gender and politics, consent, political identities, debate and discourse, political science more broadly

Breanna

Breanna

MPH candidate

Expertise

Public Health, Psychology, Sociology, Politics

Will

Will

PhD candidate

Expertise

Ethics, Political Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Interdisciplinary Work with Philosophy and the social sciences, Writing for the Humanities, philosophical ideas in film and literature

Wicia

Wicia

PhD candidate

Expertise

social psychology, person perception, inequality, socioeconomic status, social network analysis, text analysis, mental health, well-being,

Hannah

Hannah

PhD candidate

Expertise

developmental psychology; childhood maltreatment and trauma; developmental psychopathology; clinical psychology; child, family, and couples therapy; LGBTQIA+ topics; gender studies

Regina

Regina

PhD candidate

Expertise

cultural comparisons, emotion regulation strategies, interpersonal emotions, empathic accuracy, and emotion ideals

Victoria

Victoria

PhD candidate

Expertise

Counseling/clinical psychology

Manny

Manny

PhD candidate

Expertise

Clinical psychology, mental health research, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, treatment implementation and dissemination

Peichi

Peichi

EdD

Expertise

Education, social sciences, cultural studies, psychology and emotional well-being, NGO/nonprofits, business, gender issues, poverty, program development and evaluations, parent participation, foreign language learning or teaching, faith/religion