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Lab Director

Joseph Wellman, Ph.D.


Dr. Wellman joined the University of Mississippi’s Psychology Department as an Assistant Professor in the Fall of 2019. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Maine and completed a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship in Culture, Emotion, and Race at Wesleyan University. Prior to joining the faculty at UM, he was an Assistant Professor of Psychology at California State University, San Bernardino where he received an NSF ADVANCE grant to address issues of diversity in promotion, tenure, and hiring.

His work focuses on how being the target of stigma affects behaviors, well-being, and performance among both low status and high status groups. Much of this work explores factors that may influence an individual’s response to discrimination, bias, and intergroup interactions (e.g., system-legitimizing beliefs, group identification, zero-sum beliefs, perceived sigma, etc.). His research has been published in social psychology journals such as the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin, the Psychology of Men and Masculinities as well as interdisciplinary health journals such as Appetite and Stigma & Health.

Graduate students

Sukhmani Pal, M.S.

Sukhmani is a 3rd year Social Psychology graduate student in the Experimental Psychology Program. She is originally from New Delhi, India where she received her B.A. in Psychology (Honors) from Delhi University and then completed her M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Christ University. Broadly her research examines factors that affect intergroup relations, prejudice, and stereotyping across different cultures. In her spare time, you can find Sukhmani reading, watching Netflix, cooking, advocating for animals and the environment, and sleeping.
Tuong-Vy Nguyen, B.S.

Vy is a second-year Social Psychology graduate student in the Experimental Psychology Program. She received her B.S. in Psychological Science from Xavier University of Louisiana. Broadly speaking, Vy is interested in the perception and judgment of out-group members, and the processes in which we arrive at such perceptions/judgments. Her current research focuses on the influence of prototypicality on intergroup relations and the subsequent consequences. In her spare time, Vy likes to watch various TV shows and movies, draws and paints, and spending time with her fur-baby, Rover.
Adam Beam, M.A.

Adam is a first year Social Psychology graduate student in the Experimental Psychology Program. He is originally from Riverside, California and attended California State University, San Bernardino where he received his B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Psychological Science. Broadly, his research interests examine factors that influence intergroup relations in regard to behaviors, prejudice, and stereotyping of high and low status groups and the outcomes they have on individuals. His current research focuses on examining how within group variations influence perceptions, attitudes, and intentions toward others. In his free time, you can find him cooking, hiking, traveling, or spending time with friends.