Department of PsychologyUniversity of Hawaii at Manoa

Department of Psychology Faculty Profile

Kristin Pauker

Kristin Pauker

Associate Professor

Education

Ph.D., Social Psychology, Tufts University (2009); B.A., Psychology, Dartmouth College (2002)

Research

Intergroup relations; Lay theories about race; Ambiguity in social perception and behavior; Social development of stereotyping, prejudice, & discrimination.

My research examines how a person’s immediate environment and culturally-shaped theories about race impact basic social perception, social interactions, and stereotyping in childhood and throughout development. My research spans both Social and Developmental Psychology and has been featured in journals including Science, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and Developmental Psychology. As Director of the Intergroup Social Perception lab, my work has been supported by a Pathway to Independence Award from NICHD and NSF grants. I received the 2016 Board of Regents' Medal for Excellence in Research and the 2018 Board of Regents' Medal for Excellence in Teaching. More information regarding my research interests and publications can be found on my lab webpage.

Awards & Honors

Psychology Department Excellence in Research Award, University of Hawaii at Manoa (2018)

Regents' Medal for Excellence in Teaching, University of Hawaii at Manoa (2018) : The Regents' Medal for Excellence in Teaching is awarded by the Board of Regents as tribute to faculty members who exhibit an extraordinary level of subject mastery and scholarship, teaching effectiveness and creativity and personal values that benefit students.

NSF Research Grant (2017) : “Collaborative: RR: Origins of intergroup perceptions and attitudes across diverse contexts.” PI: Y. Dunham, S. Gaither, M. Halim, K. Olson, K. Pauker.

Regents' Medal for Excellence in Research, University of Hawaii at Manoa (2016) : The Regents' Medal for Excellence in Research is awarded by the Board of Regents in recognition of scholarly contributions that expand the boundaries of knowledge and enrich the lives of students and the community.

R00 Pathway to Independence Award (2012) : NIH-NICHD grant, "Development of Interracial Anxiety: Children's Lay Theories and Nonverbal Influences." PI: K. Pauker.

NSF Research Grant (2012) : "Exposure to Biracial Americans and Changes in Essentialist Beliefs." PI: D. Sanchez, Co-PI: K. Pauker.

Dissertation Award (2010) : Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (APA Division 9)

K99 Pathway to Independence Award (2010) : NIH-NICHD grant for postdoctoral training

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