Department of PsychologyUniversity of Hawaii at Manoa

Department of Psychology Faculty Profile

Joni Sasaki

Joni Sasaki

Assistant Professor


PhD, Social Psychology, University of California at Santa Barbara (2012); BA, Psychology, Claremont McKenna College (2006)


Cultural psychology; social cognition; the cultural shaping of religion; gene-environment interactions and social behavior.

I use an integrated biological and socio-cultural approach to conduct basic psychological research on multiple forms of diversity—including ethnic, religious, and biological diversity—in the areas of social cognition and social behavior. My research has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada and Sir John Templeton Foundation and has been published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Cognitive Science, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. I received the 2013 Society of Experimental Social Psychology (SESP) Dissertation Award for my work investigating the individual, situational, and cultural moderators of religion’s effects. Please see the Culture and Religion Lab website for more information on publications and ongoing research projects.

College of Social SciencesUniversity of Hawaii at Manoa