People

FACULTY

Education:
2004   B. A.  | Psychology | University of California Los Angeles

2012   Ph.D. | Applied Developmental Psychology | New York University

2013   Postdoctoral Fellow | University of Washington
– Spencer Foundation/National Academy of Education
– National Science Foundation (NSF)

2019   Human Development and Social Policy Faculty Fellow | Northwestern University School of Education and Social Policy  

Dr. Onnie Rogers

Dr. Onnie Rogers, Principal Investigator of the DICE lab, is a developmental psychologist and identity scholar whose research curiosities converge at the intersection of human development, diversity and equity, and education. Dr. Rogers is interested in social and educational inequities and the mechanisms through which macro-level disparities are both perpetuated and disrupted at the micro-level of identities and relationships. Her research centers on the perspectives and experiences of racially/ethnically diverse children and adolescents in school settings. As a professor and a researcher, Dr. Rogers advocates for gender equity with an intersectional lens and does research on race and gender, and their role in identity development among youth in urban contexts. When not in the office, Dr. Rogers enjoys practicing yoga, eating chocolate, or shuttling her daughters (ages 2 and 6) to various activities.

Dr. Rogers was named a 2018 “Emerging Scholar” by Diverse Issues in Higher Education and a Rising Star of 2017 by the American Psychological Association. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, and the Ford Foundation, and her research publications appear in Child Development, Journal of Adolescent Research, and Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. She is a member of the Society for Research on Child Development, Society for Research on Adolescence, American Psychological Association, and American Educational Research Association. Dr. Rogers also serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Adolescent Research.

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW

Dr. Ursula Moffitt 

Ursula is excited to join the DICE lab as a postdoctoral scholar. Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Ursula earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in Germany, where she has spent the past five years working with Professor Linda Juang in the Diversity in Education and Development research group at the University of Potsdam. Ursula’s work is primarily qualitative and situated within a social justice framework. Her interdisciplinary dissertation focused on national identity at the individual and societal levels in relation to policies and practices of belonging and exclusion, both in and outside the school context. In doing this research she became increasingly aware of the role researchers play in normalizing inequitable boundaries, which prompted a critical review of immigration and identity related terminology in recent German research, highlighting problematic norms of whiteness and anti-Muslim discourse.

In the spring of 2018 she conducted a research stay at the University of Minnesota in Professor Moin Syed’s Narrative-Identity-Culture-Education lab, which spurred greater interest in applying the master narrative framework to examine ethnic and national identity development, with a particular focus on links between identity content at the micro and macro-levels. Moving forward, Ursula is interested in taking a more explicitly intersectional lens, while also focusing on how diverse individuals make sense of the current political climate as they navigate their identity development across multiple domains. When she’s not working, Ursula likes to sing (in choirs and karaoke bars), bake, read contemporary fiction, and spend time with her partner and friends.

GRADUATE STUDENTS

Janene Cielto

I am an advanced doctoral candidate in the cognitive area. I have a broad interest in culture and cognition intersection. I presently divide my time between two research labs to further develop and explore my social and cognitive research interests. Some of my early work has centered on the concept of parenting and how it is constructed — along with its practice — across different cultural systems. This work has explored parents’ decision making processes within the context of choice for children. How might the character of parents’ notion of choice for children vary as a function of their membership and sustained participation in the practices of dynamic cultural communities (i.e. racial/ethnic, social-class)? I explore these and other questions in the MOSAIC lab with Professor Douglas Medin. My more recent work has centered on the effects of person presentation on social interaction. Specifically I explore research questions that consider the role of hair texture — a culturally salient and socially relevant feature of hair — in the experiences of Black women, particularly in terms of how they are perceived and interacted with and by others. Working with Professor Onnie Rogers provides me the opportunity to merge my research interests in parental decision making and person presentation consequences . using identity and intersectionality approaches. We explore the perspectives of young Black females who often find themselves to be targets of observations by taking a developmental lens to the question of how these young women’s intersecting identities of race, gender, and social class are shaped in response to others’ perceptions and social interactions. I explore questions that consider those prevailing influences, including parenting practices, that lend structure to these young women’s identity experiences as Black females in the DICE lab with Professor Onnie Rogers. 

Courtney Jones

Courtney is a second-year PhD student advised by Dr. Onnie Rogers. Her research primarily focuses on racial-ethnic identity development in people with multiracial backgrounds. Through her research, she hopes to better understand how and why some multiracial individuals may develop a multiracial or a monoracial identity, considering the roles of family, peers, and broader society. She is also interested in unpacking what having a multiracial background during times of heightened racial tension means for individuals’ perceptions of their role in racial justice activism. Some of Courtney’s previous work has looked at how multiracial children talk about the racial identity-targeted messages that they receive from others, and to what extent those messages change over time. When she’s not working on her research, Courtney likes to hike, attempt new yarn crafts, and bake vegan goodies!

Elisa Rapadas

Elisa Rapadas is a second year graduate student in the Social Psychology PhD program at Northwestern University under the advisement of Dr. Sylvia Perry. She studies perceptions of Filipino-Americans in relation to the larger Asian-American community. She is also interested in studying intragroup prejudice and anti-Black racism within Asian and Pacific Islander communities.

She was a Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) Fellow in the SCIP Lab in Summer 2018. She completed her Bachelors of Science in Social Psychology at Saint Mary’s College of California in Spring 2019.

In her free time, she enjoys playing Tetris and Stardew Valley, watching movies, reading, listening to NPR and indie rock (not at the same time), and baking.

Josiah Rosario

Josiah Rosario is a PhD candidate in Social Psychology. His primary interests are in the development of racial identity and gender identity in late adolescent children and emerging adults, particularly how they interact with social environments and systems of power. In his current work, Josiah employs the Life Story narrative to investigate how Black and non-White Latinx college students tell their story but specifically through the lens of their racial identity. In addition, he is exploring how children in middle childhood, adolescents, and college students understand, make sense of, and negotiate hostile sociopolitical environments, particularly those that target an individual’s marginalized identities. Josiah employs interview-based qualitative methodologies, cross-sectional and person-centered designs, and experimental methods to explore his questions. On his free time, Josiah likes to play instruments (mostly guitar and drums), read books, exercise, and write poetry.

RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

Sarah Eisenman

Hi,I’m Sarah Eisenman (she/her/hers)! I’m a junior from St. Louis, Missouri double majoring in psychology and gender & sexuality studies. I’m really interested in exploring how young children and adolescents adopt, display, and perceive different identity categories, particularly race, gender, and sexuality. I am also especially interested in how sociocultural and political climates affect children’s understanding of these categories in themselves and others, and the impact of these larger societal factors on their mental health. My current career goal is to pursue a clinical psychology PhD and work as a therapist specializing in mental wellness and care for queer and gender-diverse youth. Outside of school, I love to bake, read, take long walks along the lake, play flute and piccolo in the concert band, and spend time knitting with friends from Knitwestern, the campus learn-to-knit club that I founded.

Adia Fielder

Hi! My name is Adia Fielder and I am a senior majoring in Psychology. In the future, I hope to attain licensure as a clinical psychologist so that I may work as a resource to minority and queer youth who are struggling with their mental health. My research interests involve further investigating the relationship between minority racial identities and gender identity along with sexuality in young people. I am particularly interested in black youth, and how growing up as a black person influences ideals and perceptions about sexuality and gender. In my free time, I enjoy dancing with friends, listening to music, and watching tv shows.

Imani Minor

Hi, my name is Imani Minor, and I am a sophomore majoring in psychology and pursuing the Certificate of Civic Engagement. After I graduate, I plan on pursuing educational reform for disadvantaged students- students of color from a low socioeconomic status or students with a learning handicap. I wish to do research examining ways in which students, particularly black students, are best prepared to survive and thrive in this society while also somehow maintaining their own cultural identity given pressures to assimilate. Currently, I am involved in the Black Girl Magic project which examines the developing identities of black high school females at an all girls’ high school. In my ‘free’ time, I enjoy listening to music, watching movies, and reading books.

Destiny Reinhardt

Hello! My name is Destiny Reinhardt and I am a sophomore majoring in Neuroscience on the pre-med track. I have a strong passion for community service and outreach for underrepresented and underserved communities. I am also very interested in childhood development and social work, so my research interests include investigating how the intersection of marginalized identities affects psychological well-being amongst youth and how this can be applied to educational, medical, and judicial reform. After I graduate, I hope to volunteer with the Peace Corps or AmeriCorps before attending medical school. Outside of work, I enjoy volunteering, listening to music, and watching anime!

Yueming Zhao

Hi, my name is Yueming Zhao and I’m a research assistant at the DICE lab. I got a B.S. in Applied Psychology from Ludong University in China, and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Rutgers University. I’m also a research assistant at the Mindful Education Lab of NYU. Previously, I worked as an undergrad researcher in multiple projects in the field of Developmental & Cognitive Psychology. My current research interest focuses on intergroup relations, multicultural conflicts, social inequality, and policy improvement. At DICE, I will help with both qualitative and quantitative research tasks in several projects. I’m looking forward to combining the clinical experiences I gained from leading multicultural group counseling sessions into the empirical research work as well as the whole social-political-psychology area.

LAB MANAGER

Dr. Anna Piela

Hi, I’m Anna and I am the lab manager at the DICE lab. My background is interdisciplinary: I have a BA in Political Science (Krakow, Poland), a MSc in Social Research Methods (Open University, U.K.), and a Ph.D. in Women’s Studies from the University of York in the U.K. In the past I have worked as an assistant professor in religious studies and sociology. I have also been a research consultant for non-profits and media organizations. My particular research interest is in the process of racialization of Islam and Muslims in America. At DICE, I will support several research projects and ensure smooth day-to-day functioning of the lab. I’m excited to support investigations with social justice at their center, especially those that focus on young people who are in the process of developing their identities. 
 
In my free time I love exploring Illinois, both within the Chicagoland and further afield.