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IMg Lab Members, Present and Past

Jen Wessel, Ph.D.
IMg Lab Director

Dr. Jennifer L. Wessel (Ph.D., Michigan State University) is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Maryland in College Park. Her research uses both laboratory and field designs to examine obstacles facing individuals at work who are in the minority or otherwise marginalized, with the overarching goal of providing high-quality research that can help organizations meet the needs of individuals from diverse backgrounds, as well as provide individuals from diverse backgrounds with tools to thrive personally and professionally at work. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Applied Psychology, Academy of Management Review, Psychology of Women Quarterly, Sex Roles, Journal of Social Issues, and others. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Society for Human Resource Management, the Social Science Research Council, the Hewlett Foundation, and the Democracy Fund.


Doctoral Advisees


Rewina Bedemariam, M.A.

Rewina Bedemariam is a fifth-year graduate student whose research area revolves around diversity and bias in organizations, the use of big data in I/O Psychology and discriminatory algorithms in recruitment and selection processes. She is also interested in multicultural teams, leadership and technology-mediated HRM.


Precious McQuade

Precious McQuade is a first-year graduate student whose research interests revolve around diversity, equity, and inclusion in organizations. She is focused on socioeconomic status and its impact on individual behavior, organizational policies, leadership, and teams. 

Advisee Alumni

Sara E. Barth, Ph.D.  
Personnel Psychologist for the Small Business Administration

Jaeeun Lee, Ph.D.  
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Augsburg University

Lab Affiliates

Alexandra Kuvaeva, Ph.D.

Alexandra Kuvaeva, PhD is a Postdoctoral Associate in the department of Psychology. Dr. Kuvaeva has over 10 years of experience in research, quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, measurement, statistics and evaluation. After completing her M.A. in Education Leadership and Policy Studies as a Fulbright Program participant, she went on to earn her doctoral study in International Education Policy at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her graduate work consolidated her deep interest in higher education policies and practices and shaped her career trajectory as a researcher focusing on issues affecting faculty careers.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Chloe Neuman (lab manager), Ella Chen (lab manager), Haleemat Adenuga, Lulu Arteaga Baeza, Sky Bloomer, Ella Chen, Joel Friebaum, Gwen Griffiths

Undergraduate RA Alumni

Kobe Adolph, Caroline Adkins (UMD MSW), Olivia Antezana, Jazmin Argueta-Rivera (Rice University Psychology Ph.D. Program), Alyssa Asad, Lubna Barakat, Korie Broadwater-Allen, Romulus Castelo (University of Minnesota Psychology PhD Program), Grace Chen, Emily Forgo (UMD Psychology PhD Program), Maddie Gresh (NC State MLA), Morgan Grizzle (Georgetown Law School), Matthew Hailemariam, Taniyia Harvey (George Washington University Psychology PhD program), Nia-Imani Heslop (Juul Labs, Inc.), Zoe Hill, Aliyyah Johnson (Philadelphia Institute for Individual, Relational & Sex Therapy), Kayla Kellner, Kim Krueger (M9 Solutions), Tenni Idler (Forward Together Counseling), Emily Kim (Virginia Tech PhD program), Erin Koppel (Georgetown University research coordinator), Yihua Lee, Sam Lipsky (Eastman Chemical Company), Samuel Ngum, Chisom Onweugbu, Keana Richards (Google), Abby Ridgeway, Emmet Ryan, Reyan Sheikh (USDA), Nirmeen Shumpert (CESLC), Michael Spooner (FIU PhD Program), Michael Stavros (Core Counseling Services), Alison Venooker (Field Sales and Marketing Representative - Leadership Development Program at Techtronic Industries), Rose Villatoro (Hilton Corporation)

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