Team

Director

drkeonwest

Dr Keon West

Dr Keon West is a social psychologist, senior lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London, and the director of Equalab – a group committed to conducting and disseminating research on prejudice and prejudice reduction. After earning his doctorate in experimental psychology from Oxford University in 2010, he worked for a number of other universities before coming to Goldsmiths in 2013. His research covers many diverse areas of intergroup relations and communication. In recent years, his publications have focused on gender roles, sexism, anti-LGBT prejudice, and specific prejudice-reducing interventions. He is the recent recipient of the Michele Alexander Award for Scholarship and Service (2015), the SPSSI Award for Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring (2017), and a European Research Council Starting Grant (value: €746,000.000).
Email: keon.west (@gold.ac.uk)

Post-doctoral research fellows

Dr Martha Lucia Borras-Guevara

Dr Martha Lucia Borras-Guevara

Martha Lucia is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at Goldsmiths, University of London. She holds a PhD in Psychology from St Andrews University, an MSc in Evolutionary Anthropology from Durham University and a BSc in Biology from Universidad de Los Andes. Martha’s PhD mainly focused on understanding what social factors influence facial perceptions. More specifically, her PhD examined the effects of different types of violence (public and domestic) on formidability preferences for potential partners and/or allies. Her research interests cover a wide range of topics, including social and evolutionary explanations of human behaviour, as well as ways to reduce prejudice against social minorities.

Graduate Students

Victoria Hotchin

Victoria Hotchin

Victoria is a PhD student at Goldsmiths, University of London. She holds an MSc in Psychological Research Methods and a BSc in Psychology, both from Birkbeck College. In addition, she has experience working as a research assistant at both Goldsmiths and UCL, and a background in commercial web design. Victoria is interested in developing methods to reduce prejudice and promote health and wellbeing, through the study of how individual differences in perception, cognition and motivation relate to social attitudes and life outcomes.
Email: v.hotchin (@gold.ac.uk)

Jacqueline Francis

Jacqueline Francis

Jacqueline is a PhD student at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her research interests include: intergroup perception in relation to physical activity, stages of physical activity behavioural change and perceived barriers to physical activity. As well as Masters in Research Methods for Psychology, she has a BA in Performing Arts and an MA in Drama and Movement Therapy.
Email: jfran013 (@gold.ac.uk)

Olivia Banton

Olivia Banton

Olivia is a postgraduate student at Goldsmiths, University of London. She holds a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from Goldsmiths, and is currently studying a full-time MSc in the Psychology of Social Relations. Olivia has over three years’ worth of experience as a research assistant in the field of social psychology. Her primary research focus is on predictors of dehumanisation of immigrants. She has also been involved in research projects on sexual orientation.
Email: obant001 (@gold.ac.uk)

Ditte Barnoth

Ditte Barnoth

Ditte is a postgraduate student at Goldsmiths, University of London, studying Research Methods in Psychology. She graduated from London South Bank University with the BPS Award for Undergraduates. Her expertise includes psycho-physiological measures, looking at the effects of group membership on individuals’ threat perception. Her research interests include prejudice reduction and encouraging inter-group contact. In addition to her psychology background, she holds a bachelor degree in economics. She also prides herself on being a passionate mother showing the way to a budding future scientist.
Email: ebarn005 (@gold.ac.uk)

Independent Researchers

Jonathan Bowman

Jonathan Bowman

John is a third-year psychology student at Goldsmiths, University of London and research assistant. After a first degree in Management Sciences and nearly 40 years of practical experience in business and consultancy, he is keen to explore how the day-to-day management practice compares with the psychological theory. He has a particular interest in prejudice at work. He is currently involved in research on fragile heterosexuality and stigma against people with schizophrenia.
Email: jbowm001 (@gold.ac.uk)

Merve Ozturk

Merve Ozturk

Merve did her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Istanbul University (Turkey) and was rewarded with an Overseas Postgraduate Scholarship by the Turkish Ministry of Education. She recently completed her Masters in Social and Cultural Psychology at LSE, where she also worked as a research assistant. During her Masters research, she examined how different emotion regulation strategies influence one’s attitudes and behavioural intentions towards refugees. She is interested in immigration, stigmatized identities, intergroup helping and emotion regulation.

Bibi Masala

Bibi Masala

Bibi holds a BSc in Clinical Psychology and currently works in mental health. Her research interests merge social and clinical psychology scoping topics such as mental health stigma, prejudice, schizophrenia and behavioural genetics. Her current project investigates mental health stigma against people with schizophrenia. Through her research, she endeavours to positively impact mental health literature.
Email: bmasa001 (gold.ac.uk)

Undergraduate Researchers

Lisandra Bernadet

Lisandra Bernadet

Lisandra is a third-year undergraduate at Goldsmiths, University of London. She has experience in social psychological research and her research interests include: prejudice, racism, social identity, gender, social norms, sexual orientation, linguistics,mental health, and behavioral genetics. She is currently working on her final year dissertation and hopes to get involved in more social psychological research.
Email: lbern002 (@gold.ac.uk)

Associates and Advisors

Dr Katy Greenland

Dr Katy Greenland

Dr Kim Case

Dr Kim Case

Kim A. Case, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology at the University of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL) where she directs the Applied Social Issues graduate degree. Her mixed-methods research examines ally behavior when encountering bias and interventions to increase understanding of intersectionality and systemic privilege, reduce prejudice, and create inclusive spaces within community and higher education settings. Her own scholarship received funds from APA and SPSSI, and she serves as inclusive pedagogy expert for an NSF RED grant for an engineering department’s culture transformation. She has served the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) Council member, elected Representative to APA Council, journal editorial board member, Convention Program Chair, Teaching and Mentoring Chair, and more. SPSSI has honored Dr. Case with the Distinguished Service Award, the Michelle Alexander Scholarship and Service Award, the Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring Award, and the Innovative Teaching Award. The Society for the Teaching of Psychology named her as the 2018 Robert S. Daniel Excellence in Teaching Awardee for her nationally recognized pedagogical advancements. In 2017, the University of Tennessee Knoxville honored her with the Accomplished Alumni Award. Please visit www.drkimcase.com to learn more.