Principal Investigator

Adam Pearson, Ph.D. (CV), is an assistant professor of psychology at Pomona College and Graduate Faculty in the Division of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences at Claremont Graduate University. He received his PhD in Psychology from Yale University. His research explores how people navigate diversity, with a particular interest in the role of non-conscious processes in social interaction and perception. His work also examines how intergroup relations shape how people think about cooperative challenges like climate change. He teaches social psychology, research methods, introductory psychology, and seminars on social identity and contemporary prejudice. When not pondering the roots of intergroup conflict, he can be found enjoying craft beers and hiking with his shepherd mix, Richard Parker.

email: adam.pearson at

Lab Members

Josh Hirschfeld-Kroen is the SCI Lab Coordinator and a Psychology major and Philosophy minor from Gainesville, Florida. His interests fall at the intersection of philosophy and psychology, such as questions that relate to dual process frameworks of morality, evolution of religion, and the influence of religious ideas on behavior. He is also broadly interested in the ways in which technology influences culture.

CharmaineCharmaine Garzon is a senior from San Francisco. She is double majoring in psychology and sociology, with a minor in Spanish. After graduating, Charmaine will be flexing her social psychology skills at Google within Google People Operations.


Jun ParkJun Park is a senior psychology major from Federal Way, Washington. After graduating, Jun plans to pursue graduate studies in social psychology and organizational behavior. After graduation, he will be joining the Organizational Behavior PhD program at the Yale School of Management.


Matthew Ballew is a 4th-year Ph.D. student in the applied social psychology program at Claremont Graduate University. Matt’s research interests center around understanding people’s connection to groups, communities, and the natural world. His current research explores how social media can be used to enhance public engagement with environmental issues. Additional projects in collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service include field studies exploring effects of science exposure on implicit attitudes about nature, and studies in the SCI Lab exploring how implicit beliefs about diversity and intergroup relations shape collective action on climate change.

Friends of the lab and collaborators:

  • Jack Dovidio (Yale)
  • Tessa West (NYU)
  • Samuel Gaertner (U Delaware)
  • Jonathon Schuldt (Cornell)
  • Rainer Romero-Caynas (Environmental Defense Fund)
  • Sander van der Linden (Princeton)
  • Nicole Shelton (Princeton)
  • Felicia Pratto (U Connecticut)
  • Michael Kukenberger (UNH School of Management)
  • Jessie Borelli (Pomona Psychology)
  • Shlomi Sher (Pomona Psychology)
  • Ajay Satpute (Pomona Psychology & Neuroscience)
  • Piercarlo Valdesolo (CMC Psychology)