Principle Investigator

Nate received his doctorate in quantitative social psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2017 before joining the faculty at CSUSM as an Assistant Professor. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate classes in statistics and social psychology. He likes being a father, doing anything active, and spending time in the great outdoors.


Graduate Student

Kayleigh is currently pursuing her Masters of Arts in Psychological Science at CSUSM and previously graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Riverside in 2018. Kayleigh’s research focuses on the role of morality in motivating violent intergroup conflicts. Kayleigh also enjoys watching movies, being active, and eating great food with friends and family.


Graduate Student

Zachary graduated with a Bachelor of Arts double major in psychology and philosophy from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2018 before pursuing his Masters of Arts in Psychological Science at CSUSM. Zachary is pursuing his thesis investigating whether judgments of the possibility of ordinary, impossible, and immoral action are sensitive to social identity. Zachary also enjoys watching TV and movies, going on hikes with his dog, and traveling with his girlfriend.


Graduate Student

Sydney is currently a first year graduate student in the Masters of Arts Psychological Science program at CSUSM. Prior to pursuing her Masters, Sydney graduated from California State University, Northridge in 2020. Her research interests involve corruption, racial injustices, and morality in social institutions. Outside of academics, Sydney enjoys traveling, spending time with her family, and cooking.

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