SCAB Lab Members

Millicent Weber is from Manistique, Michigan. She received her B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Management from Northern Michigan University, and she received her M.A. in Applied Psychology from Southern Illionis University Carbondale (SIU). Her research interests are in the area of industrial/organizational (I/O) psychology and include workplace stress, counterproductive work behavior, job crafting, disability discrimination in the workplace, and human resource management. She is currently a Graduate Assistant at SIU’s Morris Library, and she is also involved in both Dr. Meera Komarraju’s and Dr. Kathleen Schmidt’s research labs. She is also a senior advisor for Applied Research Consultants. Following graduation, Millicent plans to pursue a career as a consultant. 

Miranda Nelson is from Kokomo, Indiana. She received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Evansville. Her research interests are in the area of social psychology applications in legal contexts. She is currently a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Social Psychology course, and she is also involved in Dr. Liana Peter-Hagene’s and Dr. Kathleen Schmidt’s labs. Miranda’s post-graduation plans include conducting research in applied psychology areas and teaching at the university level.

Erika Kline received her B.S. in Psychology and her M.S. in Psychological Science from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. Her main research interests include in-group/out-group bias, political identification and its impact on attitudes, program evaluation, and applied statistics. Erika currently works as a Graduate Research Assistant for Dr. Kathleen Schmidt’s Social, Cognitive, and Affective Bias (SCAB) lab in the psychology department. Her postgraduate career goals include consulting and political research for the federal government.

Stephen D. Berry was born in Mountain Home, AR. He received his B.S. in Psychology, Certificate of Proficiency in Neuropsychological Testing, and M.S. in Psychological Science at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. Stephen is currently a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the undergraduate Research Methods and Statistics course. Additionally, he is working in Dr. Kathleen Schmidt’s Social Cognition and Bias Lab and Dr. Tamara Kang’s Barriers to Reducing Crime Lab. Stephen’s current research interests include social attitudes and political psychology, motivation and social influence, and attitudes, behaviors, and cognition in the context of digital media.

Matthew Junker is from Clinton, Indiana. He received his B.S. in Psychology and his M.A. in Experimental Psychology at Indiana State University. Currently he is working toward his Ph.D. in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences program. His research interests are in the area of cognitive psychology. Specifically, he is interested in the mechanisms of attention and working memory. He is currently a graduate teaching assistant for the undergraduate research methods and statistics course. He works in the labs of Dr. Reza Habib and Dr. Kathleen Schmidt. Matt’s post-graduation plan is to teach cognitive psychology and statistics, and continue to research attention.

Braeden Hall is from Arkansas. He received his B.A. in Psychology and in Philosophy and Religious Studies from Hendrix College and his M.S. in Research Psychology from Avila University. He is currently a Graduate Research Assistant for Dr. Schmidt’s lab. His research interests include: measures of and interventions for implicit and explicit social bias, efficacy of diversity and inclusion education, multiculturalism, social change, meta-science and reproducibility in Psychology, pedagogy, and scientific collaboration. After graduation, Braeden hopes to teach and do research in a tenure track position or work as an independent research consultant. 

Bryant M. Stone is a clinical psychology doctoral student at Southern Illinois University. He has published articles on positive psychological interventions and the importance of positive psychology research, particularly for graduate students. He is interested in how and attention bias modification programs and positive psychological interventions interact and affect the process and outcome of emotion regulation.

Kortney Maedge is from the St. Louis area. She received her B.S. in Biology and Psychology with a minor in Chemistry and full university honors from Northern Illinois University.  Currently, she is working toward her Ph.D. in Applied Psychology. Her main research interests include evolutionary psychology and cultural/religious applications, personality, and academic motivation. She is currently a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Introduction to Psychology course, and she is also involved in Dr. Meera Komarraju’s research lab, Dr. Yueh-Ting Lee’s research lab, and Dr. Kathleen Schmidt’s research lab. After graduation, her career goals include consulting and teaching at the university level.