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Faculty Profile

Grace Rivera

Psychology
Assistant Professor of Psychology
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205 Peabody Hall
University, MS 38677
(662) 915-7383
Joined UM: August 20, 2020

Brief Bio

Dr. Rivera's research is guided by an interest in how lay-theories (i.e., beliefs people hold about the way the world works) influence the way we approach life and the people around us. Lay beliefs are not necessarily rooted in fact and are largely shaped by our cultural context and social identities, yet can have profound impacts on various individual and interpersonal outcomes (e.g., psychological well-being, decision-making, social perceptions, racial biases, and relationship satisfaction). Dr. Rivera takes an interdisciplinary approach to her three primary lines of research. For example, her work on lay beliefs about true selves is informed by insights from existential philosophy and cultural psychology, while her work on lay beliefs about American meritocracy is informed by Africana studies theories and sociological perspectives. Finally, in a third line of research that investigates lay beliefs about the heritability of virtuous character traits, she draws on philosophical and developmental theories about virtue development, parenting practices, and child-parent relationships.

Degrees

PhD
Psychology
Texas A&M University (2020)