PSI Lab MEMBERS
Simon howard, Ph.D., Principal Investigator
Dr. Simon Howard is the Principal Investigator of the Psychological Social Inquiry (PSI) Lab at Marquette University. He completed his bachelor's degree in Behavioral Science with an emphasis in Psychology at San Jose State University and received his Masters of Science and Ph.D in Social Psychology from Tufts University. His research examines how race or sociocultural ideas associated with race (i.e., stereotypes) influence the psychological processes of both racially marginalized and non-marginalized group members. Most recently his work has focused on exploring the relationship between religiosity and anti-Black prejudice.
Outside the lab, Dr. Howard enjoys traveling, training capoeira, attending spoken word open mics (and on rare occasions performing), and eating good food.
Kalen Kennedy, Doctoral Student
Kalen Kennedy is a third-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at Marquette University. Prior to attending Marquette, he received a B.S. in psychology from Howard University. His research interests broadly span social hierarchy, anti-black attitudes, implicit bias, racial identity, intersectional identity, and cultural sensitive therapeutic methods. His current research explores the ways explores the ways within-race variation can affect the racial biases experienced by Black individuals.
In his spare time, he enjoys visiting art museums, listening to live music, and trying new food.
KaYlen Vine, Doctoral Student
Kaylen Vine is a first-year doctoral student in Marquette University’s Clinical Psychology Ph.D program. Prior to Marquette, she attended the University of Washington where she received her B.A. in Psychology. Her research interests involve applying social psychological concepts to clinical contexts to understand identity and its importance in tailoring client care for racially marginalized group members.
In her free time, Kaylen indulges in food, cooking, crime podcasts, and exercise.
pSi Lab Affiliates
Jennifer Alexander, M.S., Doctoral Student
Jennifer Alexander is a sixth-year doctoral student in the Marquette University Clinical Psychology program. Prior to attending Marquette, Jennifer received her B.S.B.A. in Accounting and Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis and her M.S. in Psychology from Texas A&M University. At MU, Jennifer primarily works as a graduate research assistant in Dr. Doug Woods’ Behavior Therapy and Research Lab; however, she frequently collaborates with other psychology research labs. Jennifer’s primary research interests include (1) maladaptive emotion manifestation and regulation in the context of obsessive compulsive spectrum disorders (OCSDs), (2) the impact of race, culture, and environment on the manifestation and experience of OCSDs, and (3) the interplay between the psychosocial experiences of persons with OCSDs and those of their family/peers.
In her free time, Jennifer enjoys sleeping, reading fictional books, and watching television.
MacKenzie Kirkman, M.S., Doctoral Student
Mackenzie Kirkman is in her fifth year in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at Marquette University. She received her B.A. in psychology from Drake University where she was involved in research and volunteered as an advocate for victims of sexual and intimate partner violence. Mackenzie primarily works as a graduate research assistant in Dr. Debra Oswald's Applied Social Psychology Research Lab. Her research interests focus on the intersection of gender and race biases, particularly as they relate to sexual and intimate partner violence.
Outside of graduate work, she likes listening to podcasts, rock climbing, and exploring Milwaukee.