Bio & CV

Christine Ma-Kellams is a social psychologist who likes to think hard and ask interesting questions.

Below is her CV.

CURRENT POSITION________________________________________________________________________________

Postdoctoral Fellow & College Fellow 2011 – Present
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Advisor: Jennifer Lerner; Joshua Greene

EDUCATION__________________________________________________________________________________________

University of California, Santa Barbara 2006 – 2011
Degree: Ph.D.
Area: Social Psychology
Advisor: Jim Blascovich
Dissertation title: Culture and emotional suppression

University of California, Berkeley 2002 – 2006
Degree: B.A.
Majors: Psychology & Spanish Literature
Advisor: Kaiping Peng
Thesis title: I am against us? Unpacking ingroup derogation via dialecticism

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE_____________________________________________________________________

Research Consultant, Hospice of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA 2010 – 2011
Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychology, Westmont College, 2010 – 2011 Santa Barbara, CA

Teaching Associate, Department of Psychology, University of California, Summer 2009
Santa Barbara, CA

Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychology, Brooks Institute, Summer 2008
Santa Barbara, CA

RESEARCH AREAS___________________________________________________________________________________

Eastern vs. Western models of emotion
Morality and prosocial behavior
Education, SES, and religion as culture
Psychophysiological basis of decision-making

AWARDS, FELLOWSHIPS & GRANTS_____________________________________________________________

Society of Personality and Social Psychology Student Publication Award 2012
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship 2008 – 2011
Regents and Chancellor’s Fellowship, UC Santa Barbara 2006 – 2011
Academic Senate Grant (PI: Jim Blascovich) 2007 – 2008
Merage Foundation for the American Dream Fellowship 2006 – 2008
Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues Diversity Travel Award 2008
Louis H. Towbes Fellowship, UC Santa Barbara 2007
Center for Race and Gender Grant, UC Berkeley 2005 – 2006
Haas Scholars Fellowship & Undergraduate Research Grant, UC Berkeley 2005 – 2006
Regents and Chancellor’s Scholarship, UC Berkeley 2002 – 2006
Warner Brown Memorial Prize for Outstanding Promise in Research, UC Berkeley 2006

PUBLICATIONS _____________________________________________________________________________________

1. Ma-Kellams, C., Spencer-Rodgers, J. & Peng, K. (2011). I am against us? Unpacking
ingroup favoritism via dialecticism. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 37(1),
15-27.
Winner of the SPSP Best Graduate Student Authored Publication Award 2012

2. Ma-Kellams, C. & Blascovich, J. (2011). Culturally divergent responses to mortality
salience. Psychological Science, 22(8), 1019-1024.

3. Ma-Kellams, C. (2011). Culture and emotional suppression. Doctoral dissertation,
University of California, Santa Barbara.

4. Ma-Kellams, C., Blascovich, J., & McCall, C. (2012). Culture and the body: East-West
differences in visceral perception. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology,
102(4), 718-728.

5. Ma-Kellams, C., & Blascovich, J. (2012). Reading the emotions of friends vs. strangers:
Culture and self-construal moderate empathic accuracy. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 38(7), 933-945.

6. Ma-Kellams, C. & Blascovich, J. (2012). Enjoying life in the face of death: East-West
differences in responses to mortality salience. Journal of Personality and Social
Psychology. Advance publication doi: 10.1037/a0029366.

7. Ma-Kellams, C. & Blascovich, J. (2012). The ironic effect of financial incentive on
empathic accuracy. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. Advance publication
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jesp.2012.08.014.

8. Ma-Kellams, C. & Blascovich, J. (2013). Does science make you moral? PLoS-ONE, 8(3),
e57989.

9. Ma-Kellams, C. (in press). Dialectical thinking and attitudes. In Spencer-Rodgers, J. &
Peng, K. (Eds.), The Psychological and Cultural Foundations of Dialectical Thinking.

10. Ma-Kellams, C. & Blascovich, J. (revise-resubmit). Competitive disadvantage and the
ironic effects of positive stereotypes on perceiver evaluations. Journal of
Experimental Social Psychology.

11. Ma-Kellams, C., Rocci, A., Lee, J., Ferreira, M. & Madu, A. (submitted). Not all education
is equally liberal: The effects of science vs. humanities education on political attitudes.

12. Greene, J. & Ma-Kellams, C. (in prep). The utilitarian ethos of modern architecture and
moral reasoning.

MEDIA COVERAGE__________________________________________________________________________________

From: Culturally divergent responses to mortality salience

The Boston Globe—Give me liberty or give me cash: Surprising insights from the social sciences

News 72 (UK)—Cultures react to death differently

Science Daily—Your culture may influence your perception of death

Yahoo News—Culture influences our perceptions of death: Study

The Times of India—Why we perceive death differently

Health Canal—Your culture may influence your perception of death

From: Enjoying Life in the Face of Death: East-West Differences in Responses to Mortality Salience

National Affairs Quarterly—Something about culture

Pacific Standard Magazine—Eastern philosophy eases death anxiety

From: The ironic effect of financial incentive on empathic accuracy

Pacific Standard Magazine—Money degrades our ability to empathize

The Wall Street Journal–The Chilly Couch

INVITED TALKS_____________________________________________________________________________________

The utilitarian ethos behind modern art and architecture
Moral Cognition Series, Boston University 2012

The search for immortality takes on strange forms: Culture and terror management.
Social Psychology Area Colloquium, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 2010

Culture, emotion, and the body: East-West differences in physiological self-perception.
Psychology Mini-Conference, University of California, Santa Barbara 2009

Me vs. we: Cultural differences in ingroup derogation.
Haas Scholars Conference, University of California, Berkeley, CA 2006

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS______________________________________________________________________

Ma-Kellams, C. & Blascovich, J. (2011). Culture and empathic accuracy. Presented at the 12th
annual for the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio, TX.

Ma, C., & Blascovich, J. (2010). Culture and escape: Alternative ways of dealing with the
problem of mortality. Presented at the 11th annual meeting of the Society for
Personality and Social Psychology, Las Vegas, NV.

Ma, C., Blascovich, J., & McCall, C. (2009). Culture, emotion, and the body: East-West
differences in misattribution of arousal and physiological self-perception. Presented at the 10th annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Tampa, FL.

Ma, C., Spencer-Rodgers, J., & Peng, K. (2008). I am against us? Unpacking ingroup
derogation via dialecticism. Presented at the 7th biennial meeting of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, Chicago, IL.

TEACHING & MENTORING EXPERIENCE_________________________________________________________

Instructor
Harvard University
Methods of Behavioral Research Spring 2012
Cultural Psychology Fall 2011, 2012
Westmont College
Experimental Psychology Spring 2011
Social Psychology Fall 200
University of California, Santa Barbara
Social Influence Summer 2009
Brooks Institute
General Psychology Summer 2008

Teaching Assistant
Harvard University
Science of Living Systems Fall 2012
Social Psychology Spring 2012

University of California, Santa Barbara
Memory Summer 2010, 2008
The Self Summer 2009
Advanced Research Methods Spring 2008
Intergroup Relations Winter 2008
Introduction to Psychology Fall 2007

Mentor
Undergraduate Research and Creative Awards Program
Richard Gavan, law student, University of San Francisco 2011
Audrey Wilk, graduate student in I-O psychology, Columbia University 2009
Steven Scott, graduate student in clinical psychology, UC Merced 2008
Jenny Cho, graduate student in health psychology, Loma Linda University 2008
Research Center for Virtual Environments & Behavior
Garrick Garcia, graduate student in clinical psychology, California State University,
Stanislaus 2008

SERVICE______________________________________________________________________________________________

Resident Coordinator, UCSB Family Student Housing 2009 – 2010
Panel discussant, Seminar on the Teaching of Psychology Winter 2010
UCSB Research Mentorship Program Summer 2008 & 2009
UCSB Undergraduate Research and Creative Awards 2008-2011

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS & SERVICE_____________________________________________________

Professional Memberships
American Psychological Association
Society for Personality and Social Psychology
Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues

Editorial Review (Ad Hoc)
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
Journal of Clinical and Social Psychology
European Journal of Psychological Assessment

8 thoughts on “Bio & CV

  1. Harry hui says:

    Dear Dr Ma,
    I would greatly appreciate receiving a copy of your JPSP article” Enjoying life in the face of death: East-West differences in responses to mortality salience.”
    Many thanks.
    Harry

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