SHARC Lab Personnel
Amelia Talley is an Assistant Professor, housed within the Experimental-Social Area. After receiving her bachelor's degree in Psychology at Texas A&M University in 2001, Amelia headed up "North" to complete her Ph.D. in Social/Personality Psychology at the University of Missouri. After receiving her doctorate in 2009, she became a post-doctoral researcher and then a Research Assistant Professor before joining the faculty at Texas Tech University. Broadly speaking, Amelia's research looks at whether how we view ourselves or what situations we find ourselves in influence our health-related decision-making and behaviors. Her research specifically tries to understand the ways in which threats to one's self-concept and the stigmatization individuals may encounter will affect their health and well-being. The core goal of her work is to identify factors that contribute to health disparities among marginalized and privileged individuals; by identifying important factors that contribute to poorer health and well-being, she aims to eliminate or reduce these disparities. If you are interested in some of Amelia's recent empirical work, check out this recent article. In managing the daily activities in her lab, Amelia works directly with a team of five graduate students and over 10 undergraduate research assistants. Amelia is committed to providing mentoring and teaching to graduate and undergraduate students in our Psychology department.
A self-described "Texas Tornado," Amelia was born-and-raised in the Lone Star State. In her spare time, Amelia enjoys spending time with her husband, Andrew, her toddler, Miles, and her two dogs, Savannah and Zorro. When she can find the time, she also enjoys running, listening to vinyl, discovering new culinary delights, and crafting. Amelia is proud to call Lubbock home and is dedicated to the success of the Psychological Sciences Department and the larger TTU Community.
(Graduate Part-time Instructor/Graduate Research Assistant)
My research interests are generally interested in social stigmas and their effects on health outcomes. Specifically, my research aims are two fold: reducing stigma against the elderly, and increasing positive views on aging. I am trying to better understand the nature of age-based stereotypes and exploring avenues to reduce them in young adult populations. Additionally, my research aims to create programs to enhance positive views on aging, leading to better overall health outcomes.
David Hancock was born in Tacoma, Washington as the black sheep of a set of identical triplets (the other two have chemical engineering degrees). At the age of 7, he moved to St. Louis, Missouri, which is where he considers home. He is an avid sports fans and can often be found watching his beloved Cardinals whenever they are on TV. Additionally, he enjoys pandas, running, pokemon, and a more than healthy amount of netflix.
Tran H. Le, B.A.
(Graduate Part-Time Instructor/Graduate Research Assistant)
My research examines the interplay between individual and situational factors that influence aggressive behavior. Some variables I am currently investigating include personality traits (e.g., vulnerable narcissism) and substance use (e.g., alcohol). Specifically, I am interested in the process by which individuals re-appraise and cope with their self-concept following the perpetuation of microaggression and/or interpersonal aggression. The goals of my research are to develop better intervention strategies and to inform public policy.
Tran Le emigrated from Việt Nam to Nebraska as a refugee decades ago and considers Lincoln her home base. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. When she isn't looking at and/or sending memes to people, Tran enjoys watching TV shows that people talked about years ago, being an otaku, going on late night cruises with a good R&B playlist, and eating Korean BBQ.
(Graduate Research Assistant)
Broadly speaking, my research investigates the disclosure process of concealable stigmatized identities (e.g., sexual minority status). More specifically, I am interested in how individuals' motivation for disclosing impacts their overall well-being, psychosocial health, and future disclosure intentions. The primary goal of my work is to identify motivations and disclosure-context characteristics that can potentially lead to more personal and health related benefits among people who possess concealable stigmas.
Anthony Foster was born-and-raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Cincinnati before moving to Lubbock to complete his doctorate. When he is not studying, he enjoys watching YouTube videos, browsing social media, and spending time with friends.
(Lab Manager/Graduate Research Assistant)
I am interested in researching topics that can help provide better education about social issues, as well as encourage better intervention initiatives like student-based programming at universities. These topics include stereotypes, relationships, sex, health and well-being, power-based violence prevention, STEM, and professional development. I am especially focused on how identifiers like gender, sexuality, race, and class affect these topics.
I was born in South Bend, Indiana, but have since lived in Cincinnati, Ohio and Chicago, Illinois. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Ohio University before moving to Texas Tech to complete my doctoral degree. I enjoy watching and analyzing movies, traveling with my mom, playing volleyball and doing archery, and reading books underneath trees. Additionally: 10 is my doctor, Slytherin is my house, Rohan is my kingdom, Edward is my team, the odds are in my favor, and all that I see or seem is but a dream within a dream.
(Graduate Research Assistant)
Sarah Brown, M.A.
(Graduate Research Assistant)
AddressTexas Tech University, Department of Psychological Sciences, Box 42051 Lubbock, TX 79409-2051