Current Graduate Students

Christine Starr

B.A., Knox College
M.A., University of California, Santa Cruz

Graduate Student in Development Psychology
(Entered Fall 2013 in Social Psychology; switched Spring 2015 to Developmental Psychology)
E-mail: cestarr@ucsc.edu

Research interests: Sexualization of girls; self-objectification; gender and STEM stereotyping and achievement. 

Work in progress with Professor Leaper: Gender-related variations in self-concepts, values, attitudes; self-objectification; children’s and undergraduates' science and math achievement. 

Co-authored work:
     Leaper, C., Farkas, T., & Starr, C. E. (in press). Traditional masculinity, help avoidance, and intrinsic interest in relation to high school students’ English and math performance. Psychology of Men & Masculinity. 
     Leaper, C., & Starr, C. R. (in press). Helping and hindering undergraduate women's STEM motivation: Experiences with STEM encouragement, STEM-related gender bias, and sexual harassment. Psychology of Women Quarterly.  
    Starr, C. E., & Leaper, C. (2018). Gender. In M. H. Bornstein (Ed.), The SAGE encyclopedia of lifespan human development. (pp. 922-927). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
    Starr, C. E., & Leaper, C. (2016). “I wanna be pretty and smart… but not, like, a scientist or anything”: Self-objectification and expectancy beliefs about math. Poster presentation at the Gender Development Research Conference, San Francisco, October. 

 

Abigail Walsh

B.A., Rider University
M.Ed., Pennsylvania State University
M.A., New York University

Graduate Student in Development Psychology (entered Fall 2015)
E-mailabwalsh@ucsc.edu 

Research interests: Gender stereotyping; children's television and other media. 

Work in progress with Professor Leaper: Representations of gender in television programs targeted to children.

Co-authored work:
     Walsh, A., & Leaper, C. (2016). A content analysis of gender representations in preschool television. Poster presentation at the Gender Development Research Conference, San Francisco, October. 

Brenda Gutierrez

B.A., California State University at Long Beach
Graduate Student in Development Psychology (entered Fall 2017)
E-mail: brendacelina15@gmail.com 

Research interests: Gender, ethnicity/culture, romantic relationships among Latinx college students. 

Co-authored work:
    Gutierrez, B., Leaper, C., & Farkas, T. (2018, October). Gender ideologies and ambivalent sexism in relation to heterosexual couples' satisfaction.  Presentation at the Eighth Biennial Gender Development Research Conference, San Francisco. 
   Gutierrez, B., Halim, M. L., & Leaper, C. (2018, March). Messages about the other gender in Latinx families and emerging adults' own attitudes. Presentation the Society for Research on Adolescence Conference, Minneapolis. 
   Halim, M. L., Gutierrez, B., & Leaper, C. (2016, October). Family socialization of suspicion and fear of the other gender: A cross-cultural examination. Presentation at the Seventh Biennial Gender Development Research Conference, San Francisco.

Tess Haifley

B.A., Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo 
Graduate Student in Development Psychology (entered Fall 2017)
E-mail: thaifley@ucsc.edu

Research interests: Gender and STEM motivation in children. 

Work in progress with Professor Leaper: Gender and STEM motivation in children.