Sarah Schiavone

What are you doing now?

I am currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology at the University of Kentucky where I am working with Dr. Will Gervais. As a graduate student in the Social Psychology Program, my research largely explores attitudes and beliefs. Specific areas that I study include:

  • Predictors of interest in STEM
  • Stereotypes towards scientists
  • Rejection and distrust of climate science and evolution
  • Prejudice towards atheists and sexual minorities
  • Religion and secularism
  • Nerd culture and science fiction

How did UNA's Psychology program help you achieve what you have become?

UNA's Psychology program inspired me to be a scientist. As a psychology major, I gained an understanding of the complexity of human behavior and an appreciation for the importance of science. I also acquired first-hand research experience, which eventually led me to pursue a career in social psychology. Through the dedication and support of the professors at UNA, I was able to grow both as a person and an aspiring scientist. I am very thankful I chose to study psychology at UNA, not only because it prepared me for graduate school, but because it helped me discover my passion for research.

What advice would you give students who are interested in becoming UNA Psychology majors?

If you are interested in psychology, take a few courses, don't be afraid to ask questions, and talk to your professors. Another great way to learn more about psychology is to find out what kind of research is happening at UNA. Also, be sure to get involved in the Psychology Club; it is an excellent resource and a lot of fun!