Dr. Chanel Meyers | Lab Director


I am an assistant professor of psychology at Whitman College. I earned my Ph.D. from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa in Social Psychology. Born and raised in Hawai‘i, I became interested in how racial diversity impacts how we deal with race. As a multiracial individual who has lived in Hawai‘i, Oregon, Toronto, and now Walla Walla, I am interested in how our identity interacts with our context. I teach the following courses: Social Psychology, Research Methods, Social Cognition, Stereotyping/Prejudice, Diversity & Intergroup Relations.

Email: meyersck@whitman.edu

Click here for my CV

Jenny Kim | Research Assistant


I am a third year, psychology major at Whitman College. I have always been interested in the intersection of varying identities and how they manifest in our everyday interactions with others. Specifically, I aim to explore ways in which we can reduce prejudice and become more aware of our own biases. Some of my hobbies include drinking absurd amounts of coffee and playing any sort of competitive sport or game; this may or may not occur simultaneously. 

Abby Malzewski | Research Assistant

I am a rising junior psychology and film and media studies major at Whitman College. I am interested in researching within the field of social psychology with an emphasis on learning about how diversity and different identities impact daily interactions. I hope to conduct research that promotes inclusive thinking and becoming more aware of unconscious biases. Some of my hobbies outside of the lab include watching movies, going on runs, and drinking smoothies.

Wako Soma | Research Assistant

I am a student at Whitman College and I am planning on majoring in Psychology in the spring of this year. My research interests include topics of racial identity and more specifically on Asian American experiences in the United States. I hope that I am able to conduct research, so that I can better understand my own identities as well as bringing forth new ideas and data to better change the world. Some of my hobbies include reading YA books and taking my dog, Billy, on walks around my neighborhood while listening to audiobooks.

Gungi | Lab mascot

Gungi’s favorite past times include sleeping, sitting on laps, and begging for treats.
He provides the lab with morale support.

You can follow his antics here: