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PRIDE Lab Members

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Dr. Adam J. Hoffman

Lab Director

Dr. Hoffman is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Cornell University. He completed postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Michigan and North Carolina State University. Dr. Hoffman earned his MA and PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his BA in Psychology from Quinnipiac University.  

He researches the development of ethnic-racial and sexual and gender minority identities in adolescence and their implications for academic, psychosocial, and mental health outcomes.


X (formally Twitter): @DrAdamHoffman

View Dr. Hoffman's CV here.


Vicki Baum

Graduate Research Assistant

Educational Background: I earned my BA in Psychology from the State University of New York (SUNY) - Geneseo in 2015. I then went on to earn my Master of Public Health and Master of Social Work degrees at SUNY - Albany in 2019.

Research interests: I am interested in studying social systems supporting identity development in adolescence and young adulthood.


Hometown: Spencerport, NY

Degree/Program: Ph.D. student in Human Development & Family Studies, Social & Personality Development

Hobby: I spend most of my free time coaching rugby.

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Rob Klein

Graduate Research Assistant

Educational Background: In 2018 I earned my BA in Agricultural Leadership from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Then, in 2023, I went on to earn my Master of Science in Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Research interests: Broadly, I'm interested in how social identity development contributes to flourishing in adolescents and young adults. I also have methodological interests in scale design, growth models, and participatory research. 


Hometown: Northbrook, IL


Degree/Program: Ph.D. student in developmental psychology

Favorite candy?: I'm a huge fan of Hubba Bubba bubble gum and buy it in bulk.


McKenzie Murray

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Research interests:  Understanding the role of passions and purpose in youth development and well-being and developing programs focused on personal and professional development.


Hometown: Snellville, Georgia 


Degree/Program: Bachelor of Science in Human Development with a double minor in Education and Inequality Studies 

Favorite line from any movie: The scene from Shark Tales where the shrimp is begging for his life and he starts talking about his sister and he ends it saying, "True story!" in a high-pitched voice. 

Favorite candy?: Baby Ruth

Recent Netflix or streaming binge: My best friend and I are currently binging You and The Parent Test.


Kiara Shan

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Research interests:  I am interested in how different social institutions and the ways adolescents perceive themselves affect youth mental health.


Hometown: Hangzhou, China 


Degree/Program: Bachelor of Science in Human Development

Hobby: I try to meditate every day to stay refreshed.

Favorite candy?: Chocolate taffy


Dr. Hannah L. Schacter

Wayne State University

Dr. Deborah Rivas-Drake

University of Michigan

Dr. Fernanda Cross

University of Michigan

Dr. Kelly Lynn Mulvey

North Carolina State University

Dr. Beth Kurtz-Costes

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Channing Mathews

University of Virginia

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