Alaina Brenick

Associate Professor


 

Dr. Brenick is currently accepting graduate students.

www.alaina-brenick.uconn.edu

Educational Background

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Friedrich Schiller Universität Jena, Germany
Ph.D. Human Development, University of Maryland, College Park, 2010
B.A., Psychology, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 2002

 

Professional Interests

  • The experiences of intergroup victimization, discrimination, exclusion, and bullying
  • The intergroup stereotypes and attitudes of adolescents and children, especially those living in areas of high conflict or identifying as a member of a group in conflict
  • Moral reasoning regarding social inclusion and exclusion
  • The influence of culture, context, and identity on evaluations of intergroup relations
  • Immigration and the changing conceptions of self and other identity and their role in intergroup dynamics
  • The roles of media and intergroup contact in reducing prejudice and promoting or eliminating stereotypes

 

Selected Professional Accomplishments

  • Antrag auf eine Kooperationsförderung „KoUP 1“ zur Förderung von Kooperationen mit Universitäten in den Schwerpunktregionen USA und Russland (Grant to Promote Cooperation with Universities in Priority Regions of the USA and Russia), Potsdam University, The Development of Intergroup Relations in the Classroom: Understanding Context, Child Characteristics, and Consequences, (Co-PI: M. K. Schachner), 2017-2018
  • Grant-in-Aid, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, School social-ecologies of discriminatory victimization of transgender and gender non-conforming (T&GN) youth: Relating students’, parents’, and school-staff’s evaluations of school-based discriminatory victimization in relation to perceived school-climate for T&GN youth, 2016
  • UConn Scholarship Facilitation Fund, An Examination of the Unique Experiences of, Consequences of, and Effective Responses to Discriminatory Bullying of Latino Immigrant Youth (Co-I: L. Halgunseth), 2016
  • UConn Office of the Vice President for Research Scholarship Facilitation Fund Grant, Evaluating the Effectiveness of the Arab-Jewish Classroom Exchange Program in Reducing Outgroup Prejudice and Increasing Empathy and Moral Reasoning About Coexistence, 2015
  • The University of Maryland Graduate School and Center for Teaching Excellence-Lilly Graduate Teaching Fellow, 2008-2009
  • Rachel M. Petty Dissertation Award Recipient, University of Maryland, 2007
  • RiSE-UP (Research on Socially and Economically Underrepresented Populations) Research Award Recipient, Association for Psychological Science, 2007
  • National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Predoctoral Trainee, 2003-2007

 

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Alaina Brenick
Contact Information
Emailalaina.brenick@uconn.edu
Phone959 200 3767
Mailing Address10 Prospect St., Hartford, CT 06103
Office LocationHartford - 516 Hartford Times Building; Storrs - 123E Family Studies Building