Alaina Brenick

Associate Professor


Dr. Brenick is currently accepting graduate students.

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, reasoning about, and responses to bias-based victimization, discrimination, social inequities, exclusion, and bullying
  • The intergroup dynamics of adolescents and children, especially those living in areas of high conflict or identifying as a member of a group in conflict
  • Understanding allyship
  • Designing, implementing, and evaluating developmentally and contextually appropriate interventions to promote socially just anti-bias intergroup relations


Selected Professional Accomplishments

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives Funding, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, UConn, The Trans and Non-binary School-based Discrimination Scale: Validating a community-derived measure to understand academic social injustices of gender expressive youth, 2022
  • Human Rights Institute, Faculty Seed Grant (Formerly Human Rights Institute Fellowship), A right to housing, a right to health: How do Connecticut constituents view the unhoused community’s Right to Housing during and beyond COVID-19, 2021
  • Pr​esident’s Commitment to Community Initiative Grant, UConn, Making voices heard: Diversity, disadvantage, and discrimination in educational Settings, 2021
  • 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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Dr. Alaina Brenick
Contact Information
Phone959 200 3767
Mailing Address10 Prospect St., Hartford, CT 06103
Office LocationHartford - 516 Hartford Times Building; Storrs - 123E Family Studies Building