Azim Shariff is Associate Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior at the University of California, Irvine, and director of the CaML. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto in 2004, and his doctoral degree at the University of British Columbia in 2010. He then brain-drained to America where he spent 6 years at the University of Oregon. He started at UCI in 2016.
Adam is a senior double majoring in Psychology & Biology, with an emphasis in Neuroscience. While his interests are broad in the field of Psychology, he plans to pursue a doctorate in Cognitive Neuroscience, where he is interested in working with neuroimaging (fMRI) to investigate the neurobiological mechanisms of religious and non-religious beliefs, experiences, and their associated differences. In addition to working with the Culture and Morality lab, Adam is also a Resident Assistant for University Housing, where he serves as an academic mentor for students living in the residence halls and encourages them to get involved in scientific research on campus.
Shanna is a departmental honor student double majoring in Psychology and Religious Studies and is a minor in Philosophy. Her interests include situation and applied ethics, moral psychology, and liberation theology. She plans to pursue a doctorate in clinical psychology after graduating from the UO. She enjoys reading the existentialists, hiking, spending time with friends and family, writing fiction, baking vegan desserts… and indulging in the consumption.
Zhen defended her dissertation in 2017 and is completing her predoctoral clinical internship at the Minneapolis VA Heath Care System. Her research examines how experiences of bias, stereotypes, and stigma contribute to mental health and educational disparities, and how cultural factors such as ethnicity and spirituality/religion affect academic achievement and mental health outcomes. She is interested in developing culturally informed interventions to increase participation in science and mental health treatment.
Thomas was our lab manager from 2010 to 2011. He now co-owns and runs downtown Eugene’s hottest coffeeshop/bar, The Barn Light, with a second location opening this summer.
Cassie earned her B.S. in Psychology and Religious Studies from the University of Oregon, and was an RA, honors student and eventually lab manager in the CaML (as well as the Social Psychoneuroendocrinology Lab). She is interested in the intersection of social, biological, and clinical variables, and as of Fall 2016, has started her PhD with Jennifer Tackett at Northwestern University. Cassie enjoys culinary pursuits, comedy, Freddie Mercury, Keanu Reeves, and music from the golden age of the 1990s.