Graduate Student of Social Psychology
Julie is currently in her 2nd year in the Hirtlab. She graduated from The Ohio State University in 2012 with a B.S. in Psychology. Her research projects there focused on the protection of self-esteem and on the effects of interpersonal goals in relationships. Her main interests lie with the self, and specifically with self-protective mechanisms.
Julie's research at IU focuses on self-handicapping. One current project looks at trying to discover the reason for the gender difference in behavioral self-handicapping - men engage in these behaviors, while women do not. Another current project focuses on how beliefs about control influence the use of self-handicapping. An additional project looks at how stereotype threat could be used as a self-handicap to excuse poor performance.
When not doing research, Julie likes to watch ridiculous reality TV shows, bake, and play volleyball.