Graduate Student of Social Psychology
Julie is currently in her 1st year in the Hirtlab. Last Spring she graduated from The Ohio State University 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.
While at IU, Julie plans to focus on self-handicapping research. 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. She is also interested in the consequences of such strategies, both for the individual's self-esteem maintenance and for impression management. Future projects involving other types of behaviors like self-affirmation that can serve to regain self-esteem are in the works.
When not doing research, Julie likes to watch ridiculous reality TV shows, bake, and play volleyball.