Graduate Students

Sarah Gavac

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Email Sarah at  gavac@wisc.edu

Sarah Gavac is a sixth year PhD student of Social Psychology. Sarah has two main lines of work: one on normative tightness and one on morality. Normative tightness is the degree social norms are pervasive, clearly defined, and reliably imposed. Sarah is looking at how threat and identification with a threatened group are linked to normative tightness. Sarah’s work on morality aims to understand the link between attitudinal and behavioral responses to behaviors that violate moral norms. More on Sarah’s research.

Sarah has been the TA for Introduction to Psychology, Child Development, Research Methods, and Human Sexuality a total of 11 times. Sarah has been the instructor for Human Sexuality three times: once face-to-face and, after a year of development, twice in an online format. More on Sarah’s teaching.

Sarah has a B.A. in Psychology and a B.S. in Biochemistry from Case Western Reserve University.

Contact Information:
Department of Psychology
University of Wisconsin – Madison
1202 West Johnson St.
Madison, WI 53706-1611
Office 438C


Mitchell Campbell

Email Mitch at mcampbell9@wisc.edu

Mitchell Campbell is a fourth year PhD student of Social Psychology. He received his B.A. in Psychology from Carleton College in 2014.

Mitchell’s work focuses on how to utilize behavior-based approaches to fostering inclusive behaviors and reducing discriminatory behaviors, in turn improving attitudes toward social outgroups. The interventions he designs are intended to manipulate behavior in individuals who may have little motivation to be non-prejudiced or do not have particularly strong egalitarian values or positive attitudes toward marginalized social groups. Rather, they employ techniques that have successfully changed behavior in other domains (e.g., education), including social norms, personal benefits, and self-efficacy. Another line of research considers factors that could make intergroup contact more productive.

Contact Information:
Department of Psychology
University of Wisconsin – Madison
1202 West Johnson St.
Madison, WI 53706-1611
Office 438C


Naomi Isenberg

Email Naomi at nisenberg@wisc.edu

Naomi is a first year PhD student in social psychology. She graduated from Seattle Pacific University in 2017 with her B.A. in Psychology.

Her general research interests are on inter- and intra-group processes. She is specifically studying pro-diversity interventions within organizations and finding ways to positively change behavior toward outgroup members.

Contact Information:
Department of Psychology
University of Wisconsin – Madison
1202 West Johnson St.
Madison, WI 53706-1611
Office 438B