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Alaina Brenick

Alaina F. Brenick

Assistant Professor

Department of Human Development & Family Studies
University of Connecticut
Room 413, Library Building
1800 Asylum Ave.
West Hartford, CT 06117-2697

Phone: (860) 570-9084

Curriculum Vitae

Educational Background

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Friedrich Schiller Universität Jena, Germany
Ph.D. Human Development, University of Maryland, College Park, 2009
B.A., Psychology, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 2002

Professional Interests

  • The intergroup stereotypes and attitudes of adolescents and children, especially those living in areas of high conflict or identifying as a member of a group in conflict
  • Moral reasoning regarding social inclusion and exclusion
  • The influence of culture, context, and identity on evaluations of intergroup relations
  • Immigration and the changing conceptions of self and other identity and their role in intergroup dynamics
  • The roles of media and intergroup contact in reducing prejudice and promoting or eliminating stereotypes

Selected Professional Accomplishments

  • The University of Maryland Graduate School and Center for Teaching Excellence-Lilly Graduate Teaching Fellow, 2008-2009
  • Dissertation Grant-in-Aid Recipient, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, 2008
  • 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

Selected Publications

  • Brenick, A. & Silbereisen, R. K. (in press). Leaving (for) home: Understanding return migration from the Diaspora. European Psychologist.
  • Brenick, A., Titzmann, P., Michel, A., & Silbereisen, R. K. (in press). Perceptions of discrimination by young Diaspora migrants: Individual and school-level associations among adolescent ethnic German immigrants. European Psychologist.
  • Killen, M. & Brenick, A. (2011). Morality, exclusion, and culture. In X. Chen & K. R. Rubin (Eds.), Socioemotional Development in Cultural Contexts. New York: Guilford Publications.
  • Brenick, A., Killen, M., Lee-Kim, J., Fox, N. A., Leavitt, L. A., Raviv, A., Masalha, S., Mura, F., & Smadi, Y. (2010). Social understanding in young Israeli-Jewish, Israeli-Palestinian, Palestinian, and Jordanian children: Moral judgments and stereotypes. Early Education and Development, 21, 866-911.
  • Ardila-Rey, A., Killen, M., & Brenick A. (2009). Moral reasoning in violent contexts: Displaced and non-displaced Colombian children’s evaluations of moral transgressions, retaliation, and reconciliation. Social Development, 18, 181-209.
  • Brenick, A., Lee-Kim, J., Killen, M., Fox, N. A., Raviv, A., & Leavitt, L. A. (2007). Social judgments in Israeli and Arab children: Findings from media-based intervention projects. In D. Lemish & M. Götz (Eds.), Children and Media at Times of Conflict and War (pp. 287-308). Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.

Selected Presentations

  • Brenick, A., & Killen, M. (2012, March). Peer, parent, and community attitudes among Jewish-American adolescents: Evaluations of Arab-Jewish intergroup exclusion. Paper to be presented in symposium (A. Brenick & A. Munniksma, chairs) Parental influence on adolescents’ intergroup attitudes and relationships, at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence, Vancouver, Canada.
  • Brenick, A., Titzmann, P.F., Michel, A., & Silbereisen, R.K. (2012, July). Ethnic German Immigrant adolescents’ perceived discrimination: Individual and school-level associations. Paper to be presented in invited symposium (R.K. Silbereisen & A. Brenick, chairs) Leaving (for) home: Understanding return migration from the Diaspora, at the Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development, Edmonton, Canada.
  • Schachner, M., Brenick, A., Heizmann, B., van de Vijver, F. J. R., & Noack, P. (2011, July). Class composition, school climate and interethnic relations amongst pupils. Paper presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Brenick, A. (2011, May). Early understanding of intergroup conflict: Young Arab and Israeli children’s evaluations of peer intergroup relations. Paper presented at the UNA Global Biennial Conference, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
  • Brenick, A., Titzmann, P, & Silbereisen, R. K. (2011, April). A longitudinal analysis of the intergroup relations between native Germans and the ethnic and foreign immigrants in Germany. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
  • Brenick, A., Killen, M., Kelly, M., Richardson, C., & Jampol, N. (2008, June). Social-cognitive developmental approaches to intergroup bias and moral judgments. In (R. Guerra & L. Cameron, chairs) Overcoming the First Glimmers of Prejudice: The Developmental Social Psychological Approach. Symposium at the biennial convention of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, Chicago, IL.
  • Brenick, A., Lee-Kim, J., Killen, M., Fox, N. A., & Leavitt, L. A. (2007, May). Arab and Israeli children’s stereotypes about the other and evaluations of peer intergroup exclusion. In (J. Denver, chair), RiSE-UP Research Award Symposium: Research on Socially and Economically Underrepresented Populations. Symposium at the annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, DC.
  • Margie, N. G., Brenick, A., Killen, M., Crystal, D., & Ruck, M. (2007, March). Peer exclusion: Personal experience, moral judgments, and ethnic group membership. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Boston, MA.