Alaina Brenick

Associate Professor
Human Development & Family Sciences

Education:

  • Post-doctoral Fellowship, Friedrich Schiller Universität Jena, Germany

    • Human Behaviour in Social and Economic Change

  • Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park, USA

    • Human Development, Developmental Science

    • 5-year NIH Pre-doctoral Training Fellowship, 4.0 GPA

  • B.A., University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), USA

    • Psychology

    • Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude, Departmental Honors

Dr. Alaina Brenick outside of the Family Studies Building on the UConn Storrs Campus

Dr. Alaina Brenick

Dr. Brenick is currently accepting new students.

Research areas:

  • 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
  • Social and moral reasoning regarding intergroup exclusion, discrimination, bullying, and victimization
  • 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 influence of group norms and prototypes in the development of adolescent intergroup attitudes and stereotypes
  • The role of intergroup contact in reducing prejudice
  • The role of the media in promoting or eliminating stereotypes
  • Media and contact based intervention development and evaluation

Contact Dr. Brenick:

alaina.brenick@uconn.edu

(959) 200-3767