Alaina Brenick

Associate Professor
Human Development & Family Sciences


  • 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

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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:

(959) 200-3767