People

Avital ("Tali") Mentovich, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow
Tali has BAs in Psychology and Philosophy and Law, and practiced law for several years as a criminal and constitutional lawyer. As a social psychologist, her research centers upon social justice, legitimacy, and rule-following. She received her PhD from New York University, where she worked with Tom Tyler, John Jost and Yaccov Trope. Her research looks at how people’s perceptions of what is fair affect their perceptions of and reactions to social, legal, political, and public policy issues. In particular she studies how procedural justice is involved in perception of power, power distance, and organizational hierarchy or equality.
Matthew Christian Jackson
Matthew Jackson received his B.A. in Psychology from Emory University, his M.S. from Penn State, and his PhD. in Social Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is currently a postdoctoral fellow at UCLA, where he is working with the UCLA Diversity Research Office. His research investigates the performance of social identities; particularly the performances of masculinity and racial identity within organizations. His research has been funded by the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, the Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship program, and the UCLA DIGSSS Fellows Program.
Erin P. Hennes, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow
Erin P. Hennes was born in Idaho and raised in northern Wisconsin. She received BAs with Honors in Music and Psychology at Indiana University and a PhD in Social Psychology with a minor in Quantitative Psychology from New York University. Erin’s research, which has been funded by the National Science Foundation, primarily investigates the impact of resistance to social change on processing of sociopolitical information. She is also interested in studying intergroup person perception, biases in legal decision-making, and self-disclosure processes.
Serena Does, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow
Serena Does (pronounced "dues") grew up living in the Netherlands, Suriname, and Aruba. where she graduated from high school at Colegio Arubano. She obtained a Master's degree (cum laude) in Social and Organizational Psychology at Leiden University, after which she was
awarded a dissertation research grant by the Dutch National Science Foundation. Her dissertation focused on the impact of morality framing on dominant group members and attitudinal and psycho-physiological responses to social inequality, for which she received the Social Issues Dissertation Award from SPSSI in 2013. Dr. Does joins the
Psychology of Social Justice Lab at UCLA as a Post-doctoral Fellow. Here, she continues to examine intergroup processes and attitudes toward social inequality.