Sanchez, Diana T.
Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2005
Professional Summary/CV [.PDF]
Department of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences, New Brunswick; Rutgers
Areas of Interest
Racial Minority Health & Identity and How Adherence to Gender Norms Affects Psychological Health and Intimate Relationships.
Social Psychology, Psychology of Women and Gender, Self and Identity.
Memberships and Professional Service
Co-Editor (with Margaret Shih), Journal of Social Issues on the “Landscape of Multiracial Experiences,” Expected publication: 2008; Diversity Committee, 2006-present; Assistant Professor, Rutgers, 2005-present; Race and Ethnicity Center Affiliate 2005-present, Women’s Studies Department Affiliate 2005-present; Graduate Instructor and Research Assistant, University of Michigan, 2000-2005.
Grants, Honors, and Awards
Research Council Grant, Rutgers University, “Managing Multiple Racial Identities: Implications for Daily Health,” 2007-2008; Diversity Fund Travel Grant Award, Society for Personality and Social Psychology, 2005; Michigan Teaching Fellow Award, University of Michigan, 2004; Ford Foundation Fellow 2000-2005.
Academic Interests and Plans
My research on racial identity has examined the psychological well-being of people of multiracial heritages. More broadly, my research on racial identity addresses the extent that racial identities are viewed as stable or contingent aspects of the self, and the potential psychological antecedents and consequences of racial stability. My research also examines how disclosure of multiracial identities may influence multiracial people and those around them.
My research on gender in close relationships has addressed how gender conformity influences psychological well-being, sexual behavior, satisfaction, and functioning. I examine the extent to which externally contingent self-worth explains some of the costs of investment in gender ideals. In my lab, we address various aspects of the gendered experience (e.g. stigmatization, perceptions of vulnerability, motivations, relational self-concepts, perceptions of the body) and how these experiences influence male-female relations and psychological health.