Alaina Brenick

Assistant Professor


CURRICULUM VITAE

Dr. Brenick is currently accepting graduate students.

www.alaina-brenick.uconn.edu

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 experiences of intergroup victimization, discrimination, exclusion, and bullying
  • 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

  • Antrag auf eine Kooperationsförderung „KoUP 1“ zur Förderung von Kooperationen mit Universitäten in den Schwerpunktregionen USA und Russland (Grant to Promote Cooperation with Universities in Priority Regions of the USA and Russia), Potsdam University, The Development of Intergroup Relations in the Classroom: Understanding Context, Child Characteristics, and Consequences, (Co-PI: M. K. Schachner), 2017-2018
  • Grant-in-Aid, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, School social-ecologies of discriminatory victimization of transgender and gender non-conforming (T&GN) youth: Relating students’, parents’, and school-staff’s evaluations of school-based discriminatory victimization in relation to perceived school-climate for T&GN youth, 2016
  • UConn Scholarship Facilitation Fund, An Examination of the Unique Experiences of, Consequences of, and Effective Responses to Discriminatory Bullying of Latino Immigrant Youth (Co-I: L. Halgunseth), 2016
  • UConn Office of the Vice President for Research Scholarship Facilitation Fund Grant, Evaluating the Effectiveness of the Arab-Jewish Classroom Exchange Program in Reducing Outgroup Prejudice and Increasing Empathy and Moral Reasoning About Coexistence, 2015
  • The University of Maryland Graduate School and Center for Teaching Excellence-Lilly Graduate Teaching Fellow, 2008-2009
  • 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. & Halgunseth, L. (2017). Brief Note: Applying developmental intergroup perspectives to the social ecologies of bullying: Lessons from developmental social psychology. Journal of Adolescence, 59, 90-95.
  • Brenick, A., *Flannery, K., & †Rankin, E. (2017). Victimization or entertainment? How attachment and rejection sensitivity relate to sexting experiences, evaluations, and victimization. In M.F. Wright (Ed.) Identity, Sexuality, and Relationships among Emerging Adults in the Digital Age (pp. 201-223). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  • Brenick, A., & †Romano, K. (2016). Perceived peer and parent outgroup norms, cultural identity, and adolescents’ reasoning about peer intergroup exclusion. Child Development, 87, 1392-1408.
  • Brenick, A. & Titzmann, P. (2015). Internationally comparative research on minority and immigrant adolescents’ social, emotional, and behavioral development. Journal of Adolescent Health, 57, 571-573.
  • Schachner, M. K., Brenick, A., Heizmann, B., Van de Vijver, F. J. R., & Noack, P. (2015). Structural and normative conditions for interethnic friendships in multiethnic classrooms. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 47, 1-12. doi:10.1016/j.ijintrel.2015.02.003.
  • Titzmann, P. F., Brenick, A., & Silbereisen, R. K. (2015). Friendships fighting prejudice: A longitudinal perspective on adolescents’ cross-group friendships with immigrants. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 44, 1318-1331. DOI: 10.1007/s10964-015-0256-6.
  • Brenick, A. & Killen, M. (2014). Moral judgments about Jewish-Arab intergroup exclusion: The role of culture and contact.Developmental Psychology, 50, 86-99.
  • Brenick, A. & Silbereisen, R. K. (2012). Leaving (for) home: Understanding return migration from the Diaspora. European Psychologist, 17, 85-92.
  • Brenick, A., Titzmann, P., Michel, A., & Silbereisen, R. K. (2012). Perceptions of discrimination by young Diaspora migrants: Individual and school-level associations among adolescent ethnic German immigrants. European Psychologist, 17, 105-119.
  • 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. (2017, June). Invited discussant in M. K. Schachner & K. Phalet (chairs) Interethnic contact experiences at school – Effects on psychological adjustment, academic achievement and intercultural competence of culturally diverse students. Symposium presented at the biennial meeting of the International Academy for Intercultural Research, Staten Island, NY.
  • Brenick, A., Margie, N. G., & †Lawrence, S. E., *Zwarycz, C. (2017, April). Moral judgments about exclusion bullying: The role of previous experiences and ethnicity of participants, excluders, and victims. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Austin, TX.
  • Brenick, A., Berger, R., & Tarrasch, R. (2017, April). Evaluating a school-based mindfulness and compassion training intervention to reduce Jewish-Israeli youth’s prejudice of Arabs. In P. C. Quinn (chair), Identifying and reducing bias and prejudice among children in diverse contexts. Symposium presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Austin, TX.
  • Brenick, A. Phalet, K., & Syed, M. (2016, July). Ethnic and National Identity in Culturally Diverse Classrooms. Invited “View by Three” panel presented at the Cultural Diversity, Migration, and Education Conference, University of Potsdam, Germany.
  • Brenick, A., Margie, N. G., †Lawrence, S. E. & †Veres, M. (2016, July). What should victims do? The relation between bullying experience and choices for victims’ responses in same-race and cross-race bullying situations. In A. Brenick & M. Schachner (Chairs), Effects of Positive and Negative Interethnic Interactions amongst Ethnic Minority Youth in Four Countries. Symposium presented at the Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development, Vilnius, Lithuania.
  • Margie, N. G., Brenick, A., †Lawrence, S. E., & †Veres, M. (2016, July). Interpreting intent in potential bullying situations: The relation between race/ethnicity, hostile intent attributions, and bullying experience. Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development, Vilnius, Lithuania.
  • Margie, N. G., Brenick, A., †Lawrence, S. E., & †Veres, M. (2016, July). Justifying bullying: How previous experiences predict adolescent moral reasoning about exclusion used to bully in same-race and cross-race situations. Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development, Vilnius, Lithuania.
  • Schachner, M. K., Brenick, A., & Jugert, P. (2016, July). Social Integration and Socio-Emotional Adjustment of Early-Adolescent Turkish Immigrants in Culturally Diverse Schools in Germany. In A. Brenick & M. Schachner (Chairs),  Effects of Positive and Negative Interethnic Interactions amongst Ethnic Minority Youth in Four Countries. Symposium presented at the Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development, Vilnius, Lithuania.
  • Brenick, A. & Killen, M. (2015, March). Palestinian, Palestinian-Israeli, and Jewish-Israeli children’s evaluations of scenarios of peer exclusion. In J. Smetana (chair), Growing up in the Middle East: Social development in the context of strife. Symposium conducted at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Brenick, A. & Romano, K. (2015, March). Cultural identity, and perceived peer and parent outgroup norms in relation to engagement in cross-group friendships. In M.Aboutalebi Karkavandi (Chair), Child and adolescent friendship formation and adjustment: Functions of individual and interpersonal environmental characteristics. Poster symposium conducted at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Brenick, A., Schachner, M. K., Van de Vijver, F. J. R., Noack, P., & Heizmann, B., (2014, July). Classroom-related attitudinal conditions for interethnic friendships between adolescents with and without an immigrant background. In K. Göbel & M. Schachner (Chairs)  Dealing with cultural diversity in educational settings. Invited symposium presented at the 22nd international congress of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology, Reims, France.
  • Brenick, A., & Killen, M. (2012, March). Peer, parent, and community attitudes among Jewish-American adolescents: Evaluations of Arab-Jewish intergroup exclusion. In A. Brenick & A. Munniksma (Chairs), Parental influence on adolescents’ intergroup attitudes and relationships. Symposium presented 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.  In R.K. Silbereisen & A. Brenick (Chairs), Leaving (for) home: Understanding return migration from the Diaspora. Invited symposium presented at the Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development, Edmonton, Canada.
  • 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 presented 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.
Alaina Brenick
Contact Information
Emailalaina.brenick@uconn.edu
Phone959 200 3767
Mailing Address10 Prospect St., Hartford, CT 06103
Office LocationHartford - 516 Hartford Times Building; Storrs - 123E Family Studies Building