Abigail  Caselli

Assistant Professor of Psychology

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Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
 Ph.D Social Psychology Syracuse University 2022
M.S. Social Psychology Syracuse University 2019
B.S. Psychology Eastern Connecticut State University 2017


Dr. Abby Caselli is a social psychologist whose research program examines how the social context, relationship context, and the self interact, with the overall goal of understanding how people can achieve optimal well-being. Thus far, Dr. Caselli's research has examined how: 1) the self and relationship-relevant processes can buffer the negative impacts of racial discrimination and 2) how processes within people's relationships can influence their overall sense of self.

Dr. Caselli is very passionate about teaching. She strives to use active learning in her classroom to engage students with the material by applying concepts to the real world. Her favorite classes to teach are Research Methods, Experimental Psychology, Human Sexuality, and her special topics course on Close Relationships. Finally, Dr. Caselli enjoys working with students on their own research. Please email her if you are interested in doing mentored research in psychology.

Research, Presentations & Publications

Caselli, A. J., & Machia, L. V. (2021). Discrimination is not just Black and White in romantic relationships: A consideration of perspective taking and self-expansion. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Caselli, A. J., & Machia, L. V. (2021). The influence of perspective-taking on stress during discrimination in interracial relationships. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.