Kim Hartson Wins SPSP Graduate Student Travel Award

January 08, 2013

Graduate student Kimberly Hartson received her BA in psychology and philosophy from Rice University in Houston, TX. She is now working toward a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara under Dr. David Sherman. Her research focuses on how individuals respond to threats to the self. This interest is manifested in a number of different lines of research including work investigating the ironic costs of threatening health messages, understanding dehumanization in response to threat, and reducing maladaptive responses to threat with self-affirmation. Kim is also interested in situational determinates of moral judgments. In particular, this work focuses on understanding why individuals often go along with or overlook the immoral behavior of others and ways to increase accountability.