I am a (cross-cultural) psychologist with interests in acculturation, stereotypes, individual and societal change in the context of migration, and aging. In August 2017 I have received the title of Doctor in Psychology from the Bremen International School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) (read my dissertation here), which was done under the supervision of Prof. Christopher J. Cohrs, Dr. Katja Hanke, and Prof. Fons van de Vijver. Prior to BIGSSS, I have studied, or had research stays, at the University of Bucharest (Romania), the University of Groningen (the Netherlands), and ISCTE Lisbon University Institute (Portugal).
I am involved as either primary investigator or as a collaborator in a variety of research projects with teams of scientists across the globe. Some of the topics we are examining include the Pronoun Drop Hypothesis (literature), Schwartz’s theory of cultural values (literature), the cognitive-behavioral profile of nations (project site), and four sub-dimensions of stereotype content (project description).
When I got free time on my hands I explore my passion for photography (see my site here), read or watch series, and enjoy the company of my loved ones.
As a short life course bio, I was born in Galati (Romania). At the age of 19 I left the home town of my parents and moved to Bucharest (capital of Romania) for studies in Sociology. Three years later I moved to Groningen (north in the Netherlands) with the intention of continuing at the MSc level my education in Sociology. However, after the first study semester I realized my passion was with Social Psychology. After consulting with the director of studies (at the time Dr. Melinda Mills), I was able to pursue my newly found interest. In 2011 I graduated with an MSc in Social and Organizational Psychology and one year after I arrived in Bremen (North Germany) for my doctoral studies.