Current and Previous Graduate Students


Current Graduate Students and Post-doc


Minjoo Joo, M.A. (Graduate Student)


I was born and raised in Busan, South Korea. I moved to Seoul to earn my B.S. in Psychology and M.A. in Social Psychology from Korea University. Now I’m in my fourth year as a graduate student in Social Psychology at Iowa State University. Together with Dr. Cross I work on projects with various topics such as forgiveness, honor and goal pursuit, and sacrifice in close relationships. My research interest centers on self and identity, close relationships, and culture. Some of my research questions are; How does close relationships influence self and identity? and what is the role of culture in the process?


Vanessa Castillo, B.S. (Graduate student)

A picture of Vanessa Castillo

I grew up in the Midwest of the U.S. I finished my bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Spanish at Concordia College Moorhead, Minnesota. I’m in my fourth year as a graduate student of Social Psychology. I work with Dr. Cross on various projects such as how concern for honor motivates goal pursuit and honor related aggression. My research interest includes cross-cultural psychology, conflicts, and romantic relationships.


Previous Graduate Students

Laura Madson, Ph.D.

Pamela Bacon, Ph.D.

Michael L. Morris, Ph.D.

Jonathan Gore, Ph.D.

Kari Terzino, Ph.D.

Berna Gercek-Swing, Ph.D.

Alice Zhang, Ph.D.

Ceren Gunsoy, Ph.D.

Ben C-P Lam, Ph.D.

Karen Bittner, Ph.D.