My research focuses on the theme of marginalized persons and groups. In my ostracism research I am currently building a theoretical framework about family ostracism. As a multi-disciplinary collaboration with Communication scholars, we are seeking to understand how exclusion experiences in one’s family affect their perspective of themselves, others, and their family communication patterns. In my prejudice work, I collaborate with colleagues regionally to understand how personality traits, and contact experiences predict prejudicial attitudes. Currently, we are examining how stigmas like overweight, sexual orientation, and disability are perceived because there are a multitude of attributions for these stigmas. Finally, I am currently working to understand a marginalized community: women in prison. With collaborators, I am seeking to understand their experiences of ostracism, but more importantly, how positive psychology and resilience training could improve their mental health, and ultimately reduce recidivism.