Biography: Melanie Kushida received her M.A. in sociology from UC Riverside in 2017 and her B.A in sociology with a minor in dance from CSU Dominguez Hills in 2014. Her specializations are in social psychology and criminology, where she is specifically interested in identity processes and the development of maladaptive behaviors.
Her current research examines how non-verifying feedback from others can influence self-esteem and contribute to self-injury. She also explores how group identification in the self-injury community can influence self-esteem and the frequency and severity of self-injury behavior.
Melanie is also involved in collaborative projects that explore various issues in social psychology and criminology such as the mediating role of identity verification on ethnic-racial socialization messages and psychological health, and the effects of gentrification on illicit sex work.
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