Ph.D. in Social Psychology and Women's Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2005

B.A. in Psychology (Major) and Women's Studies (Minor), Bard College, Annandale, NY, 2000

Research Interests

Identity and Stigma; Close Relationships

Biographical Notes

Since Professor Sanchez received her PhD in social psychology and women’s studies in 2005 from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), she has been on the faculty at Rutgers University. She is a member of the social psychology area and maintains affiliations with Health Psychology, the Health Institute, the Race and Ethnicity Center, and the Women’s Studies Department. Her research program consists of two lines, one of which concerns racial identity and minority status and the other, gender roles and identity in close-relationships.

Her research on racial identity has mostly focused on perceptions and experiences of people from multiracial heritages. For example, she is interested in the fluidity of multiracial identity across contexts. More recently, her research has focused on how specific ethnic markers relate to perceptions of biracial and other minority populations.

Her research on gender in close relationships has addressed how gender role investment influences psychological well-being, sexual behavior, satisfaction, and functioning. She examines the extent to which externally contingent self-worth explains some of the costs of investment in gender ideals. In her lab, she and her students address various aspects of the gendered experience (e.g. stigmatization, perceptions of vulnerability, motivations, relational self-concepts, perceptions of the body) and how these experiences influence male-female relations and psychological health.

Social Psychology Program Area Chair.

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Awards, Fellowships, and Grants

  • 2011 Society for Experimental Social Psychology, Member
  • 2010 Michele Alexander Early Career Award, SPSSI, Division 9 of APA
  • 2010 Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Education Award, SAS, Rutgers
  • 2009 Visiting Scholar, Russell Sage Foundation, New York, NY
  • 2008 Emerging Researcher Award, New Jersey Psychological Association
  • 2008 Faculty Leader in Diversity Award, Rutgers University
  • 2005 Diversity Fund Travel Grant Award ($500), SPSP
  • 2005 Michigan Teaching Fellow Award, University of Michigan
  • 2005 National Women's Studies Association Travel Award ($100)
  • 2003 Barbara Oleshansky Department Award ($500), University of Michigan
  • 2003 Rackham International Travel Award ($1000), University of Michigan
  • 2002 Perry Roberson Department Award ($500), University of Michigan
  • 2001 Ford Foundation Diversity Predoctoral Fellowship
  • 2000 Muriel De Gre Award ($500), Bard College
  • 1999 Psychology Department Award for Excellence, Bard College
  • 1998 Best Poster in its Content Area, American Psychological Association
  • 1996 Excellence at Equal Cost 4-Year Scholarship, Bard College

Selected Publications

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