Bio


I am a doctoral candidate in the Developmental and Psychological Sciences program of the Graduate School of Education. My dissertation explores how the empathy and perspective-taking shown by instructors in equity-focused spaces, including outdoor/environmental programs, influence the ways in which Latinx and other youth of color see themselves as intellectually capable and environmentally connected. More broadly, I am interested in the psychology of how people work to understand each other and the living world. As an interdisciplinary education scholar, my work leverages insights from developmental, cultural, and pedagogical psychology to address issues of educational and environmental justice.

Honors & Awards


  • Diversifying Academia, Recruiting Excellence (DARE) Graduate Fellowship, Stanford University VPGE (June, 2018)
  • Phillip Zimbardo Prize for Excellence in Teaching, Stanford University Psychology Department (June, 2018)
  • Community Impact Award, Stanford Alumni Association (May, 2018)
  • Collaborative Learning Fund Award (two-time recipient), Stanford Graduate School of Education, Office of the Dean (December, 2015)
  • Gerhard Casper Stanford Graduate Fellowship, Stanford University (September, 2014)
  • Saltire Scholar Fellowship, University of St Andrews; Scottish Government (September, 2013)
  • Margaret T. Barnes Full Scholarship in the Natural Sciences, Colorado College; The Otis A. & Margaret T. Barnes Trust (May, 2008)

Professional Affiliations and Activities


  • Graduate Student Member, North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) (2018 - Present)
  • Graduate Student Member, International Mind, Brain, and Education Society (IMBES) (2018 - Present)
  • Graduate Student Member, Association for Psychological Science (APS) (2016 - Present)
  • Graduate Student Member, Latino Caucus Member, Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) (2016 - Present)
  • Committee Co-Chair, American Psychological Association Division 45 Biennial Conference (2015 - 2016)
  • Graduate Student Member, American Educational Research Association (AERA) (2015 - Present)

Education & Certifications


  • MSc, First Class Honours, The University of St Andrews, Developmental & Comparative Psychology (2014)
  • BA, magna cum laude, Colorado College, Neuroscience (2012)

Stanford Advisors


All Publications


  • Improving the Replicability of Psychological Science Through Pedagogy Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science. Hawkins, R. X., Smith, E. N., Au, C., Arias, J. M., Catapano, R., Hermann, E., Keil, M., Lampinen, A., Raposo, S., Reynolds, J., Salehi, S., Salloum, J., Tan, J., Frank, M. C. 2018; 1 (1): 7-18

    View details for DOI 10.1177/2515245917740427

  • Restoring opportunity: The crisis of inequality and the challenge for American education (Book Review) HISPANIC JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES Book Review Authored by: Arias, J. 2015; 37 (4): 572–76