Yara Mekawi

Research Interests

My main lines of research focus on the perpetration and consequences of racial/ethnic discrimination and prejudice. In terms of perpetration, I study why and how individuals engage in intentional or unintentional prejudice (e.g., shooter biases, racial microaggressions). In terms of consequences, I am interested in how racial discrimination may lead to negative mental health outcomes for racial/ethnic minorities (e.g., anxiety, depression). In pursuing these research interests, I had the pleasure of working with Drs. Wendy Heller, Nathan Todd, Carla Hunter, and Helen Neville. 


University of Illinois at Chicago, BA, 2010

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, MA, 2014

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, PhD, 2019

Awards and Honors

2018    Psychology Department Diversity Award, UIUC

2017    Lee N. June Diversity Leader Award, UIUC

2017    Sarah C. Mangelsdorf Award for Outstanding Female Graduate Student, UIUC

2016    Frederick and Ruby Kanfer Award for Excellence in Research, UIUC

2014    Teachers Ranked as Outstanding, UIUC

2013    Teachers Ranked as Excellent, UIUC

2010    Sarah Madonna Kabbes Research Scholarship, UIC

2010    Nancy Hirschberg Memorial Prize for Undergraduate Excellence in Psychology, UIC

2010    Honors College Council Award, UIC

2010    Chancellors Student Service Leadership Award, UIC