I completed my PhD in social psychology at the University of Maryland in May 2018. In my dissertation, I aimed to identify personality traits that can predict unethical behavior. My PhD research also included various other projects on motivation, personality, and the psychology of terrorism. During my time as a PhD student, I served as the lab manager for the Motivated Cognition Lab at the University of Maryland. As a PhD student and lab manager, I gained extensive experience with project management, experimental design, quantitative and qualitative survey research, data analysis, and research communication. 

See my LinkedIn profile for more details about my work experience. See my ResearchGate and Google Scholar profiles for an overview of the publications that resulted from my PhD research.


Areas of Interest

  • Motivation, Cognition, Personality

Doctoral Programs

  • Social, Decision, and Organizational Sciences (SDOS)


  • PhD in Social & Organizational Psychology from University of Maryland (2018)
  • MS in Social & Organizational Psychology from University of Maryland (2016)
  • BA in Philosophy & Literature from St. John's College (2011)
Marina Chernikova
mchernik1 [at] gmail.com