Isaac received his BA in Psychology from University of Kansas and his MA in Social Psychology and Program Evaluation from Claremont Graduate University. His research interests reside at the intersection of cultural and emotional processes. In particular, he is interested in how certain cultural dimensions (e.g., individualism-collectivism, religiosity) afford certain styles of relating to one's physical and social surroundings, as well as how these styles impact emotional experience, interpersonal processes, and wellbeing. For example, he is interested in the ways that some cultures afford a sense of connection with one's social and physical surroundings, whereas others afford a more ambivalent sense of separation from one's surroundings. These broad interests have manifested in two areas of research: Culturally-conscious research on stylesof relating to one's surroundings and proneness to specific emotions (e.g., guilt, shame, anxiety; Young, Razavi, Cohen, Yang, Alabernia-Segura, Sullivan, in press; Young, Sullivan, Palitsky, 2018) and historically-conscious research on the problems faced by individuals in contemporary, modern contexts. With respect to the latter type of research, he is particularly interested in the effects of individuals feeling like society is a theater play that they are performing in (i.e., the dramaturgical perspective; Sullivan, Landau, Young, Stewart, 2014). Most recently, he is conducting research on the consequences of dramaturgical perspective for phenomena such as adherence to gender expectations and wellbeing in occupational contexts (e.g., professional burnout).
Young, I.F., Razavi, P., Cohen, T. R., Yang, Q., Alabernia-Segura, M., Sullivan, D. (in press). A multidimensional approach to the relationship between individualism-collectivism and guilt and shame. Emotion.
Young, I.F., Sullivan, D., & Hamann, H. (in press). Abortions due to Zika virus versus fetal alcohol syndrome: An attribution model-based investigation of willingness to help. Stigma and Health.
Young, I.F, Sulivan, D., Stewart, S., & Palitsky, R. (2018) The existential approach to place: Consequences for emotional Experience. Journal of Enviornmental Psychology, 60, 100-109.
Sullivan, D., Landau, M. J., Young, I. F., & Stewart, S. A. (2014). The dramaturgical perspective in relation to self and culture. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 107(5), 767-790. doi:10.1037/a0037904