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 Maya Al-Khouja

Maya Al-Khouja

Research student, School of Psychology

Tower Building, 70 Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT

Research summary

My area of focus consists of applying Self-Determination Theory to  researching prejudice and stigma in social settings.  Using Self-Determination Theory, we seek to  study human motivation both intrinsically and extrinsically with concepts of autonomy,  competence, and relatedness being major areas of importance.

Teaching summary

I am currently a PGT for autumn and spring Year-1  tutorials.

Undergraduate education

Illinois Institute of Technology, Psychology B.S.


Research Assistant, 2013 – 2017
National Consortium on Stigma and  Empowerment, Illinois Institute of Technology
Advisor: Dr. Patrick Corrigan

Research interests

Much of my undergraduate research focused on the stigma of mental  illness and suicide. For my postgraduate studies, I am using a social  psychology approach to study how prejudice and stigmatizing attitudes affect  basic psychological needs, which contributes to overall health and wellbeing.

Self-Determination Theory (SDT) is the framework we will be using for  our studies. With SDT, we have the opportunity to delve into the motivations  behind behaviours related to prejudice and stigma. These behaviours include,  but are not limited to, implicit and explicit stigma/prejudice, self-stigma  (internalization), associative stigma, reactance, and regulation.

Research group

Dr. Netta Weinstein


I am currently a PGT for autumn and spring Year-1  tutorials.