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Cintia-Hinojosa
I’m a doctoral student in Behavioral Science program at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, working with Dr. Christopher J. Bryan at the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business. Much of my research focuses on leveraging desires for social justice, autonomy, and a prosocial purpose to motivate critical reflection on how invisible psychological, social, economic, and political forces shape behaviors.

I have a background in using psychological theory and human-centered design thinking methods to implement and evaluate intervention programs that consider how belief systems and contextual factors influence behavioral trajectories. I also use participatory action research methods to better incorporate the needs, wants, and lived experiences of groups at the center of current social problems into intervention designs. I am also interested in:

how people come to understand the structural forces that perpetuate racial disparities
how causal attributions of social problems influence public policy support
how to harness reactance against societal inequality to motivate individual and collective action towards social justice
how to break the limitations of the status quo by using collaborative, non-hierarchical organizational processes
how to center equity in diversity and inclusion initiatives to enact action-oriented structural and cultural changes that uplift underrepresented groups

As a scholar, I aim to help strengthen connections between academia and local communities through collaborative, community-based, action-oriented projects in an effort to improve accessibility to research, support community-building initiatives, and inform public policy solutions that better serve historically marginalized communities. As a first-generation citizen and college student with multiple intersecting identities that are underrepresented in higher education, I am always delighted to meet with any prospective students, community organization representatives, or others who are interested in talking about my research, educational journey, or future plans for collaborations.