My program of research examines how group roles – those we assume for ourselves and those we project onto others – promote behaviors that conflict with sexual, physical, psychological, and societal needs. I explore the impacts of beliefs about men and women within the context of sexual behaviors, communication, and consent.  Additionally, I study the ambivalent attitudes people hold about those in the lowest echelons of the socioeconomic hierarchy, and that these conflicting beliefs inhibit support for social welfare programs that benefit the neediest in our society and the social structures in which we all live.