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 are diverse, but tend to revolve around the ways that modern individuals cope with threats to their wellbeing or others around them. His MA’s work focused on perceptions of victims and how people attribute blame to both victims and perpetrators. Currently, his main line of research involves the relation between culture and levels of reflexivity. In particular, he’s interested in how cultures afford reflexive worldviews, such as the view that social reality is a play or game (the dramaturgical perspective). In addition to the cultural underpinnings of these reflexive worldviews, he’s interested in their consequences (e.g., adherence to cultural scripts and individuals' psychological wellbeing and resilience).
Young, I. F., Sullivan, D., & Palitsky, R. (In press). Applying terror management theory to art, film, and media: A theoretical and empirical review. In Vess, M., & Routledge, C. (Eds.), Handbook of terror management theory.
Young, I. F., & Sullivan, D. (2016). Competitive victimhood: A review of the theoretical and empirical literature. Current Opinion in Psychology, 11, 30-34.
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