Maya Al-Khouja

Research group:
Social Psychology
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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.

Selected publications (2014 onwards)


Full list of publications


Research topics and related papers

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

Undergraduate education

Illinois Institute of Technology, Psychology B.S.

Awards/External committees

Illinois Institute of Technology’s Research Day, 1st Place winner (2015)
Illinois Institute of Technology Student Research Award for participant support (2015-2016)
Abraham Lincoln Civic Engagement Award (2016)


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