Wesleyan portrait of Ledina  Imami

Ledina Imami

Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology


BA University Mich Dearborn
MA Wayne State University
PHD Wayne State University

Ledina Imami

Dr. Imami's research tries to understand how constraints in pursuing one’s goals can influence affect, cognition, and physical health, particularly when these constraints stem from confrontations with poverty, inequality, or other forms of social disempowerment. Within this framework, she has examined how differences in socioeconomic status are connected to physical health and well-being through cognitive and affective processes. In a related line of work, Dr. Imami focuses on investigating the motivational consequences of perceiving oneself in a low-power or low-status position; the decisions that socioecnomically disadvantaged individuals make when facing challenges in the pursuit of important goals; and the implications of these processes for self-regulatory success. 

Dr. Imami completed her graduate studies at Wayne State University and conducted two years of postdoctoral work at Purdue University. Before coming to Wesleyan she taught at Wabash College. 

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Spring 2023
PSYC 260 - 01
Social Psychology

PSYC 313 - 01
Power, Status & Inequality