Doctor of Psychological Sciences, Associate Professor at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences. Her major research interests are: social identities, stigma and coping, moral judgment and religious attitudes. In 2006-2011 she received research and academic scholarships at the Universities of Columbia (USA), Berkeley (USA) and Leuven (Belgium). For her research “Concealable and Vivid Stigma in Social Minority Groups” she was awarded by Presidential grant for young Scientists (Georgian National Science Foundation). She is a principle investigator of research Projects funded by Academic Swiss Caucasus Network (ASCN) and Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI). Dr. Mestvirishvili is an author of several international conference papers, book chapters and journal articles.