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Ryan Lei, Ph.D

Lab Director

I received my Ph.D in psychology from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL., and most recently did a postdoctoral fellowship at New York University. My research takes an intersectional approach at examining processes of stereotyping and prejudice. Specifically, I examine how social biases such as racism differ depending on other categories, such as gender (so, does anti-Black bias manifest in the same way for Black boys and Black girls). When not working, I love to watch Broadway shows and play with my dog Eirene.

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Peony Wong
Lab Manager

I graduated from Villanova with a MS in Psychology in May 2021 and worked at CHOP prior to becoming a lab manager at Haverford. My research interests are in clinical, social, and forensic psychology. More specifically, my thesis examined changes in self-concept clarity and symbolic self-completion while undergoing a threat to one's identity. Outside of research, I enjoy Netflixing, playing video games, and being a dog mom to Luna.

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Aaron Cohen
Thesis Student

After working with children aged 5-13 for several years in both a school and summer camp setting, I have developed a fascination with the development of social categories in the minds of children. I have always strived to become active in gaining an understanding of how the human mind perceives others. When not working, I enjoy playing soccer and singing in an a cappella group.

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Ian Davis
Thesis Student

My joint loves of people in all their idiosyncrasies and empirical research have led me to pursue a Psychology major, Statistics minor, and work with the Intersectionality in the Mind Lab while a Haverford student. I am very grateful to have the opportunity to contribute to research as essential to promoting welfare as understanding the development of stereotyping and prejudice. I am also fascinated by charity/non-profit/public program evaluation work. In my spare time, I can usually be found working on my musical chops or jogging/rollerblading on the nearest bike path.

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Elizabeth Szanton
Thesis Student

I love children of all ages, and have worked with kids from age one to age seventeen in a variety of roles. My academic background is in sociology and gender studies as well as psychology, and I'm curious about what different disciplines can contribute to our knowledge of children's socialization. I'm most interested in how kids assign themselves and others to gender and race categories, and in how to best support Queer, trans, and gender-nonconforming youth. In my free time, I love walking to music or swimming in lakes and rivers. I'm always looking for a good novel to read!

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Zoe Frazer-Klotz
Thesis Student

I am a senior psychology major and neuroscience and Global Asia double minor. I'm interested in studying neurodivergence and ASD, multiraical identity, and pretty much everything else about how the mind develops! In my free time, I enjoy singing, playing the ukulele, and hanging out with friends!

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Ravenel Davis
Thesis Student

I have always loved working with children (through babysitting experience as well as camp volunteering), but as a Psychology major at Haverford, I have recently gained a new fascination in how children engage with the social world. I am interested in how quickly children develop stereotypes and biases because of social influences, and so I am excited to continue learning about how different aspects of identity such as gender, race, and class can be studied from an intersectional approach. In my free time, I enjoy the outdoors and hiking, playing competitive field hockey, and spending time with friends.

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Alissa Vandenbark
Thesis Student

I have always loved working with children, and after beginning to study psychology I became even more fascinated with how they learn to understand and interact with the world. I am excited to continue learning about how children develop identities and stereotypes, and how we can use that knowledge to make the world a more equal place. I’m a senior psychology major at Haverford, with minors in Spanish and Political science, and I participate in choir and theater on campus. In my free time I like to read, hang out with friends, and sew!

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Owen Genko- Kamin
Research Assistant

I’ve always had a vested interest in the human mind and working with children. The ISM lab has allowed me to explore both of these interests. As a sophomore I haven’t declared my major yet, but I’m currently an intended psychology major with a minor in child and family studies. I hope to one day use this knowledge to become a child and family therapist. In my free time I love to camp, spend time with friends, and watch films.

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Ryan Trotter
Research Assistant

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Katy Cheng
Research Assistant

I’ve always had a vested interest in the human mind and working with children. The ISM lab has allowed me to explore both of these interests. As a sophomore I haven’t declared my major yet, but I’m currently an intended psychology major with a minor in child and family studies. I hope to one day use this knowledge to become a child and family therapist. In my free time I love to camp, spend time with friends, and watch films.

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Ava Panetto
Research Assistant

I started my undergrad experience generally interested in biology and have since shifted focus to an intersection of psychology and biology, neuroscience. In my time with the ISM lab, I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to investigate the emergence/maintenance of social groups in children while studying possible neurobiological underpinnings in an academic setting. (Giving stickers as compensation has been a highlight too.) While I’m not researching, I love fermenting foods and learning Italian.

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Famo Haji
Research Assistant

Having grown up with a lot of younger siblings and cousins, I’ve always enjoyed being witness to the crazy comments kids often make. I’m interested in learning about where such comments come from. Now I get to be a witness to how kids think and perceive the social world around them and just how quickly their able to pick up on the concept of social groups. In my free time I enjoy watching movies w friends and family, listening to music, and knitting.

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Max Friedmann
Research Assistant

Working with children of all ages through coaching and at camps has prompted me to notice many differences in how children interact with and understand their social worlds and the social identities of their peers. As a result, I've become very interested in how, why, and when children develop their own ways of understanding the social identities of others. I'm currently a sophomore at Haverford, seeking to major in psychology and minor in education. Outside of school, I enjoy basketball, cooking, and watching movies.

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Meghan Guberman
Research Assistant

I’m a sophomore psychology major and political science and child and family studies double minor. I’m interested in studying how children develop self concepts and understand the world around them, as well as how they develop stereotypes and prejudice. In my free time, I enjoy reading, baking, and spending time with friends.

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Nicole Li
Research Assistant

I plan to major in psychology and minor in philosophy or anthropology. Through these disciplines, I’m fascinated by how incredibly complex and pervasive the socialization process is. I’m interested in studying how people become socialized into having certain beliefs, ideals, and behaviors. When I’m free, I like to read, go on runs, and learn Kpop dances. I also like to watch my friends bake and consume their delicious products (luckily they still tolerate me).

Collaborators

Dr. Galen Bodenhausen, Northwestern University

Dr. Jennifer Richeson, Yale University

Dr. Marjorie Rhodes, New York University

Dr. Andrei Cimpian, New York University

Dr. Erin Cooley, Colgate University

Dr. Jazmin Brown-Iannuzzi, University of Virginia

Dr. Jeremy Cone, Williams College

Dr. William Cipolli, Colgate University

Dr. Lauren Philbrook, Colgate University

Dr. Kimberly Quinn, DePaul University

Dr. Brad Mattan, University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Tara Mandalaywala, University of Massachusetts,  Amherst

Dr. Michael Rizzo, New York University