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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Alana Tartaro

Lab Manager

After graduating from Haverford College in 2017, I spent two years working as a preschool teacher. Through my work with preschoolers, I gained an interest in how children process the world around them and develop bias. When not working, I like to spend time in nature and to play board games with my three roommates


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Christian Yun

Senior Thesis Student

 I'm excited to engage with research that investigates how children develop stereotypes and prejudices from an intersectional approach. My interest in the topic stems from my formative childhood experiences with prejudice and stereotypes. I enjoy listening to all types of music and skateboarding when I've got the time. 

Natalie Williams

Senior Thesis Student

After being a camp counselor for three years, I began to wonder how children develop opinions and how different factors shape how they interact with concepts in society. I am excited to work in a lab that explores topics like these, and considers race and gender as complex concepts. In my free time, I enjoy playing competitive tennis, reading, spending time with my friends and family, and watching a lot of T.V. shows.

Emily Saks

Senior Thesis Student

I'm a current senior at Bryn Mawr with an interest in political psychology and hopes of attending graduate school in psychology in the near future. I'm really interested in political ideologies and identity. I look forward to learning new skills and growing as a student and researcher during my time in the lab. Outside of the lab, I love singing and listening to music; watching television series and traveling.

Charlotte Scott

Senior Thesis Student

I'm a senior Comparative Literature and Psychology double major, and I love working with children and seeing their unique perspectives. I'm fascinated by issues of identity and culture, and I believe insights gained in the lab can have significant implications for social justice in the outside world. When I'm not doing academic work, I advocate for mental health with Active Minds, write, play music, and read everything I can get my hands on.

Josh Searle

Senior Thesis Student

I am a Psychology major at Haverford College with minors in Neuroscience and Theater. I took Developmental Psychology during my junior year and have since been interested in understanding how societal pressures of conformity shape the ways we think and behave from an early age. When I'm not poring over research articles for my thesis, I love performing improv comedy and cooking fancy meals for friends and family.

Sarah Blossom

Research Assistant

 I have always loved working with children and I am very excited to be involved in a lab where I can see how children think and analyze the world around them. In my free time I enjoy spending time with friends, reading, and listening to music.

Noha El Touhky

Research Assistant

After being a camp counselor in Egypt for many years, I acquired a love for children and an interest in child development. I am very interested in how children become accustomed to new cultures when they move to different countries at a young age, and especially how they might develop differently when they transition from living in a collectivist culture to living in an individualist culture. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with friends and dancing. 

Ravenel Davis

Research Assistant

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.


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

My love for trying to understand human behavior has led me to study psychology and Chinese language at Haverford College. While currently on academic leave, I am excited to use rigorous methodology to take a look at core questions of how we identify and how we are (or are not) seen by those around us. The hope of improving human welfare motivates me in my work and I am strongly interested in social science research application. In my free time, I can often be found rollerblading, jogging, and/or listening to podcasts like the 80,000 Hours Podcast and the Daily by the NYT.

Ian Davis

Research Assistant

Aaron Cohen

Research Assistant

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.