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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 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.



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.

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Ian Davis

Research Assistant

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.

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Elizabeth Szanton
Research Assistant

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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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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Zoe Frazer-Klotz
Research Assistant

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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