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Brandon Kinsler
Lab Associate

I graduated from Northeastern with a BS in Psychology in May 2020 and previously worked at Ohio State before joining the ISM Lab at Haverford. My research interests are in social and psychology, specifically I am interested in how social cognitions about race affect how individuals perceive and are perceived by the world. Besides research, I enjoy watching
movies, playing video games, and martial arts.

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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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Max Friedmann
Thesis Student

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 senior at Haverford, seeking to major in psychology. Outside of school, I enjoy basketball, cooking, and watching movies.

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Meghan Guberman
Thesis Student

I’m a senior 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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Naomi Gaber
Thesis Student

I am a psychology major at Bryn Mawr College who has always been interested in how social categories influence our perceptions of ourselves and others. Being at the intersection of multiple identities has shaped my worldview and it fascinated me to see how others were effected by a complex, constantly shifting social world. Working in the ISM lab gives me the opportunity to get hands on experience with the research process while answering questions I find pertinent to better understanding how social categories develop and how these in turn, influence the development of bias, stereotyping and prejudice. Outside of research I enjoy writing, drawing and playing tabletop rpgs.​​


Ellie Patton
Research Assistant

I am a psychology major and education minor, and I am very interested in the intersection between developmental psychology and its practical application in various child-focused settings. I have experience working with children of various ages in different environments, which has influenced my passion for working with children and better understanding how they interact with the world around them. Outside of school, I enjoy baking, cooking, hockey, and spending time with friends.

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Ally Landau
Thesis Student

I have worked with children for many years through coaching, summer camps, and student teaching, and I am planning on pursuing a career in elementary education. I have not done much previous work in a lab environment, but I am excited to work in Professor Lei’s lab and learn more about the research side of things. Understanding how children form their representations of the world and how these representations affect their behavior will be extremely useful in my interactions with children inside the classroom, and will help shape my teaching methods. I am currently a senior at Haverford and my major is Psychology. I am also on the women’s basketball team and track & field team at Haverford. 

Allison Cubell
Thesis Student


Matt Gusdorff
Research Assistant

I am majoring in computer science with minors in math and German. I have always wanted to seek out meaningful applications of computer science across other scientific fields, leading me to the ISM lab. Here, I've been able to help others create tools for psych studies and work on research which combines machine learning and facial perception. In my free time, I like to hang out with my two dogs, Suki and Kya, listen to music, play my guitars, and cheer on the Philly sports teams. Go Birds!


Olivia Aguirre
Research Assistant

I am majoring in Psychology with a minor in Educational Studies and Neuroscience. I have always been fascinated by how children develop and view their surroundings. I’m interested in the way in which humans are socialized and how that connects to their own positionality. This ISM lab allows me to continue investigating the intersection of two of my biggest academic interests. In my free time, I love to dance, watch movies with friends, and go to Trader Joe's.

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Norah Rivett
Research Assistant

I’m an undergraduate at Bryn Mawr College majoring in Psychology and concentrating in Peace, Justice, and Human Rights at Haverford College. I have always loved working with children and am excited to engage with young kids in a research setting. Children can teach us a lot about how social concepts manifest and are learned during childhood. I’m especially interested in how parents and communities shape children’s perceptions of the social world. When I’m not at the ISM Lab I enjoy reading fiction books, spending time outside, and watching Ted Lasso.


Kathryn Sutherland
Research Assistant

I am a psychology major at Bryn Mawr College, interested in developmental and clinical psychology. I love working with children, and through this have become interested in how they learn and perceive the world. In my free time, I like to create hyper-specific Spotify playlists and hug trees. 

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Bethany Rutkowski
Research Assistant

I am a psychology major at Bryn Mawr College, interested in developmental and clinical psychology. I love working with children, and through this have become interested in how they learn and perceive the world. In my free time, I like to create hyper-specific Spotify playlists and hug trees. 

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Briseida Martinez Herrera
Research Assistant

I am a Psychology major and Spanish minor at Haverford. I am fascinated with the socialization aspect of psychology and how that characterizes one’s personality and self development. I am further intrigued by the role that relationships, such as the nature, formation, and quality of relationships, play into one’s social psychology. In my free time, I enjoy binge watching shows or movies, playing video games, listening to music, and spending time with friends and family!


Sonia Singh
Research Assistant

I am a junior majoring in psychology and classical languages. I’m broadly interested in how children interpret race and gender, and I have experience in investigating how young children learn. At Haverford, I’m part of the South Asian Society and the admissions access and diversity initiatives team. I enjoy learning about etymologies, and I like going on walks and spending time with my dogs!


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

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