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Associate Professor of Psychology

Lab Director

PhD, Stanford University

New York University
Department of Psychology
6 Washington Place, room 330
New York, NY 10003

Email: andrei.cimpian@nyu.edu

Phone: 212-998-3551

Lab Coordinator

Email: mpt298@nyu.edu

Molly is excited to join the team at CDL as lab coordinator and begin a career in research. Molly graduated from NYU with a degree in psychology and chemistry and spent a year and a half as an undergraduate research assistant at CDL, contributing to research and even doing a project of her own. She is interested in the effects of stereotyping in academic settings, as well as the social implications of gender representation in STEM fields. In her free time, Molly loves to read, do yoga, and cook delicious gluten free meals.

Lab Coordinator

Email: nt2190@nyu.edu

Natalie is a 2019 graduate from the University of Michigan with a degree in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience. She's excited to begin work at CDL as lab coordinator and continue exploring the complexity of children's development through the lab's research. Her past research focuses include children's understanding of consciousness and conceptualization of Theory of Mind in non-human subjects. Natalie hopes to broaden her understanding of children's self-perceptions and how they impact motivation in school and social behavior. Outside the lab, Natalie enjoys reading, writing, and watching movies.

Postdoctoral Fellow

PhD, University of Maryland (expected 2020)

Email: jg6314@nyu.edu

Jessica is interested in understanding the development of students’ achievement motivation and engagement. Her research has focused on three main areas: (1) how parents and teachers shape students’ motivational beliefs, values, and engagement in math and science at the middle and high school level; (2) how undergraduates' motivational beliefs and values predict their engagement in math and science courses and how later engagement may then predict their motivational beliefs and values; and (3) how high school and college students’ personality characteristics, such as grit, relate to their motivation, self-regulation, and achievement and whether grit’s relationship with achievement can be explained by other constructs.  She is excited to join the Cognitive Development Lab, where she is studying how we can help encourage young students' developing interest and ability beliefs in math and science.

Postdoctoral Fellow

PhD, Emory University

Email: jillian.lauer@nyu.edu

Jillian is interested in the origins of gender disparities in STEM achievement and interests. Her research has examined various aspects of spatial and mathematical development between infancy and adulthood, with a particular focus on gender-linked correlates of performance in these cognitive domains using behavioral, eye-tracking, and meta-analytic techniques. She is excited to be working with the Cognitive Development Lab, where she is studying the development of gender stereotypes, including those relevant to math achievement.

Graduate Student

Email: rachel.leshin@nyu.edu

Rachel graduated from Northwestern in 2015 with degrees in psychology and gender studies, and served as CDL's lab manager from 2016-2018. She's excited to be continuing on at NYU for her PhD! Rachel is primarily interested in the development of social bias and stereotyping; in CDL, her focus is on the developmental roots of gender disparities in political leadership. Outside of the lab, Rachel enjoys cooking (and eating), seeing shows, and capitalizing on NYU student discounts throughout the city.

(Primary advisor: Marjorie Rhodes)

Graduate Student

Email: vl845@nyu.edu

Vivian graduated from Wesleyan University with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and is excited to start her first year at CDL as a PhD student. She is interested in the overlap of different social identities in children and adults, the development of essentialist thought, as well as practical applications of strategies to reduce stereotyping and bias. Outside of lab, Vivian loves to bake desserts, eat desserts, and read fiction. 

Graduate Student

Email: melis.muradoglu@nyu.edu

Melis is interested in the cognitive underpinnings of essentialist thought and social behavior. She is also interested in explanatory processes and how they inform beliefs about social categories in children and adults.

Postdoctoral Fellow

PhD, Yale University

Email: andrea.vial@nyu.edu

Andrea is a social psychologist whose research seeks to illuminate the psychological underpinnings of gender disparities. Her work has examined various psychological processes whereby gender can impact workplace relations and career outcomes, such as the tendency to accommodate the preferences of other people—including their prejudices—even when we disagree with them, and the tendency to conflate leadership with masculinity. Andrea is interested in studying the development of gender stereotypes with the Cognitive Development Lab, and how they impact self-views and motivation in ways that produce and maintain gender disparities.

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