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Andrei Cimpian
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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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AndreiCimpian

Phone: +1-212-998-3551

Graduate Student

Sophie Arnold

Email: sa5850@nyu.edu

Sophie graduated from the University of Chicago in 2018 with degrees in Psychology and Economics before working as the Yale Social Cognitive Development Lab manager from 2018-2020. She is primarily interested in understanding the reasons behind the development of behaviors and preferences that lead to societal gender disparities like the wage gap. She is also interested in questions at the intersection of moral reasoning and group membership. Outside of the lab, Sophie enjoys playing cards, reading fiction and hiking.

Visiting Scholar

Eliana Avitzour

PhD candidate, Tel-Aviv University

Email: elianaa@mail.tau.ac.il

Eliana is interested in the psychological mechanisms that lead to gender-discriminatory behavior in STEM fields. Her research focuses on primary school teachers’ implicit and explicit gender stereotypes, on the different roles that each of them has in explaining gender-biased behavior, and on finding ways to reduce such biased behavior. 

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. April Bailey

PhD, Yale University

Email: ab9490@nyu.edu

In her research, April integrates social cognition with intergroup relations. Much of her work focuses on gender. In one line of work, she investigates the androcentric tendency to default to thinking of people as men. Her work also addresses other related gender and racial biases, intersectionality, person perception more generally, nonverbal behavior, moral psychology, and essentialism. In the Cognitive Development Lab, she is studying the development of androcentric bias in children and its consequences for children's psychological well-being and achievement.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Katharina (Kate) Block

PhD, The University of British Columbia

Email: kblock@nyu.edu

Kate is broadly interested in how stereotypes about the social groups we are members of (e.g., gender) influence how we think about ourselves (our self-concept). A key focus of Kate's work has been on understanding how cultural stereotypes shape men's communal values (i.e., how much do they value helping and caring?) and their participation in communal roles (are they interested in becoming nurses, social workers, or teachers? do they want to participate in childcare?). In the Cognitive Development Lab, Kate is trying to understand how and when children learn stereotypes that link communion to femininity, and how learning these stereotypes might affect boys' and girls' social functioning and career aspirations.

Visiting Scholar

Dr. Mark Bowker

PhD, University of St. Andrews

Email: markalanbowker@gmail.com

Mark is a philosopher by training, working on issues at the intersection of philosophy of mind/language and psychology. He is particularly interested in the connection between language, stereotypes, and prejudice, as well as the relation between philosophical and psychological descriptions of mind and language.

Lab Coordinator

Natalie Hutchins

Email: natalie.hutchins@nyu.edu

Natalie is a 2020 graduate from Franklin & Marshall College with a degree in psychology. Her prior research interests focused on differences in social learning and attention between typically developing children and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Natalie hopes to learn more about gender stereotyping across development in her time at CDL. In her free time, Natalie enjoys playing board games, reading, and being outside.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Jillian Lauer

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

Rachel Leshin

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. 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

Vivian Liu

Email: vl845@nyu.edu

Vivian graduated from Wesleyan University with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. 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

Melis Muradoglu

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.

Lab Coordinator

Natalie Toomajian

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 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.


Lab Alumni

Former Postdoctoral Fellow (2016-2019)

Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Georgia

Former PhD Student (graduated 2017)

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, The University of Chicago

Dr. Eleanor (Ellie) Chestnut

Former Postdoctoral Fellow (2017-2018)

Product Manager, Textio

Dr. Jessica Gladstone

Former Postdoctoral Fellow (2019-2021)

Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Education, Virginia Commonwealth University

Former Postdoctoral Fellow (2015-2016)

Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor), School of Psychology, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Former PhD Student (graduated 2017)

Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Psychology, School of Philosophy, Psychology & Language Sciences, University of Edinburgh

Dr. Larisa Hussak

Former PhD Student (graduated 2017)

Director, Strategic Research, EAB

Jilana Jaxon

Former PhD Student (2017-2019)

Master's student, Mental Health Counseling, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Former Postdoctoral Fellow (2017-2019)

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Haverford College

Dr. Erika Salomon

Former PhD Student (graduated 2016)

Lead Data Scientist, eSpark Learning

Former PhD Student (graduated 2018)

Teaching Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Denver

Dr. Shelbie Sutherland

Former PhD Student (graduated 2016)

Associate, BEworks (Toronto)

Molly Tallberg

Former Lab Coordinator (2018-2020)

PhD student, The University of Chicago

Dr. Christina Tworek

Former PhD Student (graduated 2017)

Director, Strategic Solutions Methodology & Advanced Analytics, Gerson Lehrman Group, Inc.

Dr. Jussi Valtonen

Former Postdoctoral Fellow (2017-2019)

Researcher, Department of Psychology and Logopedics, University of Helsinki, Finland

Former Postdoctoral Fellow (2018-2020)

Assistant Professor of Psychology, New York University Abu Dhabi