Katherine D. Kinzler, Ph.D.
PROFESSOR and CHAIR, DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY
Professor Kinzler’s research sits at the intersection of developmental and social psychology. Her work focuses on the origins of prejudice and ingroup/outgroup thinking, with an emphasis on understanding how language and accent mark social groups. She is also interested in cultural learning, food cognition and moral psychology.
Professor Kinzler joined the faculty of the University of Chicago Department of Psychology in 2008, as a Neubauer Family Assistant Professor. She spent 2015-2019 at Cornell University, where she was most recently the Chair of the Department of Psychology. She completed her B.A. at Yale in Cognitive Science, her Ph.D. at Harvard in Psychology, and she was a Fulbright Scholar at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the John Templeton Foundation. Her work has appeared regularly in the New York Times and other media outlets, and she was named a “Young Scientist,” one of 50 scientists under age 40 recognized by the World Economic Forum.
Gemma oversees the lab’s research projects, develops strategic partnerships, coordinates off-site collaborations and facilitates the work of our graduate and undergraduate researchers. Within the CECR, she unites the DSC Lab and the Developmental Investigations of Behavior and Strategy (DIBS) Lab led by Professor Alex Shaw. She has done psychology research at Trinity University and University of Washington, and worked in the mental health field for several years. Broadly, she is interested in studying children’s early perceptions of disability, the development of empathy, and the role of language development in identity formation. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Molly C. Gibian
SENIOR RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
Molly advises the lab’s research agenda, integrates systemic project management, writes regulatory documents and provides organizational guidance for the lab and the Center for Early Childhood Research. She has worked in neuroscience and psychology research for Wellesley College, M.I.T., Harvard Medical School, Boston University and Cornell University. Her research interests focus on societal/cultural influences on learning cognition, leadership ambition, identity formation and the development of value systems. In 2021, Molly is pursuing a graduate degree at Stanford University while continuing to support the lab. email: email@example.com
Isobel is a PhD student at the University of Chicago. Broadly, Isobel’s research asks how children think about social groups and their relations to one another. Current lines of work investigate the development of reasoning about group-based social hierarchies, gendered and racial attitudes about political leadership, the intergenerational transmission of sociopolitical attitudes, and children’s social learning from others’ nonverbal behaviors. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Radhika is a joint Ph.D. student in Psychology and Business. She is interested in children’s social cognition (e.g., children’s beliefs about nationality, gender, and language attitudes), as well as children’s judgment and decision-making abilities (e.g., negotiations, information avoidance, and heuristic judgments).
Kaila is a first-year Ph.D. student at the University of Chicago and is interested in the emergence of social group preferences and intergroup attitudes in children. She is particularly interested in the development of children’s conceptualization of race, ethnicity, and wealth and how they use these understandings to make decisions and form judgments about others. She is currently focused on how parents talk to their children about taboo topics such as race and wealth, and how this may influence children’s attitudes, judgments, and beliefs. email: email@example.com
Jessica is a Ph.D. student in the University of Chicago’s Developmental Psychology Programand a Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Fellow. She is co-advised by Dr. Katherine Kinzler and Dr. Susan Levine. Jessicagraduated in 2021 with a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Davis with Highest Honors. Broadly, Jessica’s interests include 1) understanding what shapes our conception of our cognitive abilities and how this influences our behaviors; 2) investigating how this knowledge can bolster interventions in education, industry, policy, and medical fields. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sanam is a visiting scholar at the Department of Psychology. She is pursuing her Ph.D. degree at Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad, Pakistan. Sanam is interested in contributing to a deeper understanding of psychosocial factors underlying Xenophobia, keeping in view the impact of self-uncertainty. Apart from this, she is exploring the types and levels of uncertainty that the millennials are experiencing and their potential outcomes in relationship to nationalism, personality traits, extremist propensity, and media discourses. Email: email@example.com
UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANTS
at the University of Chicago
We often have opportunities for new undergraduate research assistants. Please email Gemma Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org) for an application and more information.