The Development of Social Cognition Laboratory    

at The University of Chicago

 

 

LAB ALUMNI

Former Ph.D. students and Postdocs

Rajen Anderson, Ph.D.

Ph.D. student at Cornell University from 2014-2021 advised by Dr. David Pizarro and Dr. Kinzler. Currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Kellogg School of Management.

Dr. Anderson’s research interests include moral cognition, political attitudes and ideology, and group thinking. His work examines how people, as social beings, attempt to navigate and predict their world while keeping in mind their moral and political attitudes. He takes a multi-method approach to answering these questions, employing experimental, developmental, and field methods and designs. email: raa255@cornell.edu, website: www.rajenanderson.net

Jessica Bregant, J.D. Ph.D.

Ph.D. student at the University of Chicago from 2013-2018, the Joint Program in Business
and Psychology advised by Dr. Kinzler, Dr. Eugene Caruso & Dr. Alex Shaw.
Currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at Indiana University School of Law.

Research interests include cross-disciplinary approaches to understanding intuitive legal judgments, especially judgments and attitudes about punishment. email: jessica.bregant@gmail.com, website: https://jessicabregant.com

Zoe Liberman, Ph.D.

Ph.D. student at the University of Chicago from 2011-2016 advised by Dr. Kinzler and Dr. Amanda Woodward. Currently an Assistant Professor at UC Santa Barbara. 

Dr. Liberman’s current research falls under two broad categories. First, she is interested in how infants understand our complex social world: what makes an infant think that two people are likely to be in the same social category? Second, she studies how differences in social experiences, specifically regular exposure to multiple languages, influences how infants, children and adults perform on tasks that require effective communication. email: zoe.liberman@psych.ucsb.edu, website: https://liberman.psych.ucsb.edu/people/zoe-liberman

Jasmine DeJesus, Ph.D.

Ph.D. student at the University of Chicago from 2009-2015 advised by Dr. Kinzler. Currently an Assistant Professor at University of North Carolina – Greensboro. 

Dr. DeJesus’ research broadly investigates the development of social cognition, with a special interest in examining children’s social reasoning in the context of food. She examines questions about social learning and cultural group membership and considers the implications of basic research for pressing public health issues. email: jmdejes2@uncg.edu, website: https://www.devculturehealth.com/

Samantha Fan, Ph.D.

Ph.D. student at the University of Chicago from 2009-2015 advised by Dr. Kinzler. Currently the Assistant Director of MAPSS and Associate Instructional Professor at the University of Chicago

Dr. Fan advises MAPSS students on lab placements, course selections, faculty advisors, and MA thesis projects. Samatha’s primary research interest stems from a personal belief that culture plays a pivotal role in the development of self. She is also interested in the malleability of human prejudice. email: sfan@uchicago.edu, website: https://mapss.uchicago.edu/directory/samantha-peishan-fan-0

Sarah Gaither, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Chicago from 2014-2015 with Dr. Kinzler. Currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University.

Dr. Gaither’s research focuses broadly on how a person’s social identities and experiences across the lifespan motivate their social perceptions and behaviors in diverse settings. More specifically, she studies how contact with diverse others shapes social interactions, how having multiple social identities and malleable social identities affects different types of behavior and categorizations of others, and what contexts shape the development of social perceptions and biases from childhood through adulthood. email: sarah.gaither@duke.edu, website: Duke Identity & Diversity Lab

Kathleen (Casey) Sullivan, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Chicago from 2012-2014 with Dr. Kinzler. Currently a Social Science Analyst at the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Department of Health and Human Services.

Dr. Sullivan’s research in early cognitive and social development has focused on the concepts and processes that infants and children use to navigate the social world. 

Jocelyn Dautel, Ph.D.

Ph.D. student at the University of Chicago from 2008-2013 advised by Dr. Kinzler. Currently  a Lecturer at Queen’s University, Belfast.

Dr. Dautel is interested in how children navigate their social worlds, especially when they are divided. Her research investigates the development of social categories (e.g. language, religion, nationality) across cultural contexts, finding that variation in children’s cultural and historical context, exposure to diversity, family socialization, and perceptions of intergroup conflict, can all influence social and moral cognition and behavior. email: Jocelyn.Dautel@qub.ac.uk, website: https://pure.qub.ac.uk/en/persons/jocelyn-dautel

Nicole Baltazar, Ph.D.

Ph.D. student at the University of Chicago from 2009-2012 advised by Dr. Kinzler. Currently a Senior User Experience Researcher at Google. Nicole’s research focused on how social cues influence face perception and memory in early childhood. email: nicolecbaltazar@gmail.com