Our Team

Marjorie Rhodes

Website: http://www.psych.nyu.edu/rhodes
Email: marjorie dot rhodes at nyu dot edu
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My research examines conceptual development and the development of social cognition. In conceptual development, my work focuses on categorization: How do children categorize different kinds of objects? Does category structure vary by domain? How do children use categories to guide their inferences and behavior? How does information about within-category variability influence individuals’ concepts? In the development of social cognition, my work examines how children categorize people, as well as the implications of social categories for children’s behavior, social inferences, and moral cognition.

Lisa Chalik

Email: lisa dot chalik at nyu dot edu
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I am a PhD student here in the lab. My research focuses on how young children use social categories to make inferences about other people's attitudes and behaviors. One primary question that my research asks is: How do young children incorporate social categories into their moral evaluations? By the preschool years, children expect that people hold special moral obligations toward their fellow social category members--I am currently investigating the developmental processes that might give rise to these beliefs. When I'm not in the lab, I can usually be found baking, taking pictures, or traveling.

Emily Foster-Hanson

Email: emily dot fosterhanson at nyu dot edu

As a graduate student in the lab, my research focuses on how category reasoning is shaped by cultural input. I am particularly interested in how the language we use to talk about things leads children to think about the world in different ways. When I have time, I enjoy hiking with my dog and spending time with my family and friends.
Tara Mandalaywala

Email: tmandalaywala at nyu dot edu
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I am currently a postdoctoral fellow in the CDSC. My research takes a comparative approach to investigating the effects of experience on the development of social cognition and behavior in human and non-human primates. After studying lemurs and monkeys in college and graduate school, my work in the CDSC will examine whether racial identity mediates acute stress responses to social categories in human children. In my free time, I love to travel and explore new places.
Kathryn Yee

I manage the general functioning of the lab and am involved in various projects here at the CDSC. After receiving my bachelor’s degree in psychology from NYU, I worked in marketing and later provided educational and mentoring services to at-risk populations. I am particularly interested our studies on prejudice, stereotyping and race as I hope to eventually research intervention programs that close achievement gaps and improve outcomes.
Elysia Choi

I am currently an undergraduate at NYU majoring in Psychology with a minor in Business. I have always loved working with children and am fascinated by the way they interact with each other and also learn new ideas. I hope to keep studying the development of children to the point where one day I could teach it. I love listening to music, doing yoga, and exploring new restaurants in NYC.
Elyana Feldman

I am currently an undergrad studying Psychology and Italian. I love engaging with children in both a formal and informal setting, be it as a preschool teacher or just a camp counselor. Seeing how children react to their surroundings and interact with other children has always interested me. I hope to be an adolescent psychologist for children with genetic and developmental disorders. My hobbies include skiing, cooking, travelling, camping, and listening to music!
Jennifer Kwong

I am currently an undergraduate at NYU majoring in Biology. I recently transferred from Boston University but have lived in New York all my life. I love working with kids and seeing how I can make a difference in their lives. I’m planning on minoring in child developmental psychology and am particularly interested in how children form ideas about the world solely based on the environment around them; it’s fascinating how babies are able to pick up so much around them. In my free time, I love playing the piano, swimming, skiing, and making new friends.
Gabrielle Ranger-Murdock

I am currently an undergraduate student at NYU studying Psychology. I am double minoring in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies and Poverty Studies. Through my years of working with children in multiple settings, I have developed a vast interest in their development. I am very interested in how children’s social development varies depending on their cultural differences and social experiences. In addition, I want to know why these experiences impact children differently later in life. I hope to pursue my Ph.D. in pediatric clinical psychology. I enjoy baking, dancing, and spending time with my family.
Faith Robinson

I am an undergraduate student at New York University, majoring in Global Public Health with a concentration in Health Science and a minor in Chemistry. I am extremely interested in exploring how psychological and social concepts of race intersect with physiological response in underserved communities. In the future, I hope to pursue an MD/PhD in Socio-Behavioral Sciences to better understand how race-based social constructs impact minority health. In my spare time I enjoy reading, painting, poetry and all things cheesecake.
Tatiana Lafleur

I am currently a graduating senior at Brooklyn College majoring in Psychology. I have always had a profound interest in the way people think, the manner in which they form concepts, and how the concepts they form influence their interactions with others. I believe that best way to look into this is to gain an understanding of how it all started. The way a child learns, reasons, and makes sense of others behavior is important because it is the foundation for how they may possibly think and react to others as adults. As an aspiring student affairs administrator, working with children now will allow me to attain some insight on how to work with them as adults in the future. Moreover, I am excited to be at the lab because I love working with children. In my spare time, I love playing with my puppy, listening to music, dancing, and spending time with my loved ones.
Christina Chu

I am currently an undergraduate majoring in Psychology with a minor in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies. I am interested in studying how children grow, develop, and come to understand the world in an environment neither their parents nor their peers have experienced, specifically how children straddling different cultures growing up to find their own identities, unique from their families and friends. In the future, I hope to work closely with children, youths and their families in exploring, advocating, and treating mental health issues. In my free time, I love drawing, music, comic books, and tackling DIY projects!
Marina Solomonova
Website: https://mssergeyevna.wordpress.com

I am a junior at CUNY's Hunter College and I am double majoring in Psychology and English Literature. I live in Brooklyn, NY although I am originally from Ukraine. I have always loved children and had an avid interest as to how they come to realize their moral understanding based on their intuition and exposure to the world. I am interested in further learning about the natural cognitive processes that allow children to justify their concepts of what is moral. Aside from my interest in Psychology, I occupy myself with traditional art such as drawing and painting, photography, and literature analysis.
Christine Tai

I am currently an undergraduate at NYU majoring in Psychology with a minor in Japanese and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies. I've always been fascinated with child development in social cognition and how they learn to understand the world around them; specifically, prejudice and stereotyping. In my free time, I like to watch broadway shows, bake, yoga, and travel
Taina Camacho

I recently graduated from Hunter College with a B.A in Psychology. I am currently in the midst of applying for graduate school with the intentions of going into clinical psychology or school psychology, particularly working with adolescents in a mental health setting. I am interested in learning more about the overall conceptual and social development of children as it will allow me a deeper understanding into the foundation of the adolescent mind as well as the fully matured. Aside from psychology my hobbies include video games, reading, painting, traveling and enjoying time with my daughter.
Emily Green

I am a graduate of NYU's Silver School of Social Work and have 3 years of experience working in psychiatric hospitals, providing clinical care to adolescents and young adults. I have a BA in Psychology from NYU and lots of hands-on experience working with kids of all ages. I will be helping out in the CDSC as a research assistant and am interested in exploring the development of social cognition in children, specifically how children develop social categories and constructs.
Rose Egan

I am an undergraduate at New York University, double majoring percussion performance and psychology. I began my work with children by interning with a music therapist at a The Children’s Institute in Pittsburgh. That began my interest in studying childhood development especially in kids who have suffered from a traumatic brain injury and are working to relearn many basic functions. In my free time I practice percussion, dog walk, nanny, and occasionally do soul cycle.


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