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.
Peter Liebenson

Email: peter dot liebenson at nyu dot edu

Hi there! I'm the lab manager for the CDSC. I graduated from Swarthmore College with a double major in Psychology and Film & Media Studies, and I have experience in children's media, education, and psychology. I'm interested in what children understand about media, along with how media can best speak to children at different stages of development. I'm currently investigating how children take in new information and generalize it to a broader category. I'm deeply fond of Japanese green tea, old-timey pirates, and long-form improv.

Lisa Chalik

Email: lisa dot chalik at nyu dot edu
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I am currently a PhD student here in the lab. My research focuses on how children reason about various types of social interactions, especially with regard to moral cognition and social categorization. I am also particularly interested in the dynamics of parent-child conversations on these topics. When I'm not in the lab, I can usually be found baking, taking pictures, or exploring New York City.

Stephanie Chen

I am currently a Ph.D. student in the Cognition and Perception program in NYU's Psychology Department. I work with both Professor Marjorie Rhodes and Professor Gregory Murphy. My research mainly focuses on how adults and children use category information to make inferences or predictions. My work in the CDSC has examined what types of communicative cues influence children's category-based inferences. I am also interested in how children use traits and social categories to predict behavior. Before coming to NYU, I received my undergraduate degree in Psychology from Princeton University. I then worked in Boston as a business strategy consultant for biotech companies.
Nicole Graziano

I am a recent graduate from NYU, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies and Spanish. I currently manage projects for the lab. I enjoy working with children, and I am interested in how children develop both intellectually and socially. I hope to ultimately pursue a career in pediatric clinical psychology. In my free time, I like to cook, bake, work on DIY projects, and explore NYC.
Lydia Bianchi

I am currently a senior majoring in psychology with a minor in child & adolescent mental health. I love working with children, and am fascinated by how they learn and develop socially. Ultimately, I hope to work withchildren and young teenagers in a clinical setting to better understand abnormal development.
Max Stivers

I am currently a senior at NYU, pursuing a double major in Psychology and Philosophy with a minor in Creative Writing. At the lab, I'm involved in recruiting subjects, running projects, coding result data, and pretty much whatever else I have to do to help studies along. Outside of the social development we study in the lab, I'm very interested in clinical psychology, and I plan to go to graduate school to follow that interest before eventually becoming a child/adolescent psychotherapist.
Kathie Markowski

Hi! I'm a sophomore at NYU, interested in pursuing a future of working with kids. I've long been curious about children's development and behavior, and hope to begin a career in helping those who are struggling in their growth and maturation. So, I'm headed towards mental health and therapy, with hopes of traveling the world on the side! I love indulging in painting projects, reading outdoors on the grass, and going to all sorts of shows and exhibits in NYC.
Emily Foster Hanson

I am interested in conceptual development and how knowledge about categories affects learning. I graduated from Yale University in 2012, where I majored in Linguistics and did research investigating cognition and language. I hope to begin a Ph.D. program in Psychology in the fall of 2014. I am also a novice fermenter of sauerkraut.
Mia Lee

I am a senior majoring in Psychology with a minor in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Science at NYU. I'm from Middletown, NJ, where I spend time at the beach when I'm not in the big apple. I enjoy music, dance, and animals. I'm also a major foodie and spend lots of time exploring the variety of tastes that NYC has to offer. I'm interested in exploring how early experiences shape children's development. I am thankful to be working with such a great team, exploring a subject I love!

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