Our Team

Marjorie Rhodes

Website: http://www.psych.nyu.edu/rhodes
Email: marjorie dot rhodes at nyu dot edu
CV: click here

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
CV: click here

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.

Emily Foster Hanson

Email: emily dot fosterhanson at nyu dot edu

I am a PhD student in the lab. I am interested in how environmental input, such as certain types of language children hear or the culture they grow up in, shapes conceptual development and categorization. When I have time, I also enjoy doing edible science like fermenting sauerkraut.
Tara Mandalaywala

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 received my BA in Psychology from NYU and have experience in marketing and mental health. I hope to pursue a career in clinical psychology so I am very excited to be involved in research at the CDSC! I am interested in studying how early conceptual development and social interactions impact identity later on in life. I enjoy working with children, traveling and trying new things beyond my comfort zone.
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.
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!
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.
Anna Zhen

I am a senior at NYU majoring in psychology and double minoring in child adolescent mental health studies and sociology. I have worked with children in a school environment for years and I am very interested on how a child's family, school and surrounding social spheres can affect their development. In addition I am very interested in neuroscience and seek to learn more about the science behind the mechanisms of the brain. In my free time I enjoy playing tennis, biking and drinking a good cup of tea while chatting with friends and family.
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!
Zeina Alturk

I am currently a senior attending Hunter College majoring in Psychology and minoring in Sociology. I am interested in child mental health as well as child development. I am primarily interested in how social and emotional factors affect child development. In my free time I enjoy reading, writing, activism, and being with friends and family.


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