People

Director

Kristina Olson

Kristina Olson

Kristina Olson is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Washington and the director of the Social Cognitive Development Lab. She received her B.A. in psychology and African and African-American Studies from Washington University in 2003 and her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2008 before joining the faculty of Yale University. She moved to UW in 2013 where she studies early childhood social cognitive development and directs the TransYouth Project. She was the recipient of the 2018 Alan T. Waterman Award from the National Science Foundation, the 2016 Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformational Early Career Contributions from the Association for Psychological Science, and the 2015 Davida Teller Distinguished Faculty Mentor Award. Outside of the lab, Kristina is a foster parent and enjoys traveling, swimming, delicious food, and a good book.

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krolson (at) uw (dot) edu

Postdocs

Selin Gulgoz

Selin Gülgöz

Selin received her B.A. in Psychology at Koç University in Istanbul, and her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at the University of Michigan, where she worked with Dr. Susan Gelman on understanding children’s gender essentialism, and their developing concepts of social power. As a postdoc in SCD Lab, Selin’s research interests include (1) gender cognition (e.g., gender essentialism, gender schematization) in transgender, gender nonconforming and cisgender children, (2) cisgender children’s beliefs about transgender peers, and (3) children’s reasoning about power hierarchies between genders. When she’s not working, Selin likes to spend time with her husband and friends, read good fiction, listen to good music, and eat good food.

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sgulgoz (at) uw (dot) edu

Jennifer Rubin

Jennifer received her B.A. in Psychology and Gender Studies from University of California, Berkeley, and her M.A. in Sexuality Studies from San Francisco State University. She is currently finishing her Ph.D. in Psychology (Social and Personality) at the University of Michigan, where she worked with Dr. Terri Conley on examining how social environments shape people’s sexuality and gender. As an incoming postdoc in the SCD lab, Jennifer aims to explore (1) the development of attraction in transgender and gender nonconforming adolescents, and (2) the relationship between social support and mental health among transgender adolescents. In her time spent outside of the lab, Jennifer likes to refinish furniture, peruse antique shops, and cook with her spouse.

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Graduate Students

Anne Fast

Anne Fast

Annie earned a BA in Psychology from Providence College, where she conducted work on children’s reasoning about pretend play. As a 5th year in the SCD Lab, Annie primarily studies the motivations underlying children’s prosocial behavior. She has also conducted work on adults’ reasoning about intellectual property and transgender children’s gender cognition in the lab. Outside lab, Annie enjoys attending concerts and trying new restaurants in Seattle!

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afast (at) uw (dot) edu
Elizabeth Ake Enright

Elizabeth Ake Enright

Elizabeth received her bachelor’s degree from Ripon College where she majored in psychology and mathematics. She is currently interested in the origins of social status understanding, prosocial behavior, and moral development. Outside of lab, Elizabeth enjoys hiking and traveling.

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akee (at) uw (dot) edu
Eric Gomez

Eric Gomez

Eric received his BA with honors from Stanford University, where he worked as a lab manager for Greg Walton, Carol Dweck, and Geoff Cohen before coming to UW. His research interests include the statistical limitations and social consequences of using social demographic variables like gender as categorical moderators in research and the relationship between essentialism and prejudice. Outside of the lab, Eric enjoys running, film, and video games.

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emgomez (at) uw (dot) edu

Adriana Germano

Adriana Germano is a 3rd year graduate student working with Sapna Cheryan and Kristina Olson. Adriana earned her B.F.A. from the University of Florida and completed her post-baccalaureate studies in Psychology at Columbia University. In the SCD Lab, Adriana studies how children think about group diversity. When not in the lab, Adriana indulges in spinning classes and sampling Seattle’s delicious seafood.

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agermano (at) uw (dot) edu
Lily Durwood

Lily Durwood

Lily Durwood is a 2nd year grad student in the developmental and child clinical psychology programs, co-advised by Katie McLaughlin. She received her B.A. from Harvard University in psychology and women and gender studies. In the SCD lab, Lily examines gender development and mental health in transgender and gender nonconforming children.

Jessica Glazier

Jessica Glazier

Jessica Glazier is a 2nd year graduate student in the developmental and social psychology programs. She received her B.A. from Albion College and then worked as a Lab Manager at the University of Michigan before beginning at the SCD Lab. Her research examines attitudes toward gender nonconforming people and gender development in gender nonconforming children. In her time spent outside of the lab, Jessica enjoys reading and playing the clarinet.

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jglazier (at) uw (dot) edu
Charlie Blotner

Charlie Blotner

Charlie is pursuing a Master of Social Work, Health Practice at the University of Washington after earning a B.S. in Family & Human Development from Arizona State University. Their research interests are related to the long-term health outcomes of medical transition, as well as chronic illness, and their work with the TransYouth Project examines what makes parents decide to allow a social transition, and where parents’ initial sources of information to learn more about trans and gender nonconforming youth come from. Outside of the lab, Charlie can usually be found drinking coffee, listening to podcasts, and petting the nearest dog in sight.

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cblotner (at) uw (dot) edu

Project Coordinators & Research Staff

Daniel Alonso

Daniel Alonso

Daniel Alonso graduated from the University of Texas at Austin where he earned his B.A. in psychology. He is one of the project coordinators at the TransYouth Project and organizes data collection trips, supervises undergraduate research assistants, and assists with data collection. In his free time, Daniel likes to catch up on all his favorite TV shows and visit the various art museums in Seattle.

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alonsodj (at) uw (dot) edu
Kayla Lewis

Kayla Lewis

Kayla Lewis is graduating with a B.A in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In the Social Cognitive Development Lab she assists the TransYouth Project by developing protocols for research design, traveling on data collection trips, and supervising research assistants. When she’s not working in the lab Kayla can be found dancing, drawing or thrifting.

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kdlewis3 (at) uw (dot) edu

Nandana Rao

Nandana is a second year master’s student in public health at the University of Washington. Within the lab, she is involved in all things data, including cleaning and management. In her free time, Nandana enjoys hiking and going to concerts.

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ndrao (at) uw (dot) edu

Honors & Independent Project Students

Deja Edwards

Deja Edwards

Within the lab, Deja is working on an honors project that focuses on a more continuous measure of gender identity in children. As a medical anthropology and global health major, Deja plans to obtain her Ph.D. in epidemiology and pursue a career as a medical scientist. Outside of the lab, she enjoys playing guitar and traveling.

Grace Kim

Grace Kim is a senior in the Psychology and Sociology programs. Within the lab, she is mostly involved in data entry, calling, and running participants. In her free time, Grace enjoys baking and spending time with her family and friends.

Sanjana Ravi

Sanjana Ravi

Sanjana Ravi is a senior pursuing a double degree in Psychology and Early Childhood and Family Studies. She hopes to attend graduate school some day to earn a PhD in Clinical Psychology. Her honors thesis explores whether experiencing pleasure from social interactions is associated with young children’s prosocial behavior. In her free time, Sanjana enjoys doing pilates.

Bella Lee

Bella Lee

Bella Lee is majoring in Psychology and will be working as a program assistant for a UW/HIPRC program for high-school students interested in certain areas of science. Her thesis examines racial categorization and whether children associate race with different types of social status. Outside of lab, she spends her time drawing and painting.

Research Assistants

We are fortunate to have an amazing team of research assistants each quarter.

Our current research assistants include:
Grace Kim, Elaine Currie, Natalie Revollas, Megan Baffaro, Bea Taylor, Sophia Robinson, Martina Khuran, Michelangelo Pegasus, and Elizabeth Abel.

Alumni

Here is a list of our former grad students and postdocs and where they are now:

  • Alex Shaw (former grad student, now assistant professor at University of Chicago)
  • Alia Martin (former grad student, now professor at Victoria University of Wellington)
  • Kristi Leimgruber (former grad student, now a visiting faculty at Franklin & Marshall)
  • Vivian Li (former grad student, now at Procter & Gamble)
  • Anna Newheiser (former postdoc, now faculty at SUNY-Albany)
  • Sara Haga (former grad student/postdoc, now postdoc at University of Lisbon)
  • Allison Skinner (former post-doc, now a post-doc at Northwestern)
  • James Rae (former grad student, now post-doc at Oxford University)
  • Arianne Eason (former grad student now a post-doc at Washington University in St. Louis)
  • Anne A. Fast (former grad student, now faculty at Western Washington University)

Undergrad Research Assistants Getting Ph.Ds. or Faculty in the Field

These students include:

  • Adam Hoffman (UNC-Chapel Hill, Developmental Psychology)
  • Hannah Schacter (UCLA, Developmental Psychology)
  • Allycen Kurup (UT-Dallas, Psychological Sciences)
  • Arianne Eason (University of Washington, Social & Developmental Psychology)
  • Zoe Liberman (current faculty at University of California – Santa Barbara, Developmental Psychology)
  • Christian Hoyos (University of Chicago, Cognitive Psychology)
  • Kelly Reina (Arizona State University, Evolutionary Anthropology)
  • Brian Spitzer (NYU, Developmental Psychology)
  • Chonghui “Gabriella” Ji (University of Montana, Clinical Psychology)
  • Zuoyu “Zoey” Lu (Pennsylvania State University, Human Development and Family Studies)
  • Vanessa Calderon  (USC, Clinical Science)

[*if you are a lab alumnus and should be listed here, email Kristina*]