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.View CV
Email:kristinareissolson (at) gmail (dot) com
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.View CVView Website
Email:sgulgoz (at) uw (dot) edu
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.View CVView Website
Tabea received her B.Sc. in Sportcommunication and Sportmanagement from the German Sport University Cologne, her B.Sc. in Psychology at the FernUniversität in Hagen, and her M.Sc. in Psychology at the University of Cologne. She will receive her PhD at the University of Zurich, where she worked with Johannes Ullrich on intergroup contact and support for social change. As an incoming postdoc in the SCD lab, Tabea aims to explore (1) vulnerability and resilience 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, Tabea loves to travel the world, pursue outdoor activities like camping and sports, and meet people from various backgrounds.View CV
Email:thaess (at) uw (dot) edu
Elizabeth Ake Enright
Elizabeth Ake Enright is a 5th year graduate student working with Jessica A. Sommerville & Kristina R. Olson. 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.View CVView Website
Email:akee (at) uw (dot) edu
Eric Gomez is a 4th year graduate student working with Dr. Cheryl Kaiser and Dr. Kristina Olson. 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.View CV
Email:emgomez (at) uw (dot) edu
Adriana Germano is a 4th 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.View CV
Email:agermano (at) uw (dot) edu
Lily Durwood is a 3rd 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 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.View CV
Email:jglazier (at) uw (dot) edu
Bryn Bandt-Law is a first year graduate student. Bryn received her BA in psychology with honors from Claremont McKenna College. She worked as a lab manager at Princeton University for Eldar Shafir and Alin Coman before coming to UW. Her research interests include racial and class biases in the perceived impact of negative events and gender-based violence and how children and adults think about gender. Outside of the lab, Bryn enjoys mountain biking, climbing, and music.
Email:bryn.bandtlaw01 (at) gmail (dot) com
Project Coordinators & Research Staff
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.View CV
Email:alonsodj (at) uw (dot) edu
Kayla Lewis graduated 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.View CV
Email:kdlewis3 (at) uw (dot) edu
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.
Email:ndrao (at) uw (dot) edu
Honors & Independent Project Students
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 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.
Elizabeth is a junior majoring in psychology and classics. Her honors project looks at how people’s own gender and racial identities impact essentialist thinking and flexibility in reasoning about social categories. Outside of lab, Elizabeth enjoys drinking iced coffee, learning about Augustan Rome, and listening to Earth, Wind & Fire.
We are fortunate to have an amazing team of research assistants each quarter.
Our current research assistants include:
Sophia Robinson, Martina Khuran, Teresa Ngo, Jadrien Gonzales, Betty Wang, Heather Pankratz, Lani Regelbrugge, and Nikita Nerkar.
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, assistant professor at UC-Berkeley, Fall 2019)
- Anne A. Fast (former grad student, now faculty at Western Washington University)
- Charlie Blotner (former MSW research assistant, continuing MSW degree at the University of Washington)
Undergrad Research Assistants Getting Ph.Ds. or Faculty in the Field
These students include:
- Adam Hoffman (current postdoc at Michigan, Developmental Psychology)
- Hannah Schacter (current postdoc at USC, Developmental Psychology)
- Allycen Kurup (Purdue, Psychological Sciences)
- Arianne Eason (current Postdoc at Washington University in St. Louis, assistant professor at UC-Berkeley, Fall 2019)
- 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*]