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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Email:
kristinareissolson (at) gmail (dot) com

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

Graduate Students

Elizabeth Ake Enright

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.

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akee (at) uw (dot) edu
Eric Gomez

Eric Gomez

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.

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emgomez (at) uw (dot) edu

Adriana Germano

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.

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agermano (at) uw (dot) edu
Lily Durwood

Lily Durwood

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

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

Bryn Bandt-Law

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

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 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.

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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.

Email:
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.

Elizabeth Abel

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.

Research Assistants

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

Our current research assistants include:
Sophia Robinson, Martina Khuran, Michelangelo Pegasus, Teresa Ngo, Jadrien Gonzales, Betty Wang, Krishna Lakhani, Wanchuan Pan, and Heather Pankratz.

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,  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 (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*]