Primary Investigator

Cynthia Levine (she/her) is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Princeton University and her Ph.D. in social psychology from Stanford University. She also completed postdoctoral training in health psychology at Northwestern University. Dr. Levine’s research focuses on how the sociocultural context shapes health and well-being.  Outside of the lab, she enjoys cooking, running, drinking good coffee, and exploring Seattle.

Graduate Students

Doris Dai is a fourth year graduate student working with Dr. Stephanie Fryberg and Dr. Cynthia Levine.  

Kim Bourne (she/her/hers) is a third year Ph.D. student in the social area. She received her BA in Psychology and Spanish from Colby College in 2016. After graduation she took a year-long lab manager position in the West Interpersonal Lab at New York University, directed by Tessa West, Ph.D. She then spent two years working as a lab manager for the Davidson Intergroup Studies Lab at Davidson College, directed by Jessica Good, Ph.D.  Her research interests are broadly centered around the social, behavioral and health implications of diversity and inequality for both advantaged and disadvantaged groups. Outside of the lab she enjoys running, skiing, cooking, and exploring Seattle and the greater Seattle area.

Rachel Song (she/her) is a first year Ph.D. student in social psychology. Her current research looks at how social institutions talk about diversity, and how race and social class shape the way that people construct and experience their neighborhoods. She is particularly interested in taking a cultural psychology approach to mobilize collective action and alleviate disparities in housing and health. Prior to starting grad school, she was a lab manager at Stanford SPARQ and received her BA from Pomona College.

Lab Managers

Oliver Yan (he/him) graduated from University of Washington in 2020 with a BS in psychology. He is interested in how masculine defaults would influence people’s performance in workplaces and schools. Oliver plans to attend NYU and obtain a Master degree in social psychology. Outside of the lab, he enjoys playing board games, drinking boba, and spending time with friends.

Research Assistants

Lily He

Quinn Russell

Tianque Gao

Lab Alumni

Jasmine Lee is currently a senior majoring in psychology and sociology. She is interested in topics such as cross-cultural differences in intervention and treatment programs for depression and suicide. Jasmine plans to attend graduate school and obtain a PhD in psychology. Outside of school, Jasmine enjoys drawing and is actively involved in several student groups and her college ministry on campus.

Liza Moore is a junior majoring in Psychology and Gender, Women, Sexuality Studies. She is interested in how social identities influence treatment in the workplace or other professional environments. She is interested in receiving her PhD in a field related to Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Outside of school Liza loves listening to psychology podcasts and scrapbooking.

Helen Chang is a senior majoring in Psychology and Photomedia. She is interested in the mental processes within the society that people use to justify their behaviors, make decisions and interact in the world. After graduation, she intends to explore the possibilities of overlapping the disciplines of psychology and art, potentially by attending graduate school in either fields. Outside of school, she enjoys traveling and enriching her perspectives with different cultures to better understand the diversity of the world.

Kat Ramus is a junior majoring in Psychology and minoring in nutrition. She is interested in exploring multi-cultural interventions and treatments to patients with ADHD that are comorbid with other disorders like eating and substance abused disorders. After graduation, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. Outside of the lab she is the president of her sorority on campus and is an avid salsa and bachata dancer.

Ardini Batrisyia is currently a Senior in Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. Dini is interested in how culture can shape our perception in receiving treatment for childhood sexual abuse trauma. She plans to gain knowledge in research in cultural psychology and helping Malaysia in creating a safe environment and providing justice for victims of child sexual abuse. Besides psychology research, Dini likes to watch Korean dramas in her free time. Her goal is to be able to watch Korean dramas without subtitle so she is taking Korean classes at UW.

Morgan Bryson is a Junior at the University of Washington, majoring in psychology with a minor
in education, learning, and societies. She is mainly interested in increasing mental healthcare
within the education system and preventing/combating mental illness in children. After
completing her undergraduate degree, Morgan plans to pursue her Ph.D. in a facet of the
psychology field. Besides research, she enjoys dancing at the University and is a proud member
of Stage Notes, a student-run musical theatre RSO on campus.

Bella Liu is a Senior Majoring in Psychology at the University of Washington. She is interested in the dynamic interplay between nature and nurture, and how psychological experiences could induce biological changes in humans. After graduation, she plans to get her Master and PHD in psychology and eventually go into research. She enjoys watching movies and traveling.

Vy Nguyen is currently a senior majoring in Psychology at the University of Washington. She is interested in how social stigmas and perspectives surrounding mental illness differs for POC and immigrants, as well as how that might translate into institutional settings. She one day hopes to attend graduate school to become a clinical psychologist in order to provide support, and to spread awareness, for Asian American adolescents and adults. Outside of school, she competes in dance battles in the street dance community. She also creates dance battle events for the community that focuses on ending isolation and mental health.

Emily White is currently a senior pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology at the University of Washington. After graduation, she plans on attending PA school and obtaining a Master of Medical Science—Physician Assistant Studies. She is interested in research regarding health disparities among different demographics and how to address issues of biases within the health care system. Outside of school she enjoys exploring new restaurants and coffee shops, spending time with friends, and rooting on our UW huskies!

Amy Kawatani

Emma Mirhashemi

Emma Leppo

Hannah Murray