Lab Director

Peter received his BA from Columbia University, his PhD from Princeton University, and his postdoctoral training at NYU. When he isn't rooting for Minnesota sports teams or going on and on about how great the Upper West Side of Manhattan is, Peter takes a dynamic, multi-level approach to interactions between social perception, social cognition, and social identity. 



Lab Manager

Jingrun received her BA in Psychology from Boston College. Working as a research assistant in the lab of Dr. Liane Young, she developed her research interest in a multi-level approach to theory of mind, especially how it affects people’s decision-making. Jingrun is also interested in how pain perception is shaped by individual differences and cultural backgrounds. 


Graduate Student

Alexis is a doctoral student in psychology at the University of Delaware. She received her BA from Cal State Fullerton, where she researched how eyebrows contribute to face recognition. Her research interests focus on understanding intergroup conflict. She is always listening to a podcast and looking for new plants to nurture.


Graduate Student

Azaadeh is a doctoral student in psychology at the University of Delaware. She is interested social perception, specifically how group identities inform impression formation as well as the behavioral and structural consequences of these impressions. She is also interested in understanding how the perceptual and neural mechanisms underlying these behaviors may inform interventions aimed at mitigating social disparities among groups.

Robert backer

Secondary Graduate Student

Robert is a PhD student in psychology at University of Delaware, studying social neuroscience. His research interests are inspired by identity, as it interacts with dynamic psychological processes, having implications for wellbeing. He received his Master's in psychology from UPenn, and prior to his research career, ran a professional coaching practice spanning New York and Philadelphia.


Undergraduate Research Assistants


We have a truly fantastic team of talented undergraduate research assistants who work on various projects in the lab, with weekly duties ranging from creating new stimuli, to running behavioral participants, to assisting with data collection at the CBBI scanner next door. Right now, we're thrilled to have the following folks working with us:


Erika Burley

Amanda Campanaro

Cara Crosby

Lauren Davis

Aislinn DeSieghardt

Sloan Ferron

Edoardo Frezza

Chris Gibbons

Grace Gleason

Nicole Kozak

Alex Klysa

Abeer Jafil

Leana Owens

Dustin Prusisz

Paula Salvador

Danielle Schwartz

Cherry Tomatsu



jennie (wen) Qu-LEE

Jennie managed the Mende-Siedlecki lab from 2016 to 2018. She is currently a PhD student at NYU, where she works with Dr. Emily Balcetis. Jennie's research interests range from the psychological and neurocognitive mechanisms of impression forming to intergroup decision-making. She utilizes a multi-level approach and hopes to build long-lasting interventions to reduce prejudice.