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. 


jennie (wen) Qu-LEE

Lab Manager

Jennie previously worked as a research assistant at the University of Chicago, where she received her master degree in social sciences. Her research interests expand from 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.


Robert     backer

Secondary Graduate Student

Robert is a PhD candidate 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.


We are currently accepting applications for up to two graduate student positions, to begin in Fall 2018. Applications are due December 15th, 2017! For more information about the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences' graduate program click here, or to begin the application process click here.

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

Lauren Davis

Devyn Di Meola

Aislinn DeSieghardt

Edoardo Frezza

Chris Gibbons

Grace Gleason

Nicole Kozak

Alex Klysa

Rachel Lawrence

Sarah Marek

Kelly Mariani

Leana Owens

Ellie Pittman

Dustin Prusisz

Paula Salvador

Danielle Schwartz

Cherry Tomatsu