Lab Director

Jennifer A. Richeson, Ph.D

Jennifer A. Richeson is the Philip R. Allen Professor of Psychology at Yale University and Director of the Social Perception and Communication Lab. She received a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Brown University, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in social psychology from Harvard University. Prior to joining the Yale faculty in 2016, she was the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of Psychology at Northwestern University, where she was also a Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Policy Research. Through her research and teaching, Professor Richeson hopes to identify ways to create cohesive environments that are also culturally diverse. When not in the lab, Professor Richeson likes to run around with her dog, Achilles, play word and card games, and comment on politics and current events.
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Post-Doctoral Associate

Ivuoma N. Onyeador, PhD

Ivy is a postdoctoral associate in the Social Perception and Communication Lab (SPCL). She earned her B.S. in Psychology with distinction from Yale University in 2011. Ivy served in the Yale University Chaplain’s Office as a Woodbridge Fellow before attending graduate school at UCLA, where she earned her Ph.D in 2017. Her research examines bias and responses to bias from dominant and subordinate group members. She is especially interested in modern manifestations of bias in organizations. In her free time she enjoys discussing current events and pop culture on the internet. 

Graduate Students

Natalie M. Daumeyer

Natalie is a Fourth year graduate student at Yale. She graduated in 2014 from Miami University with a B.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in Individualized Studies with a focus in Social Justice Issues: Power and Privilege in Society. Natalie’s research interests broadly fall under the umbrella of stereotyping, prejudice, and intergroup relations. she is interested in how people make sense of discrimination and inequality. Specifically, Her dissertation explores the consequences of attributing discrimination to implicit, compared to explicit, bias. When not in the lab, you can either find Natalie at the gym, watching Netflix, or cooking. 
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Julian M. Rucker

Julian is a Fourth year doctoral student at Yale. He is primarily interested in the relationship between lay perceptions of discrimination and subsequent support for efforts to address social inequality. Before coming to Yale, Julian earned a B.A. in Psychology at The University of Texas at Austin and received a M.A. in Psychology from Northwestern University. He served as a lab manager for the Mind & Identity in Context Lab at Indiana University before joining the SPCL. In his free time, he likes playing guitar and binging on documentaries and college football. 
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Xanni Brown

Xanni is a THird year doctoral student in the social psychology program. She graduated in 2014 with a B.A. in Social Studies from Harvard University, where she also worked in the Sidanius Intergroup Psychology Lab. Xanni’s research interests include intergroup relations, inequality, empathy, and political psychology. Her non-research interests include campaign finance reform, bicycle touring, and rugby.
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Ajua Duker

Ajua is a Third year doctoral student in the SPCL. Her interests include intergroup relations broadly, but she plans to examine cognitive, physiological, and behavioral responses of marginalized group members. She received her B.S. from Yale in 2015, and was the lab manager for the Socio-Cognitive Processes Lab under Professor Alin Coman at Princeton University for two years. She is also interested in moral psychology, social networks, and norms. In her free time, she enjoys ballet and contemporary dance, music, going to art museums, and taking long walks.
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Estée Rubien-Thomas

estée is a Fourth year ph.d. student in the neuroscience area of the psychology graduate program, working primarily with dr. bj casey.  she graduated from wesleyan university in 2013 with a major in neuroscience and behavior, after which she worked and learned neuroimaging techniques in the dystonia and motor control lab at the mount sinai medical center in new york city.  estée is interested in bridging social psychology and neuroscience to explore the neural circuitry underlying cognition and behavior during interracial encounters.  when not in lab, estée enjoys baking elaborate desserts and spending as much time as she can with the various dogs in her life! 
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Sa-kiera Hudson

Kiera is a sixth-year doctoral candidate in Social Psychology at Harvard University. She completed her BA in Biology and Psychology from Williams College, doing a thesis under the guidance of Dr. Jennifer Randall Crosby on subjective power’s role in predicting the desires of in-group and out-group members. After college, she spent two transformative years as a lab manager for Dr. Jenessa Shapiro in the Social Interaction and Social Stigma Lab at UCLA. Now at Harvard under the guidance of Dr. Jim Sidanius, Dr. Mahzarin Banaji, and Dr. Mina Cikara, she is interested in two broad questions: What are the psychological and biological roots of power hierarchies and how do these hierarchies intersect to influence experiences and perceptions?
In the Sidanius and Cikara Labs, she is interested in the psychological and biological underpinnings of social dominance by exploring the relationship between preferences for hierarchy (i.e. SDO) and testosterone levels as well as SDO and (counter-) empathy. In a separate line of work, she is examining how racial and gender hierarchies intersect as they relate to expressing and experiencing prejudice. In the Banaji lab, she is looking at the origins of social hierarchical perception by asking when and how children come to represent social categories of gender as social dominance hierarchies as well as the implicit representations of racial slurs. 
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Research Assistants

Evan Mingo

Evan is a first-year in Ezra Stiles College. He has served as a research assistant in the Social Perception and Communication Lab since SPring 2019. In His free time, Evan enjoys playing video games, reading opinion articles, watching movies, and late night conversations with his friends.

Joyce Wu

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Joyce Wu is a first-year in Branford College. It is her first semester serving as a research assistant in the Social Perception and Communication Lab as of Spring 2019. In her free time, she enjoys going on runs, grabbing coffee with friends, and reading. On campus, she is involved in various Asian American groups, including Negative Space and the Chinese American Student Association [CASA].




Former Postdoctoral Fellows

Michelle Rheinschmidt-Same, PhD (UC Berkeley), SPCL Postdoc (2014-16)

Shanette Porter, PhD 2010 (Cornell), SPCL Posdoc (2010-2012), Senior Research Analyst, University of Chicago Consortium on School Research

Evan Apfelbaum, PhD 2009 (Tufts) SPCL Postdoc (2009-2011), Associate Professor, Boston University

Mary Murphy, PhD 2007 (Stanford) SPCL Postdoc (2007-2009), Associate Professor, Indiana University, Bloomington

Former PhD Advisees

Dorainne J. Levy, PhD 2016; Postdoctoral Fellow, Indiana University

Maureen A. Craig, PhD 2014; Assistant Professor, New York University

Katie Rotella, PhD 2013; Johnson & Johnson, Inc.

Destiny Peery, JD/PhD 2012; Associate Professor, Northwestern Law School

Meghan Bean, PhD 2011

Sarah Johnson, PhD 2009

Sophie Trawalter, PhD 2006; Associate Professor, The University of Virginia