Lab Director

Jennifer A. Richeson, PhD

Jennifer A. Richeson [she/her] 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 both an MA and PhD 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 & teaching, Professor Richeson Seeks to identify ways to create cohesive  environments that are also culturally diverse. outside of lab, professor richeson enjoys most word & card games and attempting new Fitness challenges, but would almost always rather be at the beach.
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Post-Doctoral Associate

Sa-Kiera Hudson, PhD

Dr. Hudson [she/her] is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the SPCL. She earned her PhD in Social Psychology at Harvard University, working with Jim Sidanius, Mahzarin Banaji, and Mina Cikara. After earning a BA In biology & Psychology from williams college, Dr. Hudson spent two transformative years as a lab manager for Jenessa Shapiro in the Social Interaction and Social Stigma Lab at UCLA. Dr. Hudson 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?
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Graduate Students

Natalie M. Daumeyer

Natalie [she/her] is a Fifth-year Doctoral candidate 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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Xanni Brown

Xanni [she/her] is a Fourth-year PhD candidate 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 [she/her] is a Fourth-year PhD candidate 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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E. Enya Kuo

Enya [she/her] is a first-year doctoral student in the SPCL, social psychology program and is broadly interested in intergroup relations and political psychology in racially diverse contexts. She received her B.A. in psychology and political science from UCLA in 2019. Enya enjoys paintball and comedy.
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Estée Rubien-Thomas

Estée [she/her] is a fifth-year phd candidate 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. estée is interested in bridging social psychology and neuroscience to explore cognition and behavior during interracial encounters. Her current work uses neuroimaging to understand impulsive behavior during intergroup interactions & how emotions impacts these behaviors. Outside of lab, Estée is a co-chair of the Yale Psychology Committee on Diversity and Inclusiveness and enjoys spending quality time with her four-legged friends.
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Natalie Wittlin

Natalie [she/her] is a sixth-year PhD candidate at Yale. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Barnard College in 2009, and prior to graduate school, she worked in the fields of public health and education. Natalie’s research explores beliefs about gender and sexual orientation, as well as how those beliefs relate to physical and mental health outcomes. She is particularly interested in appearance-related stereotypes of transgender and cisgender women and men. When not conducting research, Natalie enjoys doing crossword puzzles, crafting, and listening to NPR.
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Research Assistants

Andre Faria

Andre [he/him] is a rising senior from eastern Kentucky majoring in Psychology. He has served as a research assistant in the social perception and communication lab since Spring 2020. Outside the lab, Andre enjoys hanging out with his roommate, listening and making music, playing video games, and staying up way too late!

Chelsea Ilarde

Chelsea [she/her] is a senior in Davenport College majoring in Economics and Psychology. She has served as a research assistant in the Social Perception and Communication Lab since fall of 2018. Outside of the lab, you can find Chelsea hanging out with her frosh as a first-year counselor, doing her daily crossword puzzle, or making Spotify playlists for her friends.

Angela Yoo

Angela [she/her] is a senior in Davenport College majoring in Cognitive Science. She has served as a Research Assistant in the Social Perception and Communication Lab since Fall 2019, and is working with the lab on her thesis project on racial disparities in COVID-19. Outside of the lab, she’s passionate about human-centered design, mental health & wellness, and civic tech. In her free time, she enjoys journaling, reading memoirs, and dabbling in various crafts.

Valerie Akinyoyenu

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Valerie Akinyoyenu [she/her] is a junior in Berkeley College majoring in Cognitive Science and Sociology. She has served as a research assistant in the Social Perception and Communication Lab since Spring 2020. Outside of the lab, Valerie is involved with a cappella and works as a campus tour guide. In her free time, she enjoys discovering new music, reading, and game nights with friends.

EC Mingo

Evan (EC) is a junior in Ezra Stiles College double majoring in Psychology and Ethnicity, Race, and Migration. EC has served as Research Assistant in the Social Perception and Communication Lab since Spring 2019. Outside of the lab, EC is a House Staffer for the Native American Cultural Center, and the current President of Ichthys. EC is also involved with ANAAY and BlackOut. When EC is (rarely) not overcommitted, EC likes to read opinion articles, play video games, watch Disney, and talk with friends.

Andrew Sorota

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Andrew [he/him] is a junior in Pauli Murray College. He began working as a research assistant in the Social Perception and Communication Lab in Summer 2020. Outside of the lab, Andrew has served as the Chair of the Progressive Party and the Chief of Staff of SNAP PAC, and he volunteers as a GED tutor through the Yale Undergraduate Prison Project. In his free time, Andrew enjoys running, reading, curating playlists, and spending time with friends.




Former Postdoctoral Fellows

Ivuoma Onyeador, PhD (UCLA), SPCL Postdoc (2017-2020), Assistant Profesor, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

Michelle Rheinschmidt-Same, PhD (UC Berkeley), SPCL Postdoc (2014-2016)

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), Professor, Indiana University, Bloomington

Former PhD Advisees

Julian M. Rucker, PhD 2020; Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychology, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dorainne J. Levy, PhD 2016; Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Indiana University

Maureen A. Craig, PhD 2014; Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, 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 Batton School of Public Policy, University of Virginia