ISABEL HERRERA GUEVARA
Born and raised in Tijuana, B.C. Mexico, Isabel graduated from UC San Diego with a B.S. in Psychology with a Specialization in Cognitive Psychology and a Biology minor. At UCSD, Isabel worked as a research assistant at the Social Cognition and Learning Lab studying the development of social cognition in infancy. Isabel is interested in development of our social cognition. In her free time, Isabel enjoys watching shows, reading, petting her housemate’s cat, and walking by the beach!
DR. NADIA CHERNYAK
Lab Director/Principal Investigator
Dr. Chernyak is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cognitive Sciences at UC - Irvine and the director of the lab. She received her BA and PhD from Cornell University, and completed additional postdoctoral training at various universities in the Boston area, including Brown University, Harvard University, Boston University, and Boston College. Her work investigates the early roots of our social behavior. She is particularly interested in how we can use developmental data to better understand the cognitive building blocks of our understanding of equity, justice, fairness, equality, and social group cognition. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation's CAREER Award, her most recent work has focused on the cognitive and social predictors of our understanding of inequality.
Cassidy is a Cognitive Science PhD student working with Dr. Nadia Chernyak. Cassidy completed her M.A. in Developmental Psychology at Cornell University in 2021. She also completed her B.A. in Psychology at Cornell University in 2019.
Cassidy is interested in researching children’s moral cognition and the relationship between wealth and possibility. Cassidy is particularly interested in how cultural markers impact how children process and form decisions, specifically using an intersectional framework to pit cultural markers against each other. In her free time she enjoys playing with her nieces and nephews, drinking coffee, spending time with her cat, and playing Animal Crossing.
Jacky is a graduate student working with Dr. Nadia Chernyak. Jacky received her B.S. in Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and worked as a lab manager at the University of Chicago.
Jacky is interested in how children’s social environment shapes their beliefs and behaviors. In particular, she is interested in how children from different socioeconomic backgrounds explain concepts of equity, free will, and social mobility. In her free time, she likes to decompress by trying out new food and playing games.
Sharanya is a graduate student working with Dr. Nadia Chernyak. She received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Hyderabad, an M.A. in Applied Psychology with Specialization in Clinical Psychology from Tata Institue of Social Sciences, Mumbai, and an M.A. in Social Sciences (concentration - Psychology) from the University of Chicago.
Sharanya is interested in understanding how non-WEIRD contexts shape children's social cognition. She is interested in understanding how markers such as status and familiarity affect children's social preferences in multi-lingual and multi-cultural environments. Apart from research, Sharanya is an avid reader, loves watching the latest K-dramas, enjoys long walks, and listening to new music.
Jose Ramirez recently completed his B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. He is eager to gain experience and learn more about the cognitive development of children. Besides cognitive development, he is also interested in abnormal psychology and the treatment of mental disorders. In the future, he hopes to go on to graduate school after gaining experience in the field of developmental psychology.
Jessie is working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She is interested in neuropsychology, particularly conditions that can interfere with one’s social cognition. After graduating, she wants to continue her education at graduate school and study cognitive neuroscience. When she’s not busy, she likes to draw, play Animal Crossing, and spend time with her dogs.
RA & SURP Recipient/Social Media Coordinator
Kiana Gee is a fourth-year undergraduate student pursuing her Bachelors of Science in Cognitive Science. She enjoys studying developmental cognition and language acquisition, and she especially loves working with children. In the future she hopes to continue her work with children and further her studies in graduate school. During her free time, she enjoys listening to and playing music, drawing, and spending time with friends and family.
RA & SURP Recipient
Audrey Lagrisola is a fourth year undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She is interested in cognitive development and how nature vs. nurture plays a part in this process. In the future she hopes to further her understanding of people and the brain in graduate school. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, trying new foods, and napping.
Tati is an undergraduate student pursuing her B.S. in psychology. She is particularly interested in how childhood experiences and mental disorders may affect one's understanding of the social world. She loves working with children and is excited to learn more about cognitive science through a more hands-on approach. In her free time, she enjoys singing along to music, going on walks, and trying new foods :)
Elizabeth is a fourth-year undergraduate student pursuing a B.S. in Psychology. She plans to pursue her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and is interested in studying the development of prosocial behaviors along with the impacts of technology and social media. In her free time, she enjoys reading, baking, sewing, and spending time with friends :)
EVELYN RUI YING JIANG
Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Evelyn Jiang is a second year undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Sciences. She is particularly interested in developmental cognition and abnormal psychology, and loves working with children. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her dog, reading, and thrifting.
Kimberly Rodriguez is a fourth year undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She is interested in how children's environment plays a role in their mental health. She enjoys working with children and has been doing so for about two years. During her free time, she likes playing with her dogs, reading, and going to concerts.
VICTORIA MARTINEZ OROZCO
Victoria Martinez Orozco is an undergraduate student at UCI pursuing her Bachelor's of Science degree in Psychology. She is interested in studying child and adolescent development, specifically, decision making and language acquisition. Once she graduates, she hopes to pursue her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology and help children in underrepresented communities. In her free time she loves to go on walks, drink matcha, and laugh with her friends.
LANA ISABEL ABAD
Lana Isabel Abad is a second-year undergraduate student at UCI pursuing a B.S. in Psychology. She is interested in neuropsychology, particularly curious about the underpinnings of brain injuries and cognitive disorders. She hopes to conduct cross-cultural research in this field in the future. In her free time, she dances with UCI's Kaba Modern dance team, and enjoys crocheting, reading, and binging TV shows with her roommates.
MADISON KELLEY LEINGANG
Madison Leingang is a second-year Psych BS major. She is interested in the cognitive development of children and the intersection of psychology and law and has hopes of going to grad school. In her free time, she can be found reading, watching bad reality TV, or looking at pictures of her family dog.
ANGELICA MARIE LAZARO
I am a third-year undergraduate student at UCI pursuing my Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. I am particularly interested in Developmental Psychology and how one's environment and other social influences impact their life trajectories. I love working with children and in the future, I hope to pursue a career in helping children and adolescents from underrepresented population. In my free time, I like catching up with my friends and family, listening to music and watching pretty sunsets.
Mehak Goel is a third-year student pursuing a B.S. in Psychology. Her academic journey has been marked by a deep fascination with clinical psychology. With a passion for understanding the human mind and behavior, Mehak aspires to continue her studies in graduate school, where she hopes to make meaningful impact in the field. She spends her leisure time immersed in books, sketching, and painting.
Hi, my name is Ivy Elizabeth Wolfe, but you can call me Ivy Cat. I love to eat, play, run and jump! I really really love boxes and paper bags-they are the best! Also my life motto is “closed doors are really only opportunities to find ways to make them open doors, aka by scratching and meowing.
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Former Research Staff
Lucy Stowe (Lab Manager 2020 - 2022; now Ph.D. student in Developmental Psychology at UC Davis)
Sifana Sohail (Lab Manager 2018 - 2020; now: Ph.D. student in Developmental Psychology at Yale University)
Allegra Midgette (Postdoctoral Collaborator 2019-2021; now: Assistant Professor and ACES Fellow at Texas A&M)
Danyang Ma (Project Coordinator 2019 - 2022; now: Ph.D. student in Developmental Psychology at UC Riverside)
Taylor Ashqar (Project Coordinator 2019 - 2023; Master's student in Human Factors at CSU Long Beach)
Former Research Assistants