Steven O. Roberts
Steven Roberts is an assistant professor of psychology and the director of the Social Concepts Lab. He received his A.A. in Liberal Arts from the Borough of Manhattan Community College, B.S. in Applied Psychology from New York University, and M.S. and Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Michigan. Steven is interested in identifying and dismantling the psychological bases of racial inequality. When he was younger he wanted to be many things, including, but not limited to, archaeologist, baker, lawyer, soldier, battle rapper. His favorite movies are about the underdog: GattacaDjango UnchainedMalcolm XShawshank Redemption, and Mortal Kombat I
Claude  Steele
Claude Steele is a professor of psychology and a co-director of the Social Concepts Lab. Claude received his B.A. in psychology from Hiram College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology from the Ohio State University. Claude is best known for his work on stereotype threat, self-affirmation, and the role of self-regulation in addictive behaviors. When he was a child, Claude wanted to be a writer which meant being a novelist—Baldwin, Ellison, Wright, were all inspirations—but psychology took over in college. It’s always been hard for Claude to pick a favorite movie. Through high school it would probably have been a sports movie. In college though it would have been Black Orpheus.


Graduate Students

Sakaria "Sai" Laisene Auelua-Toomey

Sai is a multiracial Samoan who was born and raised in Honolulu. He received his A.A. in Liberal Arts from the Honolulu Community College and his B.A in Psychology and Communicology from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. Sai is currently serving in the Air Force National Guard. Sai is a PhD student in the Department of Psychology. He is interested in how individuals’ identities influence their behavior and decisions in social, academic, and professional settings. When he was a kid, Sai wanted to be a famous actor. His favorite movie right now is Tenet.

Current research: I am currently interested in how identity meta-perceptions influence behavior and decisions in social, academic, and professional settings.

Elizabeth  Mortenson

Elizabeth studied journalism at the UW and psychology at Pitt. She's interested in the assumptions we make, especially on the basis of our racial identities. We have only one experiential frame on which to build our intuitions, values and judgments. Given this inherently limited perspective, why do we so often feel certain that we’re being objective? How can we be so sure that we're right? Elizabeth likes Parks and Recreation.

Nicky Sullivan

Nicky is a PhD student in the Department of Psychology. He grew up in a small town in rural New Hampshire before coming to Stanford for undergrad. This change from a mostly homogenous environment to an extremely diverse one sparked his interest in how children learn about social categories like race and gender. His research focuses on this topic, as well as broader questions about how children and adults understand power and hierarchy. After two years working at UC San Diego, he's excited to be back on the Farm. As a kid, he wanted to be a baseball player, but quickly realized that an inability to hit a baseball was probably a dealbreaker. His favorite movie is Good Will Hunting.

Current research: My current research explores how children in the US learn and think about race, especially in the context of how White children learn about race from their parents.

Undergraduate Students

Micayla Bozeman

Micayla is from Michigan. She is planning to major in Political Science with a minor in Psychology. She is passionate about understanding how race impacts in-group favoritism and implicit biases, which can then affect laws and policies made by politicians to disproportionally benefit certain races over others. Micayla loves traveling to new places, playing with her niece and nephews, watching Netflix documentaries, and trying new foods. When she was little, she wanted to be a mother of 8, a teacher, a lawyer, and a princess (all at the same time, of course). Her favorite movie is John Q.

Shirley  Ferrara Frame
Shirley is an undergraduate from The Middle of Nowhere near Eureka, California. She plans to major in Psychology with a specialization in Mind, Culture, and Society and minors in Spanish and Education. She is passionate about public service, social justice, and racial equity, and she hopes to use developmental psychology research to better understand and address the origins of racism in children. During her free time, you’ll most likely find her doing some form of art, listening to music, spending time in nature, or watching Marvel with her younger brother. One of her favorite movies is La Jaula de Oro
Roberta Gonzalez Marquez

Roberta was born in Monterrey, Mexico and grew up in Austin, Texas. She plans to major in psychology and minor in creative writing, with a particular interest in the social concept of citizenship and in counseling psychology. Most of her free time is spent reading, doodling, and long-distance running! Her favorite movies/TV usually have unconventional timelines, like The Handmaiden and Westworld.

Meley  Habtegiorgis

Meley is studying psychology and creative writing. She is interested in social and cultural psychology. In her spare time, she enjoys watching sitcoms, writing, and reading short stories. One of her favorite movie is Kill Bill Vol. I.

Temi Ilerioluwa Adeyemo

Temi is from Ibadan, Nigeria, and moved to the United States when he was 12. He is an undergraduate student planning to major in Human Biology with a concentration in Public Health. He is passionate about social justice, racial equity, public health research, and medicine. He hopes to learn and apply social psychological research methods to better understand American Prison-Industrial Complex. In his free time, Temi enjoys cooking, bike riding, watching Manchester United win football (not soccer) matches, and writing poetry. His favorite movie changes by the day but he just watched The King of Staten Island and ugly cried.

Rylee  Jackson

Rylee is from Western Massachusetts. She is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Political Science. She loves working with and learning about children, especially through working at Bing Nursery School and the Social Concepts Lab. She is passionate about child and adolescent clinical psychology as well as working to minimize the oppression of marginalized groups from a developmental perspective. In her free time, Rylee enjoys dancing, listening to music (almost any genre), watching musicals, socializing with friends, and taking naps. Her favorite movie is Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Matt Mettias

Matt Mettias was born and raised in Hawai’i (Oahu). He particularly enjoys interdisciplinary learning in both creative and STEM fields. Within psychology, he is interested in neuroeconomics, behavioral science, and organizational psychology. In his free time, Matt enjoys learning philosophy, phrases from new languages, (attempting to) play stringed instruments, and writing about himself in the third person. His favorite movie is Ratatouille.

Sofia Analise Portillo

Sofia is studying psychology and is interested in how we form beliefs about food, race, and identity, particularly among mixed ethnicity and second-generation individuals. Having worked with children for several years, she is particularly interested in how children come to learn these beliefs and how they might be changed. In her free time, she likes to float in the ocean, read, and cook plant-based meals. Her favorite movie is Call Me By Your Name.

Elsa  Schweizer

Elsa was born and raised in Mission Viejo, California. She is an undergraduate majoring in Psychology and is also involved in art and engineering on campus. She is interested in cultural psychology, the psychology behind racism and inequality, and the identity development of children in transracial families. In her free time, she loves to cook, play tennis and squash, and work on her various design projects. She loves crime shows and psychological thrillers, and while she can't pick a favorite movie, her favorite show is Psych.

Kheshawn Wynn

Kheshawn is from Oakland, CA. He is majoring in Psychology and thinking about a minor in Music and/or Sociology. Through his experience in the lab, Kheshawn has gained an interest in the sociological aspects of social psychology, or how individual behaviors affect and are affected by the behaviors of large groups within society. In his free time he engages in all things music; whether it be listening to an album, discussing current events in the music industry, or playing something on his trombone or keyboard. He doesn’t have a favorite movie of all time, but his favorite show is How to Get Away With Murder.

Collaborating Graduate Students and Lab Affiliates

Carmelle  Bareket-Shavit

Carmelle received a B.S. in Cognitive Science from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is currently a graduate student at the University of British Columbia. Carmelle is interested in implicit biases, intergroup relations, and moral reasoning especially in educational contexts. When she was younger, Carmelle wanted to be a doctor, a librarian, and a photographer. Currently, her favorite movie is What We Do in the Shadows.

Kris  Evans
Kris received a BA in Sociology and Communications from Stanford. He is interested in investigating optimal ways to promote health and well-being of individuals and social systems. He is involved in a variety of organizations focused on researching, developing and empowering individuals by utilizing the power of the mind-body to enhance health, well-being, and performance. Outside of the lab, you might find Kris practicing Yoga or playing poker! As a kid, Kris wanted to be a professional gamer when he grew up. His favorite movie is The Matrix.
Peter Goldie
Peter holds a B.S. in Applied Psychology from New York University. He is interested in implementing social justice in research and clinical work, with particular attention to intersectionality. He loves soccer, music, cities, and spending time with loved ones. His favorite TV show is Pose.
Camilla  Griffiths

Camilla grew up moving every few years because of her parents' jobs, and by the time she was 18 had lived in 6 countries. She first moved to the U.S. to start college at the University of Virginia, which is where she developed her interest in issues of racial identity, racial stereotypes, and intergroup relations. As an undergraduate, Camilla designed her own major curriculum to be able to study these topics from multiple disciplinary perspectives; public policy, psychology, sociology, and anthropology. In graduate school, Camilla's research is geared towards understanding how people come to understand their own and others' racial identities through cross-race interactions and relationships, specifically in the context of student-teacher and officer-civilian interactions.  When she was a kid, Camilla wanted to be a famous singer when she grew up. Her favorite movie is Shawshank Redemption...or Zoolander. Depends on the day. 

Cai  Guo

Cai is a PhD student in the Department of Psychology, co-advised by Carol Dweck and Ellen Markman. Cai is interested in how theories in categorization and conceptual development can inform us of how we reason about social categories and how we infer and process prescriptive norms based on category membership. Cai is especially interested in the intersection of philosophy and psychology and hopes to spend more time examining philosophical questions with psychological experiments. As a child, Cai wanted to be a pharmacologist. His favorite movie is A Short Film About Love (1988) by Krzysztof Kieślowski.

Zion  Mengesha
Zion is a doctoral student in the Linguistics Department. Her research focus is in sociolinguistics, phonetics, and psycholinguistics. Her research examines how social ideologies influence memory, speech processing, and lexical representation. Ultimately, her research aims to address questions about how linguistic processing trickles up to social injustice. As a kid, Zion wanted to be a lawyer when she grew up — though she didn’t become a lawyer, she still stands for justice. Her favorite movie is Amelie.
Jeremy  Pollack

Jeremy is a visiting researcher and doctoral student in psychology from Grand Canyon University. He has an M.A. in Evolutionary Anthropology as well as an M.A. in Peace & Conflict Studies. He is interested in how social identity impacts motivation, confidence, and decision-making, especially in the context of intragroup and intergroup conflict. When he was a kid, Jeremy wanted to be a rockstar (and sometimes he still does). His favorite movie is Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas.

Kiara  Sanchez
Kiara grew up in Laredo, Texas, a majority Mexican-American city in south Texas. Her transition from a “majority-minority” city to Rice University in Houston helped form her interest in intergroup relationships and racial-ethnic identity. At Rice, Kiara majored in Psychology and Sociology and became excited about the role that the social sciences can have in shaping the way we understand and intervene on social issues and relationships. Her research focuses on interracial relationships and communication, and interventions to improve intergroup understanding in educational and interpersonal settings. When Kiara was a kid, she wanted to be either a professional dancer or a doctor when she grew up. Her favorite movie is The Lion King. 
Michelle  Wang

Michelle graduated from Wellesley College with a major in Psychology and a minor in Mathematics. Broadly, she is interested in how children make inferences about a broad population or social group with such sparse data from a handful of individuals, and how these inferences affect their social interactions. She is also interested in how children's perceptions of others' mental states (e.g., knowledge) might affect their own behaviors, especially in educational settings (e.g., question-asking). When outside of the lab, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, travelling around the world, and watching crime documentaries and FriendsWhen Michelle was a kid, she wanted to be a pediatrician or second-grade teacher when she grew up. Her favorite movies are Forrest Gump, The Sound of Music, and The Lion King.