Calvin Lai | Assistant Professor

Psychology Building 425B
(201) 925-6433
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[Pronunciation: “KAL-vin LYE”]

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Pierce Ekstrom | Postdoctoral Scholar

Psychology Building 452B

Pierce is a postdoc in the Diversity Science Lab. His research focuses on political conflict, with a particular focus on the role of group identities in how people experience and respond to conflict. What causes people to disagree about politics? When is this disagreement most intense? And what are the consequences of this any given domain of conflict for individuals’ interactions and for democracy in general?

meganwilson Megan Wilson | Graduate Student

Psychology Building 452B

Megan is a second-year graduate student in social psychology. She earned her B.A. at the University of Missouri double majoring in psychology and sociology. Her research interests broadly include long term implicit bias reduction and the relationship between implicit bias and behavior. In her spare time, Megan enjoys rock climbing and spending time outdoors.

 img_0191-1Jackie Lisnek | Lab Manager

Psychology Building 452B
(314) 935-2605

Jackie is the lab manager for both the Diversity Science Lab and the Social Perceptions and Intergroup Attitudes Lab. Before coming to Washington University, she earned her B.A at Indiana University double majoring in psychology and gender studies and minoring in nonprofit management. Broadly, her research interests include interventions to reduce biases in professional, educational, and criminal justice domains.

Undergraduate Research Assistants


Max Klapow

Max is a William H. Danforth Scholar currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology-Neuroscience-Philosophy and Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis. His primary academic interests focus on the intersection of psychology, law, and design, particularly how knowledge of human behavior can drive innovation in policy and system design, as well as jural decision-making, behavioral underpinnings of prejudice and discrimination, and the relationship between social cognition and trial advocacy.


Grace Campbell

Grace is a William H. Danforth Scholar and a senior at Washington University. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, with a minor in Psychological and Brain Sciences. She is passionate about understanding human behavior at both the structural and personal levels. Her courses at Washington University have explored numerous factors influencing social inequality, and her semester abroad in Cape Town, South Africa fueled her interest in understanding race relations. She is eager to learn more about how race and gender impact the choices individuals make.

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Mira Reed Twiss

Mira is a junior pursuing a double major in Psychology and Islamic Studies with a minor in Writing. She is interested in how identity and social perception affect the formation of in-groups and out-groups, especially as they relate to public discourse around the Muslim-American population and women, gender, and sexuality.


Elena Murray

Elena is a first-year student currently studying Psychology and Political Science here at Washington University in St. Louis. She is especially interested in the impact that friends, family, geography, and broader social norms have on voting patterns.


Ansley Calandra

Ansley is a senior pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Philosophy. One of her current lines of research looks at how terrorist threat influences implicit attitudes towards right-wing politicians. More broadly, her research interests include examining how both the psychology of prejudice and moral psychology inform political psychology, with a particular focus on how applied work can come of these investigations. For example, how can different moral foundations be used in constructing arguments tailored to liberals versus conservatives? Can interventions mitigate how implicit biases impact citizens’ voting decisions?


Jasmine Jaggers

Jasmine is a junior majoring in Psychology with a minor in Writing. She is considering pursuing Clinical Psychology or a Masters in Public Health, as she is passionate about both fields. She hopes that the knowledge she obtains through research grants her the opportunity to promote social change and allow discussion for combating implicit biases.

Lab Alumni

  • Research Assistants
    • Alicia Zhang
    • Becca Clark-Callender
    • Jacqueline Kumble
    • Julia Norman
    • Andrea Esparza
    • Sabrina Genovese
    • Mackenzie Hines-Wilson
    • Gina Vellequette
  • Lab Managers