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 an incoming first-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.

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Becca Clark-Callender

Becca is a senior pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology, with minors in Creative Writing and American Culture Studies. Her academic interests include education, politics, psychology, and the law, with a budding focus on the media’s portrayal of political content and how that feeds into our perception of legislation, legislators, and other citizens.


Alicia Zhang

Alicia is a third-year student currently studying International & Area Studies – International Affairs and Psychology, with a minor in General Economics. She is interested in migration and refugee studies, particularly the impact of prejudice and discrimination on public perception of immigration.


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.

Lab Alumni

  • Research Assistants
    • Jacqueline Kumble
    • Julia Norman
    • Andrea Esparza
    • Sabrina Genovese
    • Mackenzie Hines-Wilson
    • Gina Vellequette
  • Lab Managers