Lab Members


Brittany Cassidy, Ph.D.

Dr. Cassidy directs the Social Cognition Lab. Dr. Cassidy received her B.A. in Psychology from Boston University, received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Brandeis University, and completed postdoctoral training at Indiana University. Dr. Cassidy's work has been funded by the National Science Foundation and by the National Institute on Aging. Named a Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science in 2018, Dr. Cassidy was recently profiled as an alum of the Brandeis University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. When she's not analyzing data or writing, Dr. Cassidy can be found distance running, organizing, watching Bravo (really!), or taking selfies with her human (Gloria) and dog (Lacey) daughters.

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Trever Ojeda

Trever (Jon on paper) Ojeda is a third-year PhD student in the Social Cognition Lab. In global terms, he is interested in researching facial perception, aging, and group membership. Specifically, his current interests within these areas involve exploring the influence group membership, stereotype use, and healthy aging have on perceived information (i.e., traits, expressions). Outside of research he enjoys hiking, camping, swimming, cooking, and reading. 



Hayley Liebenow

Hayley (she/they) is a second-year PhD student whose research focuses on stereotype and prejudice formation. She is currently interested in investigating how gender stereotypes are perpetuated through face perception and trait inferences. In her free time, she loves roller skating at the skatepark, trying new coffee shops, and bullet journaling.



Alyssa Newlon

Alyssa is a first-year MA student in the Social Cognition Lab. Having spent 8 years in India and Thailand co-creating and implementing anti-prejudice interventions for grassroots non-profits Alyssa is working towards getting her Ph.D. in Social Psychology. She is excited about pursuing research on stigma, prejudice, and group dynamics. In her free time, Alyssa explores every possible dimension of sci-fi and fantasy (Star Wars continues to operate as an original life template for Alyssa), caters to her cats' needs, and absorbs emerging pop culture trends.



Undergraduate Research Assistants

Jenna Berry, Grace Clark, Brendan Diaz, Caraline Malloy, Shima Mohamed, Lindsey Nelson, Nathan Norman, Kelly Sharpless



If you are interested in joining the lab as a graduate student, please contact Dr. Cassidy at It will make her happy if you include your CV.