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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 canine (Lacey) daughters.

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Trever Ojeda

Trever (Jon on paper) Ojeda is a fourth-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. 


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Hayley Liebenow

Hayley (she/they) is a third-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.



The whole SoCogLab team!

Left to Right: Trever Ojeda, Hayley Liebenow, Alex Norman, Alyssa Newton, Jenna Berry, Brittany Cassidy, Kelly Sharpless, Grace Clark

Not pictured: Brendan Diaz, Caraline Malloy, Shima Mohamed, Lindsey Nelson, Jaclyn Day, Tala Zamamiri, Ana Montoya

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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.

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