PEOPLE

Doctoral Students

Kerry O'Brien
1st-year Doctoral Student, BASP | kobrien@gradcenter.cuny.edu
Kerry is a first year doctoral student in the Basic & Applied Social Psychology PhD program at CUNY. She graduated from Skidmore College in 2020 with a major in Psychology and minor in Gender Studies. Before pursuing a PhD, Kerry worked as a Lab Manager with the Belief, Affect, & Behavior Lab at Duke University, as well as working on the Research & Assessments team at the nonprofit organization Perception Institute. Kerry’s research interests center around gendered expectations, attitudes, and behaviors within romantic relationships. More specifically, she explores the differential experiences between men and women within home-based romantic relationships in addition to young adult dating relationships. Outside of academia, Kerry loves watching a good rom-com and eating popcorn with her calico kitty, Sesame.

Recent publications and presentations:

Moss-Racusin, C. A., Croft, A., Rapp, S., O’Brien, K. A., & Brown, S. (2022). Gender bias targeting men produces gender gaps in engagement with female-stereotypic domains. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied.

Moss-Racusin, C. A., Schofield, C. A., Brown, S., & O’Brien, K. A. (2020). Breast is (Viewed as) best: Demonstrating formula feeding stigma. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 44(4), 503-520.

O’Brien, K., & Moss-Racusin, C. A. (2021, February). Bill Nye vs. Betty Crocker: Impacts of paid parental leave on the STEM gender gap. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, held virtually due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

O’Brien, K., Van Cappellen, P., & Algoe, S. (2021, February). To God all the glory: Prevalence and ways to express gratitude to God. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, held virtually due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Amy Wang
1st-year Doctoral Student, BASP | swang3@gradcenter.cuny.edu
Amy is a first year doctoral student in the Basic & Applied Social Psychology PhD program housed at CUNY's Graduate Center. She recently graduated from NYU in 2023 with a B.S. in Applied Psychology and minors in Teacher Education and Math. While there, she worked as a research assistant on the Researching Inequity in Society Ecologically (RISE) Lab and completed an honors thesis under Dr. Shabnam Javdani's advisement on the relation between exclusionary school discipline and internalizing/externalizing mental health patterns among girls of color. Amy also served as one of the '22-'23 editors for the Online Publication for Undergraduate Studies (OPUS), a student-led academic journal housed within NYU's Department of Applied Psychology. Her research interests lie broadly in addressing race- and gender-based inequities in education, with a larger goal of disrupting the perpetuation of oppressive systems across institutions (e.g., the school-prison nexus). When she's not neck-deep in a literature search, Amy also loves to draw and dance, and will never say no to binging a Chinese drama series.

Recent publications and presentations:

Wang, S.-Y. A. (2023, May 12). Exclusionary school discipline and mental health among system-impacted girls of color [Presentation]. NYU Applied Psychology Research Conference, New York, NY, United States.

Master's Students

Monroe Egbuchunam
Master's Student
Monroe is a master's student at New York University in the General Psychology program. They are interested in the intersection of social, cognitive, and neuropsychology, specifically looking at discrimination and stereotypes against racial and sexual minorities. Monroe's favorite thing to do is take odd pictures of their cat Persephone.
Jaisy Lau
Master's Student
Jaisy is a first-year Master's student at NYU, studying psychology with a focus on clinical psychology. Her primary research interest is studying the effects of within-culture stigma on the symptomology and prognosis of mental illnesses in Asian Americans. In her free time, she is currently getting back into running.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Ahmed Ali
Research Assistant
Ahmed is a sophomore at Baruch College majoring in Psychology and minoring in History. He is still trying to figure out what to research, but for now he has an interest in the relationship between a human and a pet, and friendships. Ahmed loves to play video games and has a cat named Midnight.
Paulina Asuncion
Research Assistant
Paulina is a junior at Baruch College majoring in Psychology. She is still figuring out what exactly she wants to research but for now, she is interested in racial bias and stereotyping in education. Paulina is a runway and fashion model outside of school and does YouTube.
Lizbeth Cruz
Research Assistant
Lizbeth is a junior at Baruch college who is majoring in psychology, minoring in communications and marketing. In the future, Lizbeth wants to attend graduate school to pursue the industrial organizational side of psychology. She is interested in studying how the human brain develops over time. Outside of school, she likes to play video games, walk her dog Winnie, and read.
Mary Huang
Research Assistant
Mary is a junior at Baruch College majoring in Psychology and minoring in Communications. She wants to go to graduate school for industrial organizational psychology. She is interested in studying gender inequalities in society and how they play a role in individual development. In her free time, she likes to play video games and watch shows.
Kayle Pena
Research Assistant
Kayle Pena is a junior at Baruch College majoring in Psychology. She is still figuring out what she wants to research, but is leaning towards researching gender dynamics and something pertaining to race. Outside of school, Kayle loves to play guitar and listen to music. Her current favorite song is Karma by Sarah Kinsley.
Alliyah Prince
Research Assistant
Alliyah Prince is a junior at Baruch College majoring in Psychology. She is passionate about studying the mental health of black adolescents, as well as exploring the disparities in resources available to white individuals and people of color. Outside of school, Alliyah is an artist expressing herself through all forms of art.