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Dr. Selin Gülgöz

Principal Investigator


Dr. Selin Gülgöz is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Fordham University. Her research interests lie in children’s and adults’ social cognition and conceptual development, with particular focus on children’s reasoning about  social groups. She is particularly interested in how individuals with diverse (and often marginalized) identities construct social categories, how people’s reasoning about social categories is reflected in their attitudes and behaviors toward members of those categories, and how we can learn about the developmental origins of early social cognition by observing these cognitive and behavioral outcomes. Outside of research and teaching, Selin enjoys exploring New York with her husband and their 3-year-old, and reading good fiction.

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Daniel Alonso

Ph.D. student


Daniel is a first-year graduate student working with Selin Gülgöz in the applied developmental psychology program. Previously a lab manager for Kristina Olson at the University of Washington, Daniel earned his bachelor’s in psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests broadly lie in exploring (1) the concealment of stigmatized identities across the lifespan and (2) how children and adults think about their social identities and how these influence their attitudes and behaviors. When not working on research, Daniel enjoys talking about Texas (where he is from) and completing jigsaw puzzles with friends.



Adam Saad

Research Assistant


Adam Saad is a senior at Fordham College Lincoln Center. He is a Psychology major with minors in Bioethics and Economics. As a New York native, Adam has had the opportunity to interact with individuals from numerous facets of life. His research interests include assessing the various features that influence human cognition and behavior within the framework of societal expectations and stereotypical gender norms. Beyond the scope of academia, Adam finds fulfillment in spending time with family and friends.



Chloe McGovern

Research Assistant


Chloe McGovern (she/her) is a Junior at Fordham University-Lincoln Center. She is double majoring in Psychology and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. On campus, Chloe enjoys being a Retreat Leader.  Her research interests include observing the impact of gender stereotypes on social power dynamics & interactions. She intends to continue research in graduate school, and hopes to obtain a PhD. Currently, Chloe also works as an Administrative Support Specialist for a non-profit called The Animation Project.



Elena Tycer

Research Assistant


Elena Tycer is a second year Psychology and Gender and Sexuality Studies major at Fordham University at Lincoln Center. She moved from her beloved hometown Houston, Texas to New York for university.  Elena is interested in researching how gender stereotypes impact individuals’ mental health across various races and cultures.  Outside of research, Elena enjoys sewing and watching as many movies as possible.



Riley Ng

Research Assistant


Riley Ng is a third-year undergraduate student at Fordham University at Lincoln Center. She is majoring in Psychology and double minoring in Sociology and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Riley is interested in the ways in which individuals come to form judgements about themselves and others and how individuals’ complex contexts impact their development. In addition to research, Riley enjoys baking and attempting to complete her yearly Goodreads Reading Challenge.



Veronika Kobrinsky

Research Assistant


Veronika Kobrinsky is a third year honors psychology student who was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She is an active member in the Fordham community and outside of academia volunteers as a Crisis Counselor for the Crisis Text Line along with working as a pediatric medical assistant. These experiences have inspired her research interests which include the relationship between epigenetics and the environment in the emergence of mental illness; mediators in the relationship between childhood trauma and psychopathological symptoms in adulthood; and, psychological outcomes of gender diverse children who are socially supported. These passions have motivated her to pursue an Honor’s Thesis which will investigate the mediators in the relationship between adverse childhood experiences and psychopathology in adulthood. Following graduation, she aspires to pursue a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology where she will continue her research. Outside of school work, Veronika enjoys partaking in fitness and coaching rhythmic gymnasts.




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