Lab Members


Principal Investigator


Lisa Chalik, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychology
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My research focuses on the abstract theories that children build and rely upon as they navigate the social world. I explore how children learn to organize the people around them into social categories, and how they make inferences about people on the basis of social category membership. I also study the implications of social categorization for moral evaluation. When I'm not working, I can usually be found baking, traveling, or obsessing over my dog, Dobby.




Sarah Finkelstein

I am entering my senior year at Stern College for Women where I am majoring in Psychology. I am excited to be joining the Developing Minds Lab and look forward to contributing to the important research that takes place here! A fun fact about me is that I have an office supplies obsession. 


Leetal Winick

My name is Leetal Winick and I'm a junior at Stern College for Women, studying Psychology with an emphasis in Neuroscience. I'm so excited to be apart of the Developing Minds lab and gain from this incredible opportunity! A fun fact about me is that I'm obsessed with french fries!

Shira Levy

I am a Junior at Yeshiva University Stern College for Women, studying Psychology with a minor in Women’s Studies. I am looking forward to joining the Developing Minds Lab and exploring how children create social categories and create moral evaluations. My hobbies include knitting, traveling, and slam poetry. 


Estee Lichtenstein

I am currently as senior at Yeshiva University, where I study British Literature, with a focus on Modernism, as well as Psychology. I’m looking forward to joining Dr. Chalik’s lab to explore how children categorize their social environment and infer the moralities of the people surrounding them. In my spare time I enjoy traveling, theater, concerts and getting away from the city occasionally to hike with my dog.