SCIP Lab

Social Cognition & Intergroup Processes (SCIP) Laboratory

 

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Principal Investigator


Dr. Sylvia Perry, Principal Investigator

Sylvia Perry, Ph.D. 📧 (CV

Dr. Sylvia Perry is the Principal Investigator of the Social Cognition and Intergroup Processes (SCIP) Lab at Northwestern University. She is originally from Raleigh, North Carolina. She completed a bachelor's degree in Psychology at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, and she received her master's and doctorate in Social Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she was mentored by Drs. Linda Skitka and Mary Murphy.

Dr. Perry was a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral associate at Yale University under the advisement of Drs. John Dovidio and Michelle van Ryn (Mayo Clinic). She was an Assistant Professor of Psychological Science and an affiliate of the Department of Pediatrics in the School of Medicine (where she worked with the Vermont Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities program) at the University of Vermont (UVM) from 2014-2016. In the summer of 2016, she joined the faculty at Northwestern University, where she is an Assistant Professor of Psychology, an affiliate of the Department of Medical Social Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine, and a Research Associate in the Institute for Policy Research.

Dr. Perry investigates how bias awareness develops, and the implications of bias awareness for prejudice reduction, intergroup contact, and health disparities. She has received funding from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, and the National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities. She has published in journals such as Psychological Science, the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Social Science & Medicine, and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

In her spare time, Sylvia likes to read graphic novels, collect designer toys, and discover new music. She and her husband also enjoy spending time with their adorable son, Henry. 


Graduate Students


James Wages, Graduate Student

James Wages, M.S. 📧 (CV)

James is a rising fourth-year Ph.D. student in social psychology at Northwestern University. He broadly studies the ways in which social characteristics influence what we think and feel about people. James tends to focus on how beliefs about race and gender impact the way we interpret ambiguous and uncertain social situations, such as when someone takes risks. 

James earned his bachelor of arts degree in psychology from the University of Arkansas (2013) and his master of science degree in psychology from Northwestern University (2018).

He enjoys spending time on the Lakeshore, discovering Chicago arts and music, and exploring local neighborhoods and foods.


Sirenia Sanchez, Graduate Student

Sirenia Sanchez, Graduate Student

Sirenia Sanchez 📧 (CV)

Sirenia Sanchez is a rising second year graduate student in the Social Psychology Ph.D. program at Northwestern University. She works in the SCIP lab under the advisement of Dr. Sylvia Perry, where she studies the psychological effects of and intergroup dynamics related to cultural appropriation, and intragroup discrimination/prejudice within the Latinx community.

Sirenia received her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and in Communication from the University of California, Santa Barbara. As a McNair Scholar she worked with Dr. Nancy Collins to investigate the influences self-esteem has on self-disclosure in close interpersonal relationships.

In her free time, Sirenia enjoys talking with friends over beer, catching up on films she’s repeatedly been told to watch, and jogging (when it’s not cold outside). She also really enjoys cooking and is always open to hearing and trying out new recipes.


Elinam Ladzekpo, Graduate Student

Elinam Ladzekpo, Graduate Student

Elinam Ladzekpo 📧 (CV)

Elinam Ladzekpo is an incoming first year graduate student in the Social Psychology PhD program at Northwestern University under the advisement of Dr. Sylvia Perry. Elinam is currently a lab manager for Dr. Mary Murphy’s Mind and Identity in Context Lab at Indiana University. Prior to this, she received her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. As a McNair and Departmental Honors Scholar, she investigated Whites’ perceptions of Black women providing negative critical feedback.

Her current research investigates perceptions of marginalized individuals, intragroup and intergroup prejudice within communities of color, and individual differences that reduce or increase the discrimination experienced by marginalized groups.

In her free time, Elinam enjoys reading, cooking, watching movies and tv, and traveling.


Elisa Rapadas, Graduate Student

Elisa Rapadas, Graduate Student

Elisa Rapadas 📧 (CV)

Elisa Rapadas is an incoming first year graduate student in the Social Psychology Phd program at Northwestern University under the advisement of Dr. Sylvia Perry. She was a Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) Fellow in the SCIP Lab in Summer 2018, where she studied the relationship between ostracism and gender stereotype-consistency with Dr. Allison Skinner.

She is interested in studying intragroup prejudice/colorism and anti-Black racism within Asian and Pacific Islander communities, and how stereotypes and bias are developed and transmitted between different cultural contexts.

In her free time, she enjoys reading classic science fiction, watching movies on bargain days listening to NPR and indie rock (not at the same time), and baking.


Lab Manager


Brandon Davis, Lab Manager

Brandon Davis, Lab Manager

Brandon Davis 📧(CV)

Brandon majored in Psychology at Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania and received his bachelor’s degree in 2019. As an undergraduate, Brandon’s senior thesis examined the effect of intertemporal uncertainty on the prosocial actions of adolescents during puberty. This project was completed under the guidance of Dr. Kristi Leimgruber. Other notable research projects were examining the effect of consciousness on sexual assault distress and symptomatology as a collaborative effort under the guidance of Dr. Michael Penn, and math anxiety’s effect on top-down and bottom-up processing under the guidance of Dr. Alex Moore.

Brandon is excited for the opportunity to learn from the diverse members of the Social Cognition and Intergroup Processes (SCIP) Lab at Northwestern. He is interested in gaining a greater understanding of intergroup processes and how interactions can vary as a result of factors such as ethnicity and affiliations. He is also interested in seeing how and when social biases form and how they are spread through channels such as media, educational settings, and parental lessons. Brandon looks forward to new collaborations and assisting in furthering the current knowledge on these topics.

In his free time, Brandon enjoys track and field, cooking, playing board games, and meeting new people and exploring new places.


Research Assistants


Fariha Ahmed, Research Assistant

Fariha Ahmed, Research Assistant

Fariha Ahmed

Fariha is a third year pre-medical student at Northwestern University majoring in Psychology. She is extremely grateful for the opportunity to join SCIP lab and is deeply interested in the interactions of identity within society as well as the effects of implicit and explicit biases in the social realm. She feels that working in the lab will give her a valuable opportunity to become involved in research that helps her better understand the world around her and  hopes to explore a similar line of research as related to healthcare services in the future. 

In her spare time Fariha enjoys swimming, painting, and indulging in Yelp-fueled visits to a diverse array of local coffee shops. Off campus, Fariha spends time managing her responsibilities as Outreach Chair at Hayat Clinic, a local charity clinic that provides that aims to provide completely free services to all, as well as managing her duties as the co-founder of ILM, an organization that attempts to provide underprivileged children with educational support. On campus, Fariha is a member of Community Health Corps, an organization that connects the local community to health resources and is a member of Phi-Delta-Epsilon, a pre-medical fraternity. 


Bella Buccieri, Research Assistant

Bella Buccieri, Research Assistant

Bella Buccieri

Bella is a fourth-year pre-medical student at Northwestern University, pursuing a major in Neuroscience and a Sociology minor. Bella is very excited to join the SCIP lab as she is very interested in the connection between psychology and its biological responses. She feels that exploring this relationship between psychology and biology, as well as participating in research studies, will help her in her pursuit of medicine. Bella first discovered her interest in studying the development of implicit bias through her sociology classes at Northwestern and also believes that learning about these biases from a psychological standpoint will improve her understanding about them.  

Bella is also involved in her sorority as Assistant Vice President Member Education of her sorority as well as a member of the rowing team. Bella also enjoys service work, she is involved in her sorority’s philanthropy committee and a member of GreekBuild which is a service organization within the Greek community at Northwestern. In her free time, she can most likely be found catching up on her Netflix shows and enjoying the Downtown Evanston atmosphere with her friends.


Ally Friedman, Research Assistant

Ally Friedman, Research Assistant

Ally Friedman

Ally Friedman is a third-year student at Northwestern University. She is pursuing a major in Psychology. Ally is volunteering at the SCIP lab to better understand how biases affect social behavior, and hopes to learn more about research methods regarding psychology. Ally plans to become a psychology professor and hopes to do research about cognitive development. 

In her free time, Ally enjoys reading and playing with her dogs. She also loves going to music festivals and hanging out with her sisters. On campus, she volunteers for Global Project Hope, plays on the women's club basketball team, and is on the standards board for her sorority.


Daniel Guajardo, Research Assistant

Daniel Guajardo, Research Assistant

Daniel Guajardo

Daniel is a fourth-year at Northwestern University pursuing a major in Psychology. Daniel is excited to be a part of SCIP Lab, where he is motivated to learn about and understand the different aspects behind stereotypes and social attitudes. He also hopes to gain a better understanding of the processes behind conducting research and interpreting and applying data. Some of Daniel's own research interests include how culture plays a role in the creation of implicit biases and the strength of groupthink.

In his free time, Daniel enjoys playing Rocket League and powerlifting. He also likes to discover new music and books, play the ukulele, and DM a Dungeon's and Dragons campaign for his buddies!


Siobhan Ihenacho, Research Assistant

Siobhan Ihenacho, Research Assistant

Siobhan Ihenacho

Siobhan is a rising junior at Northwestern University. She is studying Psychology and is interested in pursuing a doctorate degree in Psychology after she receives her bachelor’s degree. Siobhan is researching at the Social Cognition and Intergroup Processes lab because she has always had an interest in social psychology and would like to understand how and why people from differing backgrounds and identities interact in the ways that they do.

Apart from being a research assistant at the SCIP lab, Siobhan loves to keep herself busy by juggling two other jobs in Residential Services and Multicultural Student Affairs at Northwestern University. This works out well for her because she loves to meet new people and build connections as she journeys throughout her undergraduate career. Siobhan loves to learn new languages, and although she is not majoring in Spanish, she loves to speak and practice it as often as she can. She hopes to somehow continue learning the language in the near future.

When Siobhan is not in the lab, you can often find her exploring new restaurants with her friends in the downtown Chicago area, which is her favorite place to be!


Ala Jankowski, Research Assistant

Ala Jankowski, Research Assistant

Ala Jankowski

Ala is a third-year student at Northwestern University. She is majoring in Biology and Psychology, and minoring in Spanish. Ala is volunteering at SCIP to learn about the formation and manifestation of implicit biases as well as performing research in social psychology. She would love to study how implicit biases affect attraction to people of different identities, or how they affect our relationships as a whole. Ala is also interested in the intersection of psychology and biology: for example, what we can learn from physiological responses and their causes.

In her free time, Ala loves to paint, dabble in guitar, and explore music as a whole. On campus, Ala is a student supervisor at ARTica Studios, where she gets to express this creative side. She is also a Peer Adviser, serving as a mentor for new Northwestern students throughout their first year. Ala also volunteers with the New Life Volunteering Society, a health-focused group that serves the local Evanston and Chicago communities. In her sorority, she assists in planning community service events, designing merchandise, and advertising philanthropy events.


Thomas Kikuchi, Research Assistant

Thomas Kikuchi, Research Assistant

Thomas Kikuchi

Thomas is a junior, double majoring in Psychology and Asian Languages and Cultures with a focus in Japanese. Thomas hopes to use his time working in the lab to understand biases that shape our lives and ways in which we can create a more inclusive environment. He plans to become a clinical therapist, and wishes to gain insight on social understandings through his time at SCIP to incorporate into practice.

During his free time, Thomas hosts quarterly shows on 89.3 FM WNUR. He actively searches for underrepresented music to play on air and expand his taste.  Thomas also writes for and takes pictures of live concerts in Chicago for WNUR Media Team. With some of the friends he’s made doing this, he plays drums in various bands on and off campus.  


Lynn Liu, Research Assistant

Lynn Liu, Research Assistant

Lynn Liu

Lynn Liu is currently working as a Senior Analyst in a consulting firm while trying to explore the social psychology world which she has discovered to be her true calling after synthesizing her interests. She is very grateful to be able to contribute to the SCIP lab utilizing her background in predictive analytics while learning research design methods in this field. She is interested in how bias awareness develops and the effective ways to reduce prejudice, believing that the more knowledge she can gain about the root cause of the current social issues, the more she can contribute to the society.  She is also interested in the intersections of social justice, machine learning, mindfulness, and meditation.

In her free time, she enjoys mindfulness practice, meeting people from different backgrounds, learning different music genres, playing tennis, appreciating nature, staying spontaneous, etc. She is motivated by “meaning and experience” in her life philosophy. 


Allegra Maeso, Research Assistant

Allegra Maeso, Research Assistant

Allegra Maeso

Allegra Maeso is a fourth-year student at Northwestern University. She is majoring in Cognitive Science and minoring in Spanish and Legal Studies. Allegra is volunteering at SCIP to gain a better understanding of the mental processes involved in bias and prejudice, and how these thoughts affect interactions with others. She is hoping to gain a better understanding of how research can be applied to change and educate people. Allegra is interested in studying racial biases in policing and hopes to ultimately engage in prison and criminal justice reform.

In her free time, Allegra enjoys playing basketball and going on roadtrips. On her bucket list is to drive to all 50 states. She also loves performing card magic, watching comedy, and walking her rescue yorkshire terrier, James. On campus, Allegra is involved in the student group Mixed Race Coalition, the women's club basketball team, and the Undergraduate Prison Education Program.


Taylor Moore, Research Assistant

Taylor Moore, Research Assistant

Taylor Mizuno Moore

Taylor is currently a Postgraduate Fellow in the Behavioral Therapies Program at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. Taylor received her Bachelor’s degree in East Asian Language and Literature from the University of California, Irvine in 2015 and a Masters degree in 2019 from Northwestern University studying Clinical Psychotherapy. Taylor completed clinical training at Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare, The Family Institute at Northwestern University, and most recently an internship at Highland Park Hospital’s Adolescent and Young Adult Inpatient Psychiatry Unit. She has also completed a Postgraduate Research Fellowship at Yale University’s Child Study Center Anxiety and Mood Disorders clinic studying anxiety in children and their parents.

Taylor’s graduate Capstone Presentation focused on multiracial identity development, the social processes of implicit bias at work with this population, and improved treatment and psychotherapy outcomes. Taylor is excited to expand her research training at Northwestern University with the SCIP lab, researching multiracial identity and implicit biases within this population. She hopes to pursue a doctoral degree in Social Psychology.


Nicole Olczyk, Research Assistant

Nicole Olczyk, Research Assistant

Nicole Olczyk

Nicole is a fourth-year student at DePaul University where she is studying Psychology with a concentration in Cognitive Neuroscience and minoring in Biology. She is excited to join the SCIP lab to learn more about the development of social biases and the ways in which psychologists use experimental methods to study social phenomena. Nicole is also interested in the interdisciplinary nature of psychology and how a range of fields, including biology and philosophy, can work in tandem to better study human behavior and cognition. She ultimately hopes to attend graduate school and become a social psychology professor.

In her free time, Nicole enjoys staying active by lifting weights, hiking, and swinging on the trapeze. She also loves to read and can oftentimes be found at used book stores or coffee shops with a book in hand. One of her current goals is to find the best cup of coffee in Chicago.


Kelsey Phalen, Research Assistant

Kelsey Phalen, Research Assistant

Kelsey Phalen

Kelsey Phalen is an undergraduate student with a double major in Theatre and Psychology. Kelsey's general interests (in both art and research) involve exploring connections between people and the barriers that exist against that, conscious or otherwise. She is super excited about exploring the role of implicit bias through a research lens. 

Outside of the lab, Kelsey can be found working on student theatre productions as an actor, director, and costume designer. In her free time, Kelsey enjoys befriending every dog she comes across, going to concerts, and playing the Sims. 


Mia Weed, Research Assistant

Mia Weed, Research Assistant

Mia Weed

Mia is an undergraduate Psychology student at Northwestern University, and is extremely grateful to be a member of the SCIP Lab. She hopes to learn more about the salience and nature of racial biases as well as the process and methodology of psychological research as a whole. Mia is currently working with Dr. Allison Skinner and Adilene Osnaya to examine the relationship between ostracism and Women’s STEM Engagement.

Her research interests include intergroup prejudice, personality, and psychopathology, and she hopes to pursue a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology after graduation.

In her free time, Mia enjoys films, theatre, and comedy writing. She hopes to continue to be politically active both on and off campus.


Jillian Wilkerson, Research Assistant

Jillian Wilkerson, Research Assistant

Jillian Wilkerson

Jillian is a fourth year pre-medical student at Northwestern University, studying Psychology and Biological Sciences. Jillian is excited to work in the SCIP lab, and grateful for an opportunity to explore interpersonal relationships and social biases within society. She believes her experience working in the lab will provide a wonderful introduction to social psychology research. Additionally, Jillian is interesting in studying the interplay of psychology and biology, as they both coincide with her personal interests. 

During her free time Jillian loves to reading, exploring new restaurants, and traveling. Jillian also volunteers at Lurie’s Children Hospital in Chicago on the weekends. 


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Lab Mascot


Farrah Stanczak, Lab Mascot

Farrah Stanczak, Lab Mascot

Farrah Stanczak

Farrah, not to be confused with the late great Mrs. Fawcett, has a bachelors in dog treats and a masters in belly rubs from Cute Pets U. Farrah studies how vacuums are secretly plotting to take over the world. 

In her spare time, she enjoys long walks, barking at squirrels, and chewing on her parents' "good" shoes. She is excited for all the attention she will be receiving from the SCIP Lab and Psych Dept.