Dr. Lin Bian (边琳）
Lin is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Chicago. Before moving to Chicago, she was the Evalyn Edwards Milman Assistant Professor at Cornell University. Lin obtained her B.S. in Psychology at Zhejiang University (2011) and her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2017). Then she was a Postdoctoral Scholar at Stanford University (2017-2018). Lin’s research has been published in top journals such as Science, PNAS, Psychological Science, American Psychologist, and featured in major media outlets including BBC, NBC, NYTimes, NPR, The Atlantic, and Xinhua Net. Her work has been recognized by the NSF CAREER Award, the Boyd McCandless Award, the American Psychological Association Rising Star, and Forbes 30 Scientists under 30.
Yihan graduated in 2022 from the University of Chicago and received her Master’s degree in Psychology. While at UChicago, Yihan worked in Dr. Susan Goldin-Meadow’s lab where she studied the representation and perception of social content in nonredundant gestures. Before moving to Chicago, she lived in Canada and got her Bachelor’s degree from McMaster University with a major in Psychology and a specialization in Mental Health. During college, she worked at the McMaster Baby Lab and investigated how the racial composition of children’s living community impacted their interracial attitudes. Broadly, she is interested in children’s reasoning and attitudes about social categories, and how they make inferences about social hierarchies and abilities. Specifically, she plans to study how verbal and nonverbal modalities can play a role in these processes.
Molly is a third-year PhD student working with Dr. Lin Bian at the University of Chicago. Molly got her Bachelor’s degree from NYU with a major in Psychology and a minor in Chemistry. While at NYU, Molly worked in Dr. Andrei Cimpian’s lab where she studied development of gender stereotypes and their influence on academic achievement and aspirations in young children. After graduating, she worked as the lab manager in Dr. Cimpian’s lab where she continued her research on gender stereotypes. In her doctoral work, Molly plans to expand her research to look into the development of stereotypes about gender in non-binary contexts and how children use gender presentation to make inferences about things like ability and leadership potential.
Vanessa is a second-year PhD student working with Dr. Lin Bian at the University of Chicago. She graduated from Cornell University and received her Bachelor’s in Psychology and Sociology with a minor in Inequality Studies. After graduating, she worked as the lab manager for the Emerging Minds Lab at Arizona State University, where she conducted research on curiosity in infants and young children. Vanessa’s research interests can be found at the intersections of social and developmental psychology and early education. Specifically, she plans to use an interdisciplinary framework to investigate how children’s social biases about power, privilege, and inequality are influenced by their beliefs about social groups.
Yu-Shan (Grace) Huang
Grace is a first-year PhD student working with Dr. Lin Bian at the University of Chicago. Grace received her Bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University with a major in Psychology and a minor in Business Administration. During her studies at NU, Grace worked in Dr. John Coley’s lab where she studied “cognitive consturals”, such as essentialism, and how they affect people’s understanding and reasoning about the world. After graduating from NU, Grace obtained a Master’s degree in Education from Boston University. Grace is interested in questions related to gender stereotypes and social biases in educational settings. In her free time, Grace enjoys pour-over coffee, yoga, and traveling.
Üli is a first-year PhD student working with Dr. Lin Bian and Dr. Susan Goldin-Meadow at the University of Chicago. She received her BS in Neuroscience and a minor in Philosophy from UIC, where she researched gender and age differences in facial emotion perception. After graduating, Üli worked as an early education teacher and a post-baccalaureate research assistant at Chicago Booth, studying the impact of childhood socioeconomic status on social evaluations in old age. Broadly, she is interested in children’s development of social biases, nonverbal communication, and person perception. In her doctoral work, Üli plans to study how children may acquire, endorse and respond to gender stereotypes through gesture and face nonverbal modalities.
Tatiana is a MAPSS student at the University of Chicago studying Psychology and Education. Academically, she is interested in equity and education, as well as the psychological impacts of inequity on students. Tatiana has worked in several programs that work on expanding access to significant educational resources, particularly for underserved populations. She is interested in research that explores how children perceive and are influenced by existing stereotypes and biases about themselves and those around them. Personally, Tatiana is a big sports fan (Go Pats!), loves running around Chicago, and enjoys spending time reading!
Former Postdoctoral Scholar, 2022-2023
Now Assistant Professor of Psychology, Occidental College
Former graduate student, 2020-2021
Now doctoral student in Cognitive Sciences, UC Irvine
Former graduate student, 2019-2021
Now doctoral student in Psychology, Yale University
Former graduate student, 2019-2020
Now doctoral student in Psychology, University of Virginia
Former graduate student, 2019-2020
Now doctoral student in Psychological and Brain Sciences, UMass Amherst
Former lab manager, 2019-2021
Now Psy.D. student in Clinical Psychology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Former graduate research assistant, 2019-2021
Now doctoral student in Psychology, UC Riverside
Senior honors thesis student, 2019-2020
Now doctoral student in Human Development, University of Maryland