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laura niemi, aSSISTANT PROFESSOR
DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY, COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES; MANAGEMENT & ORGANIZATIONS, CHARLES H. DYSON SCHOOL OF APPLIED ECONOMICS AND MANAGEMENT, SC JOHNSON COLLEGE OF BUSINESS
Cornell University

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Dec 2021 Conference Talk: “CAUSATION, RESPONSIBILITY, BLAME: DOES MORAL JUDGMENT WORK FOR US OR AGAINST US?” FALL 2021 PSYCHOLOGY RESEARCH CONFERENCE, UMASS DARTMOUTH, MA.
NEW MINOR IN MORAL PSYCHOLOGY! “New moral psychology minor takes on challenging questions” Launching Spring 2022 at Cornell University. Learn more here: https://psychology.cornell.edu/-moral-psychology-minor.
NEW COURSES IN MORAL PSYCHOLOGY! TWO NEW COURSES LAUNCHING SPRING 2022: Moral Psychology in Action (Community EngagEment Course, AEM 4940) Conversations in Moral Psychology (Discussion-Based Course, PSYCH 1200).
Working Group grant 2021 $500 Qualitative & Interpretive Research Institute Working Group Project Funding Award for “Political Phenomenology” with U. Abulof; J. Lasky; S. Le Penne, Cornell University.
OCT 2021: ACCEPTED Symposium SPSP Annual Convention 2022 “Features not bugs: Statistical, emotional, and causal ingredients to moral cognition” with J. Wylie; J. Rhee; D. Bostyn. Feb 2022.
OCT 2021: ACCEPTED POSTER A major congratulations to Isobel Munday whose poster was accepted to the meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Feb 2022! Poster Title: “Hedge your bets: Should I be effective or appropriate?”
OCT 2021: ACCEPTED POSTER A major congratulations to Madhulika Shastry whose poster was accepted to the meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Feb 2022! Poster title: “The power of TikTok? Exploring the effect of online video formats on social-moral evaluation of victims.”
OCT 2021: Colloquium “Principled or personal? Moral values and causal attribution.” Basic and Applied Science Psychology, colloquium, CUNY Graduate Center, NY, Virtual.
OCT 1, 2021: SPSP Freeform Friday “Is it Burnout?” A conversation about the psychological and structural components of burnout, including loss of meaning, control, and resources. We’ll identify how burnout manifests in the research lab, classroom, and other areas of work life, and talk about simple ways to refuel. Host: L. Niemi https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4eabae29a2f4cf8-spsp5.
Aug 2-5, 2021: Talk at SPSSI L. Niemi: “Moral divides in language and cognition” 2021 Virtual Conference “Changing the System” at the Society for the Psychological Studies of Social Issues (SPSSI). click to read the Abstract.
APRil 26, 2021: ACCEPTED POSTER A major congratulations to Isobel Munday whose poster was accepted to the virtual 2021 meeting of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology!
April 23, 2021 Laura Niemi participates in College-wide Panel on “Morality, Psychology and Business.” Cornell University, hosted by Dr. Ravi Kanbar, Economics.
Research grant 2021 $12,000 Cornell Center for Social Sciences, Research Incubation Grant Awarded to Laura Niemi: “Civility as a Contextualized Social Psychological Phenomenon” Cornell University.
STUDYING Why and how people judge each other, decide what is right or wrong, make morally relevant choices, and live out their values.

BIO

My graduate training was at Boston College in Social Psychology and Social Neuroscience. I received my Ph.D. in 2015, for research on moral values advised by Dr. Liane Young at the Morality Lab.

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After grad school, I completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University (May 2015 – May 2017) with advisors Dr. Steven Pinker and Dr. Jesse Snedeker, involving an interdisciplinary project called The Psycholinguistics of Morality.

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I completed a second postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Walter Sinnott-Armstrong in the Department of Philosophy and Dr. Felipe De Brigard in the Department of Cognitive Neuroscience at Duke University, where I worked on projects on causal cognition, moral decision-making, and social epistemology (June 2017 – June 2018).

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At University of Toronto, I completed my first year (2018-2019) as a professor, in the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Social Psychology and Global Affairs. I started the Applied Moral Psychology Lab. I was a Visiting Professor in Psychology from 2019-2020 at Cornell University.

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I began a tenure-track Assistant Professor position at Cornell University in July 2020 in the Department of Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences & in Management and Organizations, Dyson School, SC Johnson College of Business.

Please get in touch if you are interested in the Applied Moral Psychology Lab.