At the Applied Moral Psychology Lab, our topics and collaborators are multidisciplinary:
  • Social Psychology
  • Cognitive Science
  • Moral Psychology
  • Linguistics & Psychology of Language
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Experimental Philosophy
We investigate BASIC QUESTIONS ABOUT MORAL COGNITION AND SOCIAL-MORAL PSYCHOLOGY and how findings might be applied to improve well-being for more people. See research page for more info.



Laura Niemi | Lab Director


Sarah has a BA in psychology with an emphasis in research from Lee University. She is interested in many facets of moral psychology and normative ethics, the intersection between these subfields, and how research in these areas can be applied to enable individual and group well-being. Outside the lab, she enjoys kayaking, coding, and having discussions about the Good Life.

Sarah Milliron | Lab Manager


Ivy is a first-year PhD student in Social Psychology. She holds an MA in linguistics from Florida Atlantic University and has worked and volunteered with several animal protection agencies. She is interested in moral psychology, cognitive and sociocultural linguistics, animal rights, and social/environmental justice.

Ivy Gilbert | Graduate Student


Cristina is a PhD student at the Causal Cognition Lab at University College London. She is mainly interested in how people create causal models of real-world events, and how such models influence framing in subjective memory and problem-solving.

Cristina Leone | UCL PhD Student


Chase Agheli is a junior majoring in Industrial & Labor Relations with minors in Philosophy and Cognitive Science. He is particularly interested in how moral concepts are collectively formulated through social interaction, as well as the applications of theoretical fields like logic and game theory to moral thought.

Chase Agheli | Research Assistant


Jacqueline is a junior in the College of Arts & Sciences studying Government and Philosophy, and minoring in Cognitive Science and Psychology. Her interests include the effects of dehumanization on empathy and treatment of others, connections between moral evaluations and political behavior, as well as the neural mechanisms behind moral judgment and decision-making.

Jacqueline Allen | Research Assistant


Oliver is a Cornell third-year from Los Angeles, California. Studying industrial and labor relations, he is dedicated to solving local and global problems like unemployment, hiring bias, and social division through progressive market solutions. Having aligned his passion with professional experiences in HR, consulting, and research, he hopes to enter a top-ranked MBA after some time in the workforce.

Oliver Eccleston | Research Assistant


Gabrielle is a junior in the College of Arts & Sciences from New York City. She is pursuing a major in Psychology with a minor in Inequality Studies. She is interested in understanding how individual judgments work to perpetuate inequalities within our society.

Gabrielle Furman | Research Assistant


Lilyanna is a rising junior majoring in psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences. She recently transferred from UCF with the goal of pursuing a career in academia. Her research interests include sensation & perception, cognition, and sleep & dreaming. In the context of moral psychology, she would like to discover what psychological factors influence the development of moral thinking patterns.

Lilyanna Gross | Research Assistant


Micah Hoffman is a junior at Cornell University and is on a pre-med track. His primary research interests are centered in moral evaluations and exploring ideological differences between groups. Micah also wrestles for Cornell, and has been competing in the sport since he was 6.

Micah Hoffman | Research Assistant


Gavin is a senior studying Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Kansas. Broadly, he is interested in the social cognition of morality, empathy, and imagination. He seeks to blur the lines between basic and applied research to reduce intergroup conflict and social inequity through interventions and policy reform. Outside the lab, he can be found playing the clarinet for KU’s marching band.

Gavin Mullin | Research Assistant


Varun is a rising Senior pursuing a double major in Psychology and Computer Science. He is interested in decision-making and how people evaluate different choices – whether through past experiences or social scenarios. Outside the lab, he is a foodie and enjoys curating playlists.

Varun Parkash | Research Assistant


Madhulika Shastry is a senior at the University of Michigan studying Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience as well as Cognitive Science. At Michigan, she is a research assistant at the Culture and Cognition lab, led by Dr. Shinobu Kitayama. She is interested in applying moral judgment to social norm violations in different contexts, including cross-cultural situations and online platforms. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in grad school and work as a research scientist in the industry. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and cooking recipes from different cuisines.

Madhulika Shastry | Research Assistant

Lab Alumni


Gina Roussos

Lab Manager

Beyza Gultekin

Research Assistants

Camilla Balbis

Will Blakey

Natalie Boychuk 

Aurelio Falconi 

Lauren Greene 

Zissis Hadjis 

Marko Kljajic 

Yue Li 

Zhimeng Li 

Beth Mieczkowski 

Isobel Munday 

Joseph Outa 

Michael Warchol 

Louisa (Zi Ting) You