Kathleen Corriveau

Associate Professor

Director, Social Learning Laboratory

Office: 621 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 322
Email: kcorriv@bu.edu

Professor Corriveau’s Faculty Profile


Professor Corriveau’s research focuses on social and cognitive development in childhood, with a specific focus on how children decide what people and what information are trustworthy.  She is also interested in language and reading development, cross-cultural differences and the role of parenting in children’s social and emotional development.




Telli Davoodi

Postdoctoral Research Associate


Telli works on cross-cultural projects where she collaborates with researchers locally and internationally to study the effects of context and culture on the development of causal reasoning, social essentialism, and moral judgments. At the SLL, she focuses on children's use of causal reasoning in learning about unobservable scientific and religious phenomena.

She is also interested in children's concept of "ownership" in different cultures and how socioeconomic status influences children's and adults' ideas about who deserves what.

Telli's Personal Website


Niamh Mcloughlin

Postdoctoral Research Associate


Niamh is broadly interested in the impact of social information on young children’s evaluations, learning and behavior. She completed her PhD in Psychology at the University of York, UK, in 2017 which investigated the development of intergroup bias. She is currently working on projects examining parental testimony in the transmission of religious and scientific concepts and the social factors that promote children’s science learning.


Sarah Suárez

Postdoctoral Research Associate


Sarah Suárez is a Postdoctoral Associate interested in the development of individual differences in children’s informal learning and critical thinking, particularly in relation to their personal philosophies about the nature and origins of knowledge. She did her master's and doctoral work under the supervision of Dr. Melissa Koenig at the University of Minnesota's Institute of Child Development, and also holds a B.S. in Animal Science from Cornell University. Currently she works on projects concerning how cultural, socioeconomic, and parental factors influence children's unique approaches to learning via testimony, text and exploration.


Ayse Payir

Postdoctoral Research Associate


Ayse is working with Kathleen Corriveau and Paul Harris in a project where they investigate children’s conceptualization of science and religion across different cultures. She is interested in children’s understanding of what is possible and what is impossible and how this understanding is reflected in their counterfactual thinking—the thoughts of “what if” or “if only”.




Ian Campbell

Doctoral Student

Applied Human Development


Ian is a doctoral student in the Applied Human Development Ph.D. program. He is interested in how children decide who to trust, engage in critical thinking, and process important information while learning. Currently, his research focuses on how children view and trust text-based sources of information.


Kelly Cui

Doctoral Student

Applied Human Development


Kelly is a doctoral student in the Human Development Program. She is broadly interested how children learn from and interact with other people, and how parent-child interaction and cultural context influence this process. Currently she is working on a project linking children’s teaching behavior to their selective learning in both US and China.


Ellie Castine

Doctoral Student

Counseling Psychology


 Ellie is a doctoral student in Counseling Psychology. Her research interests broadly focus on children’s development of critical thinking skills. More specifically, she is interested in the development of race based judgments. Ellie hopes this study will increase our understanding of the ways in which children learn about race and how we can teach in a way that minimizes the development of racial stereotypes.


Amanda Haber

Doctoral Student

Applied Human Development


Amanda is a doctoral student in the Applied Human Development Ph.D. program. Her research interests broadly focus on how children’s early learning is shaped by their social context, with a strong commitment to developing practical classroom applications. More specfically, Amanda is interested in parent-child interactions, as they relate to early literacy and language development and teacher-child relationships, specifically related to how inquiry-based learning and instruction influences children’s early social and cognitive development.


Sona Kumar

Doctoral Student

Applied Human Development


Sona is a first year doctoral student in Applied Human Development. She is broadly interested in how children develop an understanding of their social worlds and identities through interactions with parents and teachers. Currently, she is exploring why a gender achievement gap exists in STEM subjects and how stakeholders like parents and teachers can help to minimize this gap. 




Jenna Alton


Jenna graduated from St. John’s College, Annapolis, in 2016 with a double major in Philosophy and The History of Math and Science. She is broadly interested in how a child’s social world influences their thinking, learning, and behavior as a child and into adulthood primarily in regard to social categories. She hopes to pursue social cognitive developmental psychology in graduate school.




Mercedes Muñoz

Mercedes Muñoz is a first year undergraduate student studying Psychology. After graduation, she hopes to go on to graduate school for Clinical Psychology and carry out her work within immigrant communities. 


Samantha Barbero

Sam is an undergraduate student majoring in Psychology and minoring in Spanish. She is excited to be able to participate in research that contributes to helping people better understand themselves and the world around them. She is especially interested in how early childhood experiences and parental interactions effect children as they develop, and how language and culture play a role.


Ryan Gildersleeve

Ryan is a sophomore studying Psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences. She is especially interested in social and developmental psychology and has always enjoyed working with kids — she is excited at the opportunity to combine both of these interests as an RA in the SLL!


Petal Samrow

Petal is a sophomore studying neuroscience and psychology on the premed track. She loves to work with children and upon graduation hopes to attend medical school to pursue a career as a pediatric neurologist.


Chloe Yang

Chloe is a senior student studying Psychology and Japanese. She has a broad research interest ranging from the gender difference of expression categorization to immersive learning using VR and AR. After graduation, she hopes to pursue master degree in cognitive psychology.


Katherine Yu

Katherine is a first-year student studying Psychology. She is interested in how cultural influences affect children's cognitive development. After graduation, she hopes to attend graduate school to have a deeper understanding of the field.


Hyo Jin (Jenny) Shin

Jenny is a sophomore studying Health Science with a pre-med track in the Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. After graduation, she plans to work in the field of Public Health focusing mainly on distributing health care services and education to those who lack access and who are discriminated by the society.


Abby Mack

Abby Mack is a Senior studying Psychology and Advertising. She is currently working at the SLL as a Public Relations Assistant. She hopes to combine these two fields and after graduation work in the Consumer Psychology field, learning how advertising and psychology impact one another.


Craig Venezia

Craig is an undergraduate sophomore studying Biology and Psychology.  Upon graduation, he hopes to attend medical school to pursue a career in primary care pediatric medicine.


Shan Wan

Shan is a senior studying psychology and Japanese. Her current research interest focuses on the role of authority and reasoning in children's trust issue. She hopes to pursue PhD in developmental psychology upon graduation and research more about children's imagination. 


Ben Atlas

Ben is a sophomore majoring in Psychology. He is interested in studying social development in children in order to understand how individuals can perform best in a work space. After graduation, he plans to pursue a career in Industrial-Organizational Psychology.

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Elise De Bethmann

Elise is a Senior studying Psychology with a minor in Medical Anthropology. After graduation, she plans on working back home in New York doing market research, and ultimately pursuing further education the field of psychology.


Meghan Conlin

Meghan is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences studying psychology and education. She is especially interested in social and developmental psychology and hopes to pursue a career in school psychology upon graduation.


Minghui Wang

Minghui is a Master student studying psychology. She is interested in how children learn from the fictional world. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a PhD in developmental psychology and learn more about children's learning.

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Elise Reehl

Elise is a freshman majoring Psychology in the College of Arts and Science. She is excited to start her first real research opportunity at the SLL. Her passion for working with children makes this lab the perfect place for her.


Yijuan Zhu

I am a junior studying Psychology and Dance. I am interested in how distinctive parent interaction across various culture effect early childhood development differently. After graduation, I hope to pursue master degree in clinical psychology.

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Sierra Hansen

Sierra is a freshman studying psychology at Boston University. She is interested in the thought processes of children and how they choose who to respect. After graduation, Sierra hopes to possibly earn her PhD and/or to become a child life specialist.


Claire Manley

Claire is a freshman studying psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences. After graduation, she is planning on attending graduate school to earn her PsyD and pursue a career in a clinical psychology, focusing on in child psychology and pediatric therapy.  


Mackenzie Conner

Mackenzie is a Senior studying Psychology and Sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences. She is especially interested in both developmental and social psychology as it relates to children. Mackenzie has worked with kids in many settings and is excited to continue this work by assisting with research in the Social Learning Lab. After graduation, Mackenzie plans to continue her education.


Elizabeth Terilli

Elizabeth is a sophomore studying Psychology with a minor in Spanish. She is excited to engage in research and learn more about children’s cognitive development. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology.

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Leticia Deoliveira

Leticia is an undergraduate student in the College of Arts and Science majoring in Psychology. She plans on continuing her studies after graduation and focusing on clinical psychology. She enjoys working with children. In this SLL she plans on gaining more experience and seeing how children develop at a deeper level.


Sabrina Bencik

Sabrina is currently a sophomore studying Early Childhood Education. She loves children, their learning, and being able to learn from them. After graduation, she hopes to use her research experiences to better craft her teaching practice as an international educator, and ultimately shape thoughtful school communities through education administration roles in the U.S.


Claudia Devlin

Claudia is a senior majoring in Psychology with a focus on Counseling.  She is particularly interested in studying how individuals and families cope with adversity in the forms of loss and chronic illness when she is working toward a PhD and goes into the field.  She is looking forward to learning more about how children view the world through her work in the lab.


Elaina Bowman

Elaina is a rising senior who studies the Great Books program at St. John's College. In general, she is curious about the human consciousness and how beings begin to understand individuality through a social world. She wants to explore how certain social and cultural influences dictate children's' experiences of emotion and identity. She hopes to pursue graduate work in developmental psychology. For now though, you can probably find her passionately dancing in public to her favorite Xiu Xiu album and/or avidly rewriting Thom Wasluck fragments in her journal.


Emerald Kao

Emerald is a junior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Philosophy. She would love to learn more about the influence of different teaching styles on children's development in the SLL lab. After graduation, she hopes to go on to graduate school for Clinical Psychology. 


Samuel Berrettini

Sam is a sophomore studying liberal arts at St. John's College. He's interested in the intersection of social life and the life of the mind, and plans to pursue a career in social psychology after graduation.


David Vega

David is a rising senior at BU studying Psychology. His plan is to attend graduate school at some point to expand his knowledge in the field. He enjoys working with children and hopes to turn it into a career in the future.


Molly Raddant

Molly is a junior studying psychology with a minor in French in the College of Arts and Sciences. After graduating she hopes to pursue a graduate degree in clinical psychology. She is particularly interested in the development of gender through social learning. 


Purnima Seshadri

Purnima is a senior pursuing a major in psychology and a minor in statistics. She is really excited to be a part of the research team in the Social Learning Lab! After graduation, she plans to go to graduate school and study clinical psychology. 


Dana Goldy

Dana is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences currently studying Psychology. She is interested in developmental psychology and ultimately would like to work with adopted children or children within the foster care system. 


Alexis Roberts

Alexis is an undergraduate Senior studying Early Childhood Education. She is pursuing a career in the teaching field and is excited to use her experience at the Social Learning Lab to deepen her understanding of child development.


Nikita Joshi

Nikita is a sophomore studying Psychology. She is interested in clinical, developmental, and social psychology and is looking forward to the research opportunities the Social Learning Lab has to offer! 


Cristina Cortes

Cristina is a Senior earning her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology. She is broadly interested in disorders of children and adolescence, specifically the effects of trauma on development. After graduation, she plans to gain experience in the field for a few years before obtaining her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (PsyD). Eventually, she hopes to open a private practice out of her home and aid children and families experiencing multiple adversities.


Mira LaRocca

Mira is a rising Senior in High School at Concord Academy. She is interested in pursuing possible careers in biology and psychology. She is particularly fascinated by the epigenetic effects of traumatic experiences in childhood. Mira loves working with children and is grateful for this amazing opportunity do to hands-on research. 


Nicholas Botsolis

Nicholas is a graduate student currently studying theology whose undergraduate experience is in Human Development.  His interests include the connections between the psychological and theological understanding of the human person, specifically, how individuals derive a sense of purpose and meaning within life. He also hopes to apply to Ph.D. programs in either Clinical or Counseling Psychology.


Emily Lin

Emily is a sophomore majoring in psychology at Boston University. She is interested in how children learn socially and academically and how adults can facilitate this learning process. After college, Emily is interested in pursuing a career in nursing or occupational therapy, possibly with a pediatric specialty. She hopes that her experience at the SLL will strengthen her research skills and help her better understand children's cognition to prepare her for these future careers. 


Catherine Zhao

Catherine has just received her master’s degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is interested in the social and cognitive development of children. She hopes to pursue further studies in this area. 


Olivia Soyeon Kim

Olivia is majoring in psychology. She is interested in how loving relationships affect children’s motivation. She is planning on going to graduate school to learn more about motivational psychology. Working in the he Social learning is her first lab experience, and she is excited to expand her passions and interests.  



All our alumni have followed diverse and interesting paths since working at the Social Learning Lab. Here is a small taste of what our Alumni have done! This is current as of June 2018.

Postdoctoral Alumni

Jennifer Clegg – Senior Lecturer in the Psychology Department at Texas State University, Jennifer’s Personal Website 

Katie Leech - Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, Katie’s Personal Website


Doctoral Alumni


Katelyn Kurkul – Assistant Professor at Merrimack College, Katelyn’s Personal Website

Grace Min - Postdoctoral Fellow at Outreach Community Counseling Center and Meier Clinics Neuropsychology


Lab Manager Alumni

Emily Palmer

Amy Macmillan

Rosie Brett 

Teaching Assistant Alumni

Annie Leech

Cory Campbell

Undergraduate Research Assistant Alumni

Leah Mekler – Undergraduate studying psychology at Boston University.

Ajaycia Jackson

Gabby Direnzo

Aakansha Singh

Emily Breuer

Moses Ji

William Murphy

Hayley Perelman – Currently on the clinical psychology Ph.D. program at Illinois Institute of Technology.

Noemi Skala

Chritie Tansg – Working as a user experience designer at a consulting company solving complex design problems for mobile and desktop.

Taylor-Ann Green

Michael Li – Masters student in the MA/CAGS School Psychology program at University of Connecticut.  

Lauren Linn – A current undergrad senior who will be pursuing a Masters of Social Work on a Clinical Track specializing in Children, Adolescents, & Families come fall.

Pratima Patil

Rachel Oblath – Ph.D student in the Applied Human Development at BU, working in the Social Adjustment and Bullying Prevention Laboratory.

Rachel Bell – MPH student at UC Berkeley studying health and social behavior.

Maggie Zhang

Anna Shuqom

Stefanie Grossano

Avery Steele

Jason Chin – Lab manager at the Paluck Lab at Princeton University.

Jenna Benferhat – Volunteer in Lebanon with Belgian nonprofit Soutien Belge Overseas, teaching Syrian refugees English.

Carley Mirvis – Graduate student at Antioch University pursuing a masters in clinical psychology.

Paige Kessler – Senior at BU and working at Arbour HRI Psychiatric Hospital as a Mental Health Associate.

Amanda Haber – Current MA student in Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.

Sam Murray

Eliza Grossman

Maren Taylor

Melissa Capone – Clinical Research Coordinator at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Lauren Blackwell

Teresa Tam – Current MA student in the UK, doing a master’s degree in child and adolescent mental health at City of London University.

Stephanie Santos

Emily Peters – Graduate student at Columbia University’s Teachers College, studying School Psychology and Applied Behavior Analysis.

Jingyu Xi

Jiayi Zhong

Julia Bassin – Currently pursuing her Masters of Social Work at NYU, with an internship at an elementary school.

Olivia Calisi

Tanvi Dharp

Monica Abou-Ezzi

Marissa Inouye – In her junior year at BU, and working for Tufts Medical Center as a Medical Scribe working towards an EMT certification.

Danielle Fishbein – Senior studying Psychology and Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, and a research assistant at Child Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders.

Aarushi Talwar

Pelin Tozan

Teya Lovell

Huaiyu Liu

Julie Stern

Suzanna Hui

Sophia Hasson 

Fang Eleanor Yan

Nicole Lacasse

Julia McMahon

Angelica Concepcion

Janhavi Gadam

Fang Eleanor Yan

Matt Bandel

Amita Selchon

Andrea Maheras

Adam Bieda

Cat Baldwin

Isabelle Charles

Pelin Tozan

Kylee Hegary

Leah Mekler

Yasmin Almashouk

Youmna Jalkh

Hannah Carroll

Deniz Kizildag

Michelle Alessandro

Jahnavi DeSousa