Postdoctoral Researchers

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Ph. D., University of Texas, 2015
e-mail: bolivarr@ucr.edu

 

Dr. Boli Reyes-Jaquez is a Developing Belief Network postdoctoral researcher. He studies human development, with a focus on how cognitive, social, and cultural factors influence two fundamental domains of social evaluation: competence and morality. Before joining the team at UCR, he obtained a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2015. After spending the next two years teaching in the Dominican Republic as a visiting scholar while fulfilling requirements of a Fulbright fellowship, he returned to the U.S. as a President’s postdoctoral research fellow at University of Minnesota, working with Dr. Melissa Koenig. His most recent work examined in different cultures children’s moral judgments of power abuse in the form of bribery; current interests include testing whether at some point in development concepts like moral fallibility (e.g., overstepping one’s authority) are deemed uniquely human, or also applicable to supernatural agents.

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Dr. Kara Weisman is the postdoctoral research director of the Developing Belief Network. She studies intuitive theories, conceptual change, and folk philosophy of mind, with particular attention to the ways these conceptual representations do and do not vary across development, across cultural settings, and across individuals. Before joining the team at UCR, she completed a Ph.D. in psychology at Stanford University and was a postdoctoral researcher in the Stanford anthropology department working on the Mind & Spirit Project, a large-scale collaboration between anthropologists and psychologists studying how cultural models of the mind shape spiritual experiences across a range of cultural and religious settings.

Ph. D., Stanford, 2019
e-mail: karaw@ucr.edu
Personal Website

Current Graduate Students

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Courtney Baugh is a sixth-year graduate student in the Developmental area of the Psychology Department at UCR.  Her research interests include how, why, and what children learn from media, and the role that feelings of similarity play in relating to and learning from media characters.  She is currently involved in a study that is looking at how children identify with media characters, and how that affects prosocial learning.  She holds a B.A. in Psychology and Child Development from California State University, Stanislaus, and an M.A. in Developmental Psychology from University of California, Riverside.

Office: Psychology Building 2131
Email: cgran006@ucr.edu
Curriculum Vitae
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Ali Conover is a fourth-year graduate student in the Developmental area of the Psychology Department at UCR. Her research interests include children’s understanding of religious concepts across multiple religious affiliations and the role of religious rituals as an emotion-regulation strategy. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach.

Office: Psychology Building 2131
Email: alisha.conover@email.ucr.edu
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Brianna Cabrera is a third-year graduate student in the Developmental area of the Psychology Department at UCR. She is rejoining the lab after earning her B.A. in Psychology from UCR in Spring 2018. Her research interests include the emergence of religious stereotypes in early childhood as well as the effects those stereotypes may play on children’s moral reasoning within peer interactions.

Office: Psychology Building 2129
Email: brianna.cabrera@email.ucr.edu
Curriculum Vitae
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Hea Jung Lee is a third-year graduate student in the Developmental area of the Psychology Department at UCR. Her research interests include how imagination and fantasy belief may influence children’s understanding of social relationships. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Wellesley College.

Office: Psychology Building 2129
Email: heajung.lee@email.ucr.edu

Current Research Assistants

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Ashley Marin is a first-year graduate student in the Developmental area of the Psychology Department at UCR. She is rejoining the lab after being a research assistant during her undergraduate studies and earning her B.S in Psychology from UCR in Spring 2021. Her current research interests include how children learn to conceptualize abstract beliefs and ideas associated with religion and also expands on how early religious engagement benefits health and well-being. 

Office: Psychology Building 2129
Email: amari015@ucr.edu

Administrative Staff

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Research Administrator

Carole Meyer-Rieth is a graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles (BA, Psychology) with over twenty years of professional experience in academic administrative support, event planning, graphic design, and project management.  As a trustee of a private foundation since 2011, Carole is experienced in grants administration and has an ongoing role in local, national, and global philanthropy as a member of Southern California Grantmakers and the Council on Foundations.

Current Research Assistants

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Marlen Gonzalez Duran

Class of 2022
Department of Psychology
Project: Explanatory Systems

Class of 2021
Department of Neuroscience
Project: Development of Religious Cognition

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Jennifer Hoang

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Ashley Marin

Class of 2021
Department of Psychology
Project: Explanatory Systems

Class of 2020
Department of Psychology
Project: Development of Religious Cognition

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Taylor Martin del Campo

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Roger Morales

Class of 2021
Department of Psychology
Project: Explanatory Systems

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Sarah Panameño

Class of 2021
Department of Psychology
Project: Explanatory Systems

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Laura Posada

Class of 2017 (University of California, Riverside); B.A in Psychology
Paid Field Researcher for Explanatory Systems in Medellin, Colombia (August 2018 – Present);
Paid Research Assistant for Development of Religious Cognition (May 2018 – August 2018)
Undergraduate Research Assistant for Development of Religious Cognition (2015 – 2017)

Class of 2021
Department of Psychology
Project: Development of Religious Cognition

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Rasneek Singh

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Preeti Sivakumar

Class of 2022
Department of Psychology
Project: Perceived Similarity and Theory of Mind

Class of 2021
Department of Psychology
Project: Development of Religious Cognition

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Anthony Zafra