Current Graduate Students

Dr. Laurie O’Brien is currently working with two Ph.D. students and two Master’s students. More information about her students and their interests can be found below. Feel free to contact any graduate student with questions regarding the Social Perception Lab, the current research projects in the lab, or information about Tulane and the Psychology Doctoral Program as a whole.

Danica Kulibert, M.S.

Danica is a third-year Ph.D. student working with Dr. Laurie O’Brien and the current lab manager for the Social Perceptions Lab. She earned both her B.S. in Psychology and her M.S. in Cognitive and Affective Psychology from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Her area of research focuses on attitudes towards sexual harassment and factors impacting people’s perceptions of sexual harassment claims. More generally, she is interested in intergroup relations and how factors (e.g., perspective-taking, social interactions, knowledge) can potentially change attitudes and behaviors between different social groups. You can learn more about Danica’s work by viewing her CV. If you would like to know more about project’s she is currently involved in, feel free to email her at

Sally Merritt, B.S.

Sally is a fifth-year Ph.D. student in Dr. Laurie O’Brien’s lab and Dr. Janet Rusher’s lab. If you would like to know more about project’s she is currently involved in, feel free to check out her CV or email her at

Maya Cohen

Maya is 4+1 student working on her Master’s in Psychology. She began working in Dr. O’Brien’s lab in the spring of 2018 and is currently leading an experiment about the social acceptability of prejudice in online profiles. To find out more about her current work, you can view her resume or contact her at

Emily Ramier

Emily is a 4+1 student from Toronto, Canada, who is completing her Master’s in Psychology. Her interests focus on workplace psychology, specifically leadership development. To find out more about Emily’s interests, please feel free to view her CV or contact her at