Current Graduate Students

Dr. Laurie O’Brien is currently working with two Ph.D. students and one Master’s student. 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, A.B.D.

Danica is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate working with Dr. Laurie O’Brien in 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 current research focuses on the role of metaperceptions on attitudes towards political extremists and moderates and how these metaperceptions impact people’s willingness to express political opinions. She is also working on research that examines 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, metaperceptions, prototypes) 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 projects she is currently involved in, feel free to email her at or look her up on Twitter at @danicajk, Google Scholar, or on her website (

Tyler Waldon-Lee

Tyler is a second-year Ph.D. student in Dr. O’Brien’s lab. He earned his B.S. in psychology from Georgia Gwinnett College. His interests focus on the processes of stereotypes, prejudice, stigma, and discrimination and their impact on the criminal justice system, education, and intergroup relationships. If you would like to more about Tyler, please check out his CV or email him at

Maria Musumeci

Maria is a first year Ph.D. student working with Dr. Laurie O’Brien and Dr. Damian Murray. She earned her B.A. in psychology at Le Moyne College and her M.A. in experimental psychology at the University of Dayton. Her research interests include stereotypes, prejudice, and threat perceptions. If you would like to know more about Maria’s work, please email her at, or see her CV.  

Anisah Sahibul

Anisah is a graduate student in the 4+1 Master of Science in Psychological Science program. Her current research interests lie in investigating the effects of race and mental illness status on perceptions of moral culpability and dehumanization. You can learn more about Anisah’s academic, research, and work experiences by viewing her CV.