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The Team


Katherine McAuliffe

Principal Investigator   

Born in Italy and raised all over the world, Katherine began her academic career interested in evolutionary anthropology, but quickly became fascinated by the cooperative behaviors of children. Her work aims to understand the uniqueness of human cooperation and how it varies between different human populations and different species. Katie has studied Meerkats, Dolphins, Capuchin Monkeys, Dingos, Gorillas, Cleaner Fish, and many other species. 


Gorana Gonzalez

Lab Coordinator                  

Received a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology from the University of Florida and has been part of the lab since May 2016.


Lily Tsoi

Graduate Student

 As a fifth-year graduate student in the Morality Lab at Boston College, Lily is interested in theory of mind and its role in social interactions across different contexts. She has been collaborating with the lab since June 2016.


Sophia Martin

Honor Thesis Student

Senior at Boston College majoring in Psychology. Member since Fall 2016 and currently working on her thesis research project. 


Katie Lamirato

Honor Thesis student

Senior at Boston College who recently returned from a study abroad experience in Ecuador. She has been a member since Spring 2017 and is currently developing her thesis reseach topic. 



Oriella Mansur

Research Assistant

Junior at Boston College majoring in Psychology.


Charlotte Rivard

Research Assistant

Senior at Boston College majoring in Psychology.


Quinlan Taylor

Research Assistant

Junior at Boston college majoring in Psychology and Asian Studies.


Alex Bailey

Post-baccalaureate scholar

Recently graduated from Boston College with a B.S. in Psychology with a clinical concentration.


Sophie Arnold

Research Assistant

Visiting senior thesis student from the University of Chicago majoring in Psychology. 


Lillian Hammer

Summer Research Assistant

Senior at Hendrix College and  a Murphy Scholar in Literature and Language majoring in Psychology with a minor in German language.



Benjamin Wittenberg

Summer Research Assistant

Senior at Tufts University majoring in Quantitative Economics with a minor in Finance. 


Daniel Gil

Summer Research Assistant

Junior at Boston College majoring in Psychology with a minor in Hispanic Studies. 


Hogan Gagle


Senior at Eastern Kentucky University majoring in Psychology with a minor in Business.


Jay Garg

Summer Research Assistant

Rising junior at Newton South High School.


Zoë Elizee

Summer Research Assistant

Rising junior at Belmont High School.

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Heather Krasner

Summer Research Assistant

Rising Senior at Newton North High School.


Lab Alumni



4/29/2017- Congratulations to our very own Katie Lamirato for being awarded The Legacy Grant and the Advanced Study Grant for Thesis Research!

4/4/2017 - Lily Tsoi has received a Dissertation Fellowship from the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences for 2017-2018.

2/13/2017 - Christopher Cole, a former RA was accepted to DePaul University's PhD program in psychological sciences working with Dr. Sheila Krogh-Jespersen on researching the development of social competence

2/8/2017 - Dr. McAuliffe's review of human fairness was published in Nature Human Behaviour

1/27/2017 - Dr. McAuliffe was announced as a 2016 Rising Star by the American Psychological Society (APS)

12/9/2016 Katie McAuliffe was presented the award for the 2017 Early Career Research Contributions Award from the Society for Research in Child Development. Congratulations Katie!