Research Group Leader
Laurel RaffingtonResearch Group Leader
Dr. Laurel Raffington’s research spans the fields of developmental psychology, genomics, and public health. Her research seeks to understand how systems of social inequality and genetically-influenced differences between people combine to shape differential outcomes of education, health, and well-being across the lifespan and across generations. Laurel has two kids and wants to help make the scientific community more inclusive to scholars from commonly underrepresented groups.
Muna AikinsPredoctoral Fellow
Muna Aikins’ academic background is in social science and human rights. Her doctoral research examines how experiences in childhood and adolescence tied to racism get under the skin to influence mental and physical health inequalities across the life span. Her research and work are based in Black communities’ activism and movements.
Deniz FraemkeStudent Assistant
Deniz Fraemke is a cognitive neuroscientist. He is interested in how cognitive development and educational attainments are influenced by the synergistic interplay between genetic variation and childhood socioeconomic inequalities. Deniz is committed to climate justice and sails across the globe in his remaining time.
Yayouk WillemsResearch Scientist
Dr. Yayouk Willems is a developmental psychologist and behavior geneticist. Her projects explore how genetic propensities affect self-control, substance use, and health within the constraints imposed by socially-stratified environments. Yayouk is a multidisciplinary thinker who aims to make science more actionable and comprehensive for policy makers and the general public.