Hayley D.


Hayley is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Harvard University Psychology Department working on discovering how stress, mood, and early-life experiences shape how we learn from rewards and punishments. Hayley graduated from Boston University with a double major in Psychology and Political Science. She then went on to receive her PhD in Psychology from Harvard University, where she researched how people’s beliefs about how much control they have over their environment can lead to cognitive biases through learning processes. Hayley’s research uses methods in computational modeling, reinforcement learning, and functional magnetic resonance imaging. While a graduate student, she won awards for both her research and teaching.

Hayley has experience teaching courses in statistics, social psychology, abnormal psychology, and affective science. She also has experience tutoring and mentoring one- on-one for structured courses, scientific research projects, thesis projects, and graduate program applications. Many of Hayley’s former mentees are now pursuing PhDs in psychology and neuroscience. Hayley is also passionate about mentorship more broadly, and has served on a number of committees and working groups at Harvard to help design and develop peer mentorship and academic mentorship programs.

In her spare time, you might find Hayley playing with her incredibly fluffy golden retriever, baking decorative sugar cookies, or trying out a new restaurant or recipe.

Education & Qualifications
  • Harvard University, PhD in Psychology
  • Harvard University, MA in Psychology
  • Boston University, BA in Psychology and Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Statistics & Probability
  • Graduate Admissions