Bryan West

Bryan West

PhD Student in Social Psychology

Cornell University

I am a fourth-year PhD student in social psychology working with David Pizarro, Tom Gilovich, and Melissa Ferguson. My research interests focus on how moral judgment, political ideology, and religious belief interact with and influence one another, and the ways in which those relationships impact intergroup behavior, social change, and how we perceive others.

Prior to starting my graduate work at Cornell, I completed a post-baccalaureate certificate in Psychology & Social Behavior at UC Irvine, where I worked with Jacqueline Chen, Paul Piff, Pete Ditto, and Azim Shariff.


  • Moral Judgment
  • Political Ideology
  • Religious Belief
  • Social Inequality
  • Social Change
  • Person Perception


  • PhD in Social Psychology, 2023 (expected)

    Cornell University

  • MA in Social Psychology, 2020

    Cornell University

  • Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Psychology & Social Behavior, 2016

    UC Irvine

  • BA in Music (cello performance & music composition), 2010