Laura Elenbaas

Assistant Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Science

Department of Human Development and Family Science Research Area(s)

  • Culture and Diversity
  • Interpersonal Relations


Laura Elenbaas studies how children think about people, groups, and society. Her areas of expertise are social development, moral development, and the development of stereotypes and prejudice. She is especially interested in children’s perceptions, reasoning, and experiences of social inequality and social exclusion.

Laura joined Human Development and Family Science at Purdue in January 2023. She received her PhD from the University of Maryland in 2017 and was an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Rochester from 2017 to 2022. She received a 2021 Rising Star Award from the Association for Psychological Science and a 2023 Early Career Research Contributions Award from the Society for Research in Child Development. Her work has been funded by the W.T. Grant Foundation and the American Psychological Association.

Accepting graduate student applications for the December 1, 2023 deadline.


  • PhD, 2017, University of Maryland, Human Development
  • BA, 2008, University of Michigan, Psychology


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