Karen Levush is a PhD student in Human Development & Quantitative Methodology at the University of Maryland, College Park, conducting research in the Cognition & Development Lab. She is broadly interested in how people make sense of their social environment to decide whom and what to trust. One strand of her research investigates the developing ability to understand how information can be used strategically to manipulate others’ beliefs. The second examines how the nature of a group consensus impacts its perceived validity. Following graduation, Karen hopes to contribute to the research priorities of the intelligence community, bringing a developmental perspective to the study of dis/misinformation identification and mitigation.