Our lab research assistants are inquisitive and hard-working students from the Columbia University community. Please see below for brief biographies of our RA team.
Nilima Ajaikumar is a full-time student pursuing a Master’s degree in Organizational Psychology at Columbia University. She has extensive experience working in the human capital consulting space and holds a Master’s degree in International Business and a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. Nilima’s academic interests include people analytics, organizational design & effectiveness and data-driven employee experience management.
Sanjana Dugad is a second year Clinical Psychology Masters student at Teachers College, Columbia University. She works as a research assistant at NYSPI; Lab for Clinical and Developmental Studies; & Richardson Lab. Her research interests include studying about human motivation and intent, personality and mood disorders. By gaining this research experience at BRL and TC, Sanjana is preparing to apply for her PhD.
Shreya Jha is currently a student of social-organizational psychology at Columbia University. In her undergraduate years, she studied architecture and psychology- the intersection of these two fields directed her towards her current research interests, which include organizational red tape, bureaucracy, serial innovation and related group dynamics. Her short term goals include pursuing a PhD while keeping her grades and motivation up in the air.
Na Hye (Laurel) Kim is a sophomore and Jack Kent Cooke scholar at Columbia College who plans to major in East Asian Language and Business Management. In addition to competing on Columbia's Model United Nations Travel team, she is serving as a Teach for America Ambassador and writes for CORE Impulse. Intellectually, she is interested in the influence of culture on decision-making and data visualization. Outside of college, she loves visiting museums and trying out food from various cultures.
Ting An (Cathy) Lai is a master's student in Quantitative Methods in Social Sciences at GSAS. Before attending Columbia University, she worked as a research assistant on issues about youth health decision and social media representation. Her research interest lies in new media, technology wellbeing, and behavioral decision. When she's not working, she enjoys stage reading acting and swimming.
Yuxuan (Michael) Mao is a full-time Master’s student in Operations Research. Before attending Columbia, he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, which gives him an edge in doing data mining and data visualization to provide insights for business. His research interests also include behavioral finance and consumer psychology. Outside Columbia, he is an enthusiast in soccer and sports climbing.
Stephanie Zhu is a senior at Columbia University in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. She is majoring in Operations Research and minoring in Psychology. Her research interests include Consumer Behavior, Marketing, and Judgement and Decision Making. On campus, she is the Treasurer of the Columbia Undergraduate Consulting Club. Her hobbies include filmmaking, ballet, and photography.
Valeria Viazmytynova is a senior at Columbia University in the School of General Studies. She is majoring in Psychology and Political Science. Before coming to Columbia, she attended medical college in Cambridge, UK. Her primary research areas include individual and group decision making, social and organizational psychology, and behavioral game theory. She is interested in the application of decision architecture tools in politics, marketing and business. After graduation she is planning to work at one of the major consulting companies in United States, get a valuable experience and make great social networks. Outside of college, she trains service dogs for people with disabilities and helps dogs to find new homes.