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.
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.
Aastha Joshi is a Master's in Data Science student at the Fu Foundation School of Engineering & Applied Science. She has completed a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and is interested in the ethical use of applied data science for research. She is also an executive board member of the Graduate Society of Women Engineers (GradSWE) Columbia University chapter and promotes the greater participation of women in STEM related fields.
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.
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.
Ruoyuan Shen is a full-time Master’s student in Social-Organizational Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her academic interests include organizational effectiveness, organization change & design, team dynamics, and people analytics. Outside Columbia, Ruoyuan is an evening devision piano student at The Juilliard School.
Sally MyungJin Shin is a full-time student pursuing a Master's degree in Applied Analytics at Columbia University. Her research interests include happiness, word of mouth, and persuasive effects of emotions on consumers' judgments and decisions. Building on her experience at BRL and part time research with marketing professors, Sally seeks to pursue a PhD in Consumer Behavior Marketing.
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.