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.
Zad ElMakkaoui is currently pursuing her masters candidate in Social-Organizational Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. Zad previously worked in social impact and philanthropy advising. She is interested in change management, organizational effectiveness, and leadership development. Zad holds a BA in Psychology from the American University of Beirut and is a CIPD certified L&D associate.
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.
Shariq Jumani is a sophomore and science research fellow at Columbia College who plans to major in Neuroscience and Behavior and Business Management. In addition to serving as a pro-bono consultant for 180 Degrees Consulting, Shariq is the founder of Synapse at Columbia. Intellectually, he is intrigued by the cognitive processes of decision-making. Outside of college, he enjoys the City's culture and sampling delicious cuisine.
Shayan Khan is a first-year at Columbia College, aiming to major in Economics and Mathematics and minor in History. On his journey to understand the rational and irrational behaviors and their implication on the world, he set out to seek answers through research. Outside of class, he is a musician, and a cook, and is actively involved with the Finance Committee of the Columbia College Student Council.
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.
Xiaorui Zhu is a master's student in Columbia University studying Applied Analytics. She is passionate about human-computer interaction and data visualization. After graduation, she plans to dive into user experience design field and focus on designing productivity tools for healthcare and education industries. She is one of the founders of Columbia Healthcare Analytics Association, and you can find her volunteering in various UX events outside of class.