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.
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.
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.
Ariunzaya Oktyabri is a junior at Columbia College majoring in Economics-Mathematics. Outside the classroom, she is a staff editor for Columbia Economic Review and volunteers as a research assistant in the fields of Behavioral and Development Economics. After finishing her degree, she is planning to attend graduate school in economics. In her free time, she enjoys reading books that discuss psychology and religion and watching historic tv-series.
Edmund Lam is a master’s student in Quantitative Methods in Social Sciences. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychological and Behavioral Sciences from the University of Cambridge. He is interested in social networks, social media, and how data and technology can inform decision-making. Skills: R, Python, Qualtrics, Data Visualization, Machine Learning
Giselle Cabrera-Arevalo is a junior majoring in Neuroscience and Behavior at Columbia College. Her research interests prioritize understanding the behavioral processes that underlie maladaptive behaviors in social contexts, as well as risky behavior in group decision making. She is proficient in Python, R, and SPSS software. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and volunteering both at a local youth refuge and as a tutor for ESL students.