Sohad Murrar received her Ph.D. of Social Psychology in 2018. Her interests are in group and inter-group processes involving prejudice and identity formation, cross-cultural group dynamics, social interventions and Entertainment Education. She received her B.A. from Northwestern University in Psychology and Asian & Middle East Studies in 2010 and her M.A. in the Social Sciences specializing in Comparative Human Development from the University of Chicago in 2011.
She now works as an assistant professor at Governors State University in Chicago.
Marna is a former Lab Manager for the Brauer Group Lab. She is primarily interested in studying prejudice, beliefs about controllability, and assumptions about social class based on appearance. She received her B.A. from Bard College in Psychology and Sociology, where she received the Andrew Jay Bernstein Memorial Award for best Psychology senior project. Her study, “Beliefs about Weight, Socioeconomic Status, and Controllability,” was featured in a poster session at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology conference.
Michael is a former Lab Manager for the Brauer Group Lab. He is primarily interested in studying cyberbullying, formation of norms in on online environment, and bicultural selves. He received his B.A. from University of Pennsylvania in East Asian Studies and East Asian Languages and Civilizations, and a M.A. from Stanford University in East Asian Studies.
Undergraduate Research Assistants
Channi graduated in May 2017 with a degree in psychology and philosophy. After spending a year in AmeriCorps working to address the graduation crisis in inner city schools, she decided to return to academia. In addition to her work in the lab, Channi is a TA for Research Methods and a GRE instructor for Kaplan. She plans on going to graduate school to study effective methods for increasing civil interactions among different groups. In her free time, Channi enjoys kickboxing, crocheting, cooking, reading, and playing board games.
Julian graduated from the University of Minnesota in December 2017 with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. He hopes to enroll in a graduate level psychology program in the future, but is currently taking time to volunteer in the lab while he narrows his research interests and learns more about the statistical analysis of psychological data. In his free time he enjoys exercising, attending live music events, and socializing.
Janiece is a Senior double majoring in Psychology and Sociology with a certificate in Educational Policy Studies. She is interested in how cognitive processes and social identity affect sense of belonging and group inclusion. Currently at UW, Janiece is a Fellow for the Undergraduate Research Scholars program, a House Fellow, and is a national Posse scholar. In her future, Janiece plans to continue on to graduate school to study post-secondary educational leadership and student affairs. In her spare time, Janiece enjoys gardening, attending live jazz performances, discussing social justice, being among nature, and playing with her hamster, Sammie.
Wenqi majored in Psychology and Classical Humanities, with a certificate in Criminal Justice. Wenqi is really interested in rehabilitation and working with people related to the system in the future. She has interned at Mendota Mental Health Institute and hopes to continue a career down the mental health path. She also hopes to continue onto graduate school and become a therapist from there. She enjoys drawing and exploring nature.
Jonathan majored in Psychology with a certificate in Entrepreneurship. He plans on going to graduate school to learn more about different realms of psychology, especially neurological and social. He enjoys learning about why people are the way they are, and being able to help them apply meaning to their lives and empower them whenever possible. On campus, he is a Powers-Knapp Scholar, in Psychology Club, Latinx Badgers, Badger SPILL, and the Latinx Student Union. During his leisure, he enjoys reading philosophy, lifting weights, discovering new music, and hanging out with friends.
Sam is majored in Psychology and Philosophy. He is interested in research involving various types of threats and their relationship with normative tightness. He was accepted as a Clinical Psychology doctoral student at Rosalind Franklin University. He will be researching cognitive and emotional mechanisms underlying psychopathy with Dr. Dave Kosson. His hobbies include playing sports, being with friends, and watching movies.
Joshua majored in Psychology and Legal Studies. He is interested in the role of social interactions on motivating/affecting one’s actions. After graduation he would like to go on to graduate school and potentially get a Psy.D in clinical psychology. His hobbies include sports, video games, traveling, and living with an active lifestyle.
Jenna majored in Psychology. She is interested in developmental and social psychology and hopes to work with kids in the future. She plans on pursuing a Master’s degree in Social Work or a PhD in clinical psychology. Jenna spent her second semester of junior year in Copenhagen, Denmark and hopes to take a break after college to travel more. She loves music, her dog and anything fashion related.
Andy majored in Psychology and Neurobiology. He is interested in studying social and clinical psychology and hopes to go to graduate school to continue studying clinical psychology. He currently works as a research assistant in the Nelson Lab at Nationwide Children’s Hospital studying social cognition in youth with epilepsy, the effects of prenatal marijuana exposure on attention networks in children, and the effects of hormone treatments on adolescents with gender dysphoria. He enjoys baking, playing tennis, watching sports, playing video games, and spending time with friends.
Jake majored in Psychology and Sociology. He is interested in social norm research, social reform, and exploring the relationships between the structural problems of society, and how they influence the individual. In his free time, he likes to write, watch movies, and bike along the lake.
Jen majored in Psychology with a certificate in Global Health. After graduation she is taking a gap year to have some fun and then hopes to pursue a career in medicine and implement skills she learns from this lab to promote diversity and the diminishment of stereotypes in her professional environment. She is very excited to be involved with this lab for the next semester up until she travels abroad to Barcelona, Spain. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her friends, eating Thai food, watching movies, going to concerts, binging tv shows, and singing along to almost any song despite her lack of singing ability.
Lorraine majored in Psychology and Economics. She is interested in studying cultural diversity, the relationship between social interaction and prejudice, and how cultural background influences and shapes people’s personality. She was accepted into the Human Development Psychology program in Harvard Graduate School of Education. She loves music, photography, and traveling.
Abby majored in Psychology. She is very passionate about the research interests of the lab, especially with issues related to diversity and prejudice. Abby plans to pursue research about well being and stress/coping in the future. She was accepted into the Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology Clinical Psychology program as a PsyD candidate. She enjoys hiking and camping, but also loves to binge-watch Netflix and cuddle her heated blanket.
Tyler majored in Psychology and Economics, and he is interested in how the social sciences can be used to improve individual and community well-being. After graduation, he is considering working as an academic advisor and may eventually attend graduate school to study clinical psychology. In his free time, Tyler enjoys playing tennis, reading, and staying up way too late having long conversations with friends.
Zaakir majored in Psychology and Marketing with a certificate in Criminal Justice. He is interested in exploring the different ways that discrimination presents itself and how the ability to hide minority status interacts with discrimination. He is part of the Working Class Student Union and Associated Students of Madison and is interested in using the information learned from this lab to make both of these bodies more attuned to the needs of minority students on campus. After graduation he plans on taking two years off before going to law school.
Vidushi majored in Psychology and Economics. She is interested in how cognitive processes and cultural difference influence consumer decision-making. She was accepted at Columbia University for a Masters in Social Work with a specialization in Health, Mental Health and Disabilities. She loves writing for The Badger Herald, dancing, traveling, trying new restaurants and binge watching TV shows.
Alex majored in Psychology with a certificate in Gender and Women’s studies. She is interested in research on social norms, prejudice, and mental health. She plans to go into Clinical or Counseling Psychology in the future. In her free time, she enjoys attending all kinds of Badger athletics, dancing, listening to music, and hiking and biking when the weather permits.
Tara majored in Psychology and Strategic Communications. She is interested in consumer psychology, industrial-organizational psychology, and social psych and will would like to attend grad school for one of these after gaining more work experience. In her free time she enjoys active endeavors, traveling, baking, and spending time with family. She spent last semester studying in Cape Town, South Africa.
Morgan majored in Psychology and Marketing. She is currently most interested in consumer psychology and social marketing. Specifically, she would like to understand how media and advertising affect consumers’ emotions and decision-making. After graduation, she would like to gain some experience working for a few years then go to grad school for market research. In her free time, she enjoys reading, going on vacation with her family, golfing, and going to movies.
Charlotta is an exchange student from Umeå University in Sweden who studied at UW-Madison. She is majoring in Psychology at a Master’s level in Sweden. She is interested in learning more about how we perceive others from a cognitive and social perspective. After graduating she is going to do one year of supervised clinical training in order to get her license as a clinical psychologist (Ph.D is not required in Sweden), and after that she is hoping to pursue a Ph.D. in either forensic or social psychology. In her free time she enjoys exploring the city of Madison and meeting all the friendly people of Wisconsin, hiking and yoga.
Kyle graduated UW-Madison Spring 2015 with a degree in Psychology. His research interests focus on social psychology, primarily non-verbal behavior and how it connects to bigger picture concepts such as how individuals are perceived, interpersonal communication, leadership, group dynamics, etc. He plans on pursuing a PhD within the next couple years. He enjoys writing/playing music, adventuring outdoors, and traveling whenever he has free time.
Elisa majored in Psychology and Spanish. She is interested in the role a person’s culture and ethnicity has in shaping the way they see the world and interact with others both inside their respective social groups and with others of differing backgrounds. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school to study Industrial-Organization Psychology. In her free time, she enjoys reading, going to museums, and hanging out with friends.
Yannan majored in Psychology. She is interested in studying practical approaches to reducing prejudice in real life, and she wishes to study this topic from a cross-cultural perspective. She also wishes to learn about the different methodologies used in the field of social psychology. She is currently a grad student at the University of California Irvine. In her free time she likes to cook, read, and go running.
Ashley majored in Psychology. She is interested in understanding social interactions that shape how people behave and think, and impact the quality of life. She wants to pursue a Ph.D in clinical psychology after graduation. She hopes to help individuals who may struggle with their psychological/mental problems but do not realize the sources of dysfunction can be sometimes treated with support. She loves watching movies, traveling, and discussing social issues with friends.
Leah studied Psychology and Criminal Justice with plans to, eventually, advocate for youth as a juvenile court therapist. She is currently studying Marriage and Family Therapy at Fairfield University. She is personally interested in learning more about the salience of group identities. In her free time she enjoys the outdoors, writing, and cooking.
Maham majored in Psychology and Philosophy. She has always been fascinated with different personalities; how they are shaped and influenced by our environment and major life events. She hopes to go to grad school to be able to do research within the realms of social psychology, and then engage with young impressionable minds as a college professor. In her free time, she loves writing for the daily cardinal, listening to classic rock music, traveling and experiencing new things.
Hanna majored in Psychology and Elementary Education with a minor in ESL and a certificate in leadership. As a future teacher, she is interested in how educational institutions shape students’ behaviors and thoughts towards others. After graduation, Hanna hopes to jump right into teaching abroad while attaining her Master’s degree. In her very little free time, Hanna loves volunteering at a local middle school, as well as binge watching her favorite shows on Netflix and taking long afternoon naps.
Aaron majored in Psychology and earned a certificate in Health Care Management. He is interested in emotional intelligence and how being part of a social group plays a role in decision making. He is pursuing a masters in Social Work at the University of Texas. In his free time he likes to play sports, travel and watch TV.
Austin majored in Psychology. He plans on going to med school and practice psychiatry. He is interested in studying norm formation and people’s reactions to norm transgressions. In his free time he likes to read and play video games. He also likes to go camping.
Lydia majored in Psychology and Communication Arts. She is interested in the effects of social behaviors of various cultures and how they are shaped. She now attending graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania.
Julia majored in Psychology. She was accepted into Northwestern’s Human Development and Social Policy doctoral program. In her free time, she likes reading, dancing, and being outdoors.
Tayler majored in Psychology. She is interested in learning about consumer psychology and using the field of psychology to promote prosocial behavior. After graduation, she hopes to attend graduate school and further her learning on consumer psychology.
Devonna majored in Psychology, with a certificate in Gender and Women Studies. She is interested in looking at representations and indicators of prejudice in our daily lived experience. Her future goal is to go onto graduate school and obtain a degree in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Forensic Psychology.
Rachel worked in the lab from Fall of 2012 to Winter of 2013. She received her BA in Psychology with a certificate in LGBT Studies.
Hannah majored in Psychology and Com Arts. She is interested in how media psychologically effects us and how psychology could potentially benefit what is shown in the media. Hannah obtained her MBA and now works with a talent agency in LA.
Tim majored in Psychology at UW-Madison. He is interested in free will, and how our beliefs about free will can affect behavior. Tim is considering pursuing a PhD in social psychology.
Molly majored in Psychology and Political Science. She is interested in how group membership affects political decisions. Molly would like to go to graduate or law school after graduation.