Current Research Assistants

Peter Reinke

Pete is a Senior majoring in Psychology, with a leadership certificate. He is planning on going on to graduate school to earn a PhD in school psychology. Pete is very interested in social psychology and the power of group affiliation on individuals, specifically concerning in-group/out-group bias. Pete is also currently involved on campus as an Undergraduate Teaching Fellow and as a Coordinator for the Student Leadership Program.

Almira Khan

Almira is a Senior majoring in Psychology with certificates in Gender and Women Studies as well as Entrepreneurship. She has a new found interest in social justice and wants to find ways to get more into grassroots work. She is also interested in intersectionality and how having different identities changes the way you may experience interpersonal interactions as well as environmental interactions. She is a Social Justice intern at the Multicultural Student Center as well as an Outreach Chair for Multiracial Student Union. She also works for the UW Department of Medicine. She loves being with the people that she loves, lifting at the gym, and spending time outside.

Emma Lai

Emma is a Junior majoring in Economics-Math Emphasis, Psychology, and Religious Studies. She is interested in the way humans make choices, and how behavior and beliefs influence those choices. Fascinated by the relationship between identity and productivity, she hopes to someday better understand the mechanisms by which they are correlated. Around campus, Emma is the Vice President and High School Outreach Chair for Women in Economics, Digital Coordinator at the Center for Religion and Global Citizenry, a WUD Film member, and a Badger SPILL volunteer. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, practicing piano, and reading philosophy.

Nakita Xiong

Nakita is a Junior majoring in Psychology with certificates in Public Health and Religious Studies. She is interested in social psychology and how affiliations with social groups affects the way we think and interact. In the future, she hopes to work in Public Health Administration to help address health inequities for underrepresented groups. On campus, she is involved in the Chancellor’s Scholars Program, HOSA: Future Health Professionals, and Circle K. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with her family, reading, and binge watching shows on Netflix.

Michael Ni

Michael is a Junior majoring in Psychology and Human Resource. Michael is fascinated by the interplay between these subjects in fields such as industrial/organizational psychology and behavioral economics. He is interested in how organizational structure, social norms, and diversity management affect productivity, job satisfaction, and other outcomes. He hopes to pursue a graduate degree in I/O Psychology and learn insights into the dynamics within the workplace.

Aiman Shafiq

Aiman is a Junior majoring in pre-health Neurobiology and Psychology with a certificate in Gender and Women Studies. She is interested in diversity and prejudice in various groups and how an individuals’ thoughts, feelings and behavior are intertwined with their diverse social environments. She is also fascinated with psychology concerned gender and how gender roles are appropriated and affect different groups and their interactions. In the future, she hopes to incorporate pro-diversity and inclusion initiatives into the healthcare environment. Aiman is an active member of the Associated Students of Madison and the Equity and Inclusion Committee and works on campaigns that address the various needs of minority students around campus. In her free time she likes to watch Korean dramas, read, play with her cat, and try new foods with friends.

Nicole Hendry

Nicole is a Junior studying Psychology at UW-Madison.  This is her first year in the Brauer Group Lab.  On campus she is a Badger Volunteer Team Leader and a Writing Fellow.  Nicole’s interests fall broadly under the realm of social psychology and she hopes to pursue a career in academia in the future.  In her spare time she enjoys reading, coffee shops, and creative projects.

Claudia Lowe

Claudia is a Graduate from the University of Sydney in Australia, where she majored in Psychology. She has a broad interest in social psychology and wants to develop a further understanding of psychological practices in a research setting. Claudia is specifically interested in how one’s belonging to a particular social group can influence their perception and behaviour, and the association with bias and discrimination. In her free time she enjoys spending time with friends, drinking coffee, going to the beach and playing sports.

Isaac Siegel

Isaac is a Junior majoring in Psychology with a certificate in Health and the Humanities. He is interested in the alleviation of racial disparities in medical treatment, particularly in behavioral and mental health care. On campus, Isaac’s involvements include the GUTS Conversational English tutoring program and volunteering at Capitol Lakes Independent Living. In his free time, Isaac enjoys listening to music, reading great literature, and eating breakfast foods.

Insa Schaffernak

Insa is a Junior majoring in Psychology and joining the Brauer Group Lab as an exchange student from the University of Freiburg, Germany. She has a broad interest in social psychological topics ranging from prosocial behavior to stereotypes and is especially fascinated by means to accomplish behavioral change. After graduation she plans on going to graduate school. At her home university, she is an active member of the Psychology Student Council and represents the interests of the Freiburg Psychology student body nationwide. Insa is also part of the Fulbright network and hopes to contribute to international understanding during her exchange year. In her free time, she enjoys Zumba, hiking and cooking with friends.

Benjamin Brown

Ben is a Graduate from the University of Wisconsin, Madison where he majored in Political Science and Communication Arts. His experience working in the Wisconsin State Senate has brought about an interest in social psychology, particularly the interactions between various social/ideological groups. He is looking to gain an understanding of the principles of group psychology, as well as an introduction to academic research. In his free time he enjoys spending time with friends, playing video games, and watching TV.