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.

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.

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.

Zeyu Li

Zeyu is a Graduate student majoring in Statistics-Data Science. He graduated from Stony Brook University with a double major in Psychology and Applied Math. He is interested in promoting diversity, developing interventions to prevent discrimination, and how minority status affects personality, especially in sexual minority communities. In the future, he hopes to pursue a Ph. D. in Psychology and implement research findings to address the inequalities faced by minority groups. He has volunteered to help natural disaster victims and socioeconomically disadvantaged populations in Texas and Florida and has worked at the Child Care Center to help create an unbiased environment for the infants and toddlers. In his free time, he likes to listen to music, watch Netflix, and try different restaurants in Madison.