Research Assistants

In alphabetical order

Abdullah Marei

Abdullah is a junior majoring in Psychology. He is interested in clinical and social psychology and hopes to attain a PhD in clinical psychology after graduation. He is interested in studying how intergroup behaviors are influenced by factors such as descriptive norms and how that could lead to different interpersonal interactions. On campus, Abdullah is involved in the NAMI club and volunteers in the GUTS program. In the future, Abdullah wants to return to the Middle East with his education in order to destroy the stigma around mental illnesses and normalize seeking treatment through practicing psychotherapy in his private clinic there, publishing a book and starting an Arabic talk show about mental health. In his free time, he loves meditating and playing the piano.

Alisha Jones

Alisha is a senior studying cultural anthropology at UW. In general, she is interested in studying group behavior at the cultural, social, and psychological levels. Having an interdisciplinary background is important to her, as she hopes to use her breadth of knowledge to help combat human/civil rights issues in her career. In her free time, Alisha likes learning languages, dancing, and spending time with friends by the lake.

Alyssa Ronk

Alyssa is a senior majoring in Neurobiology. She plans on taking a gap year after graduation and then going to Physician Assistant School. She is mostly interested in behavioral and social psychology, more specifically concerning racial, ethnic, and sexual minorities as well as those in poverty with an interest in reducing discrimination against marginalized groups. Outside of the lab, she is the president of the Neuroscience Advocacy Program on campus, she works as a CNA at the Aurora BayCare Medical Center, and she volunteers at the Red Caboose Child Care Center. During her free time, she enjoys crocheting, painting, drawing, reading, running, and spending time with her loved ones.

Briley Rossitter

Briley is a junior double majoring in Psychology and Conservation Biology with a certificate in French.  She is interested in a range of topics including human and animal behavior, social norms and relationships, mental health, and grief therapy.  After college she hopes to spend some time in France and then go to graduate school to pursue a career that combines some of her many passions. Outside of school and research, Briley also serves as the local ambassador for Ainsley’s Angels, a non-profit that brings inclusive running to people with disabilities. For fun, she enjoys seeing live music, being outdoors, and spending time with the people she loves.

Christine Lin

Christine is a junior majoring in Psychology and Consumer Behavior and Marketplace Studies.  She is interested in understanding how humans perceive information and form attitudes under the influence of social groups. She is a project leader of the Chinese Psychelogos, a psychology-focused academic club on campus. In her free time, Christine enjoys watching movies, hiking, and hanging out with friends.

Daniel Sanji

Daniel is a senior majoring in Psychology and History with a certificate in Asian American Studies. He is interested in how social psychology intersects with social justice, especially as it relates to racial and ethnic minorities, sexual minorities, and environmental justice. On campus, Daniel works at the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Student Center within the Multicultural Student Center. He is also the Chair of the APIDA Heritage Month Planning Committee, Social Justice Coordinator for the Japanese Student Association, and a member of the Multiracial Student Union. In his free time, Daniel enjoys drawing portraits, trying new Japanese recipes, and expanding his Asian and Asian American literature collection.

Jassia Ahmad

Jassia is a junior majoring in Psychology with a certificate in Disability Rights and Services. She is interested in clinical and social psychology and plans on going to grad school to pursue either clinical or social psychology. Additionally, she is interested in how intersectionality plays a role in one’s interpersonal and intrapersonal relationships. Jassia is also a board member for the UW Madison Campus Chapter of Habitat for Humanity. In her free time, Jassia enjoys going on jogs, cooking, journaling, and spending time with friends.

Josie Schaefer

Josie is a senior studying Psychology and Sociology with a certificate in Legal Studies.  She is planning on pursing a counseling psychology degree to become a sports psychologist. She is interested in understanding how humans interact, make decisions, and how to change existing biases.  On campus Josie volunteers with BGB and has represented the Women’s Track and Field team within SAAC and SAESO. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with friends, family, her dogs, and watching the sunset (especially at Memorial Union Terrace).

Natalie Bovin

Natalie is a sophomore studying Psychology and Neurobiology. She is interested in clinical and social psychology and is planning on going to medical school to receive her MD. She is interested in studying the effects of stigma on an individual with a mental disorder, and how certain people are motivated to exhibit specific behaviors that do not align with societal norms. When on campus, Natalie is involved in the NAMI campus chapter at UW and plans to get involved in the Psychology Club. In her free time, Natalie enjoys spending time outside, listening to music, and being with her friends.

Sai Nagisetty

Sai is a senior studying Neurobiology and Psychology with a certificate in Health and the Humanities. He is planning on going to Medical School in order to pursue an MD. He’s interested in studying the disparities that exist in healthcare and learning about various intervention methods to reduce discrimination in healthcare. On-campus, he’s involved in the Running Club @ UW and also participates in Badger Volunteers. In his free time, he enjoys going for runs, listening to music, and spending time with friends.

Tazman Abramowicz

Tazman is a senior studying psychology with a certificate in French. He is planning on pursuing a PhD in clinical psychology after he graduates. He is interested in the link between nature and nurture during development, and how mental disorders arise and can be treated without or alongside the help of medication. Tazman is also a diver on the men’s swim and dive team at UW-Madison, where he has been named a three-time honorable mention all-American. In his free time, he enjoys going for walks and bike rides around the city, as well as hanging out in the park with his friends.

Trinity Olson

Trinity is a senior majoring in Psychology and Neurobiology. Trinity is interested in social, behavioral, and cognitive psychology. She is interested in how behavior and attitudes can alter due to changes in social groups. In her free time, Trinity enjoys spending her time walking the paths around Lake Mendota and Monona when it isn’t too cold outside. She also enjoys writing, reading, and spending time with friends.

Yan Li

Yan is a graduate student in the Human Development Area of the Department of Educational Psychology at UW-Madison. She is also in Robert Enright’s Forgiveness Lab. Her academic interests are in moral psychology and cultural psychology, and especially forgiveness and culture. A question that guides her research is: “How could we utilize the cultural wisdom all around the world to promote people in forgiving others for the sake of love?” In the future, she would like to be a pioneer in the communication of morality and culture between the East and the West. As an international student, Yan values love and forgiveness among people of different races. She has a dream of world peace and happiness.