Research Assistants

In alphabetical order

Carlos Sodi Aliseda

Carlos is a junior majoring in Political Science and Government with a certificate in Public Policy. He is interested in policy analysis and decision-making, particularly when it comes to foreign policy, immigration, and security, and how these fields both effect and are impacted by the public. After graduation, he hopes to get a Master’s degree in Public Policy and either go back into academia or consulting. On campus, Carlos is involved with Amnesty International and Model United Nations. In his free time, Carlos enjoys reading, languages, video games, going out for boba tea, and hanging out with his friends.

Cassie Liu

Cassie is a senior majoring in Educational Studies and Sociology. She is interested in many psychology-related topics, especially developmental and social psychology. She wants to learn more about the developmental processes of human perception, thinking, memory, and other cognitive abilities, and to explore the connections between human cognitive processes and certain social phenomena. After college, she will pursue a graduate degree and work as a teacher or researcher in the future. Apart from academics and research, Cassie assists with local elementary and middle school activities as a volunteer. For fun, Cassie enjoys traveling alone, going to concerts, and trying new things.

Elijah Fisher

Elijah is a senior studying psychology going for a certificate in education policy. Interested in research on mental health in the public education system; specifically, on what contributes to the collective low mental health among students, and what can be done to counteract that. After graduation he will continue on to grad school. On campus he plays the euphonium in the university band. In his free time, he enjoys playing all sorts of games from sports, to video, to board, and especially card games.

Ian Burton

Ian is a junior majoring in Psychology with certificates in German Language Studies and East Asian Studies. He is interested in social psychology, specifically in how people view their own conformity and how people view their intergroup and intragroup relationships based on how they identify. He is also interested in positive psychology, such as how mindfulness practices can be applied to and strengthen identity within people who struggle to identify with groups. Outside of the lab, he is the Communications Chair for Psychology Club. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with friends, reading, writing, hiking, listening to music, and watching TV.

Jiaxuan Li

Jiaxuan Li is a senior majoring in Psychology and Zoology. She is interested in clinical, social, and neuropsychology and hopes to attain a Ph.D. in clinical psychology after graduation. She is interested in studying brain development in relation to human decision-making. Additionally, she enjoys learning the social structures and behaviors of animals. In her free time, Jiaxuan enjoys painting watercolors and reading novels.

Kayla Bote

Kayla is a senior double majoring in Neurobiology and Psychology with a certificate in Asian American Studies. She is intrigued by the psychological phenomenon that underly the interactions and experiences of various social groups. She is interested in how viewing social categories through the lens of social psychology can come to inform interventions and policy aimed at promoting more inclusive environments. Following graduation, Kayla hopes to pursue a graduate degree in Psychology. On campus, Kayla currently works within the Department of Biochemistry as well as serves as the Vice President of the Filipinx American Student Organization. In her free time, she enjoys going to concerts, binge watching TV shows, and spending time with friends and family.

Lauren Aquino

Lauren is a junior majoring in Psychology with a certificate in Criminal Justice. She is interested in social and developmental psychology, specifically, how children develop opinions about social groups, as well as how we can use interventions to reduce social group stigmas and create a more equitable and accepting world. Lauren plans to pursue a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling after graduation and work with children. On campus, she is involved with Humorology, through which she helps write and direct a mini-musical while fundraising for a chosen beneficiary, which helps children and families in Dane County overcome adversity. In her free time Lauren enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, the performing arts, and traveling.

Madeleine Paradis

Madeleine is a senior double majoring in Psychology and Social Welfare with a certificate in Consulting. She is interested in how organizational culture impacts employee retention for those belonging to various marginalized groups, and how the intersectionality of social identities plays a role, implicitly and explicitly, in organizational recruitment practices. She plans to attend graduate school for Industrial/Organizational psychology, with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion practices. She currently works on staff at PAVE-UW, a sexual violence prevention and survivor support organization on campus, and is involved in Psi Chi and Students for Social Welfare. In her free time, she enjoys reading, painting, and playing guitar.

Max Bross

Max is a senior majoring in Psychology with certificates in Business and Entrepreneurship. He has an interest in what makes people “tick” and different from one another, thus explaining his choice in pursuing Psychology. He is interested in going to law school and exploring a career in criminal law. Through law school, he hopes to apply his background in psychology to cases centered around the mental health of the accused (NGRI cases). Outside of school, Max loves music and sports. He enjoys playing guitar, going to the gym, and watching his New York teams lose in every sport imaginable.

Miranda Gibbons

Miranda is a senior majoring in Psychology with a certificate in LGBTQ+ studies. They are interested in counseling LGBTQ+ youth and young adults, as well as advocacy and educating others about LGBTQ+ people. After graduation, they plan on pursuing a Master’s degree and thus becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). In their free time, Miranda enjoys watching TV shows, listening to music, and traveling.

Natalie Bovin

Natalie is a senior 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.

Sabhyata Prakash

Sabhyata is a senior majoring in Psychology and Gender and Women studies with a certificate in LGBT studies. They are interested the intersection of queer theory and social psychology. They hope to go to graduate school for psychology. They enjoy cooking, baking and playing with their dog in their free time.  

Sarah Sprinkman

Sarah is a junior double majoring in International Studies and Spanish, with a concentration in Politics and Policy in the Global Economy. She is interested in a range of topics, including globalization, poverty and development; environmental conservation, and Latin American culture and politics. In the future, she plans on going to grad school to pursue a master’s degree in economics, public affairs, or sociology. On campus, Sarah is involved in Amnesty International at UW. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. 


Siena Keys

Siena is a sophomore double majoring in Psychology and Neurobiology with a certificate in Sustainability. She is primarily interested in social psychology and positive psychology. Along with enjoying the self-improvement aspects of psychology, she is interested in how psychology overlaps with both the environment and the business world. She is a founding member of the UW-Madison chapter of MARRCH, a student organization that focuses on education and activism for reproductive justice and bodily autonomy. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, traveling, going to concerts, creating art, and spending time with friends and family.

Yuxiao (Reggie) Wu

Yuxiao (Reggie) is a senior at UW-Madison double-majoring in Psychology and Economics. Being an international student from China, social psychology intrigues him as it explains the numerous ways people interact with and influence each other within the bigger global community. After graduation, he plans to pursue a master’s degree in either behavioral finance or management with an emphasis on healthcare and psychological well-being. In his free time, Reggie likes traveling, binge-watching TV shows, and singing.