Current Research Assistants


JonathanJonathan Godinez

Jonathan is a Junior who is majoring 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.

Wenqi Li

Wenqi is a Senior majoring 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.

20160909_222027Janiece Piolet

Janiece is a 4th year student 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 second year Fellow for the Undergraduate Research Scholars program, is a House Fellow in Sellery Residential Hall, 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.

Peter Reinke

Pete is a junior majoring in Psychology, with a leadership certificate. He is planning on going on to graduate school to earn a specialist degree as an educational psychologist. 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 in the Student Leadership Program.

Almira Khan

Almira is a Psychology major with a certificate in Gender and Women Studies and a certificate in Entrepreneurship. She is interested in the topic on intersectionality and how that effects human interaction and how that effects people’s experiences in different ways. She is also interested in understanding the experiences of underrepresented groups and how those experiences can be improved. She is a part of Badger SPILL, Psych club, and intramural volleyball while also working for the UW Department of Medicine. In her free time, she enjoys being with her friends, weight lifting, and being outside.

Emma Lai

Emma is a Sophomore majoring in Economics and Psychology with a certificate in 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 Professional Outreach Chair for Women in Economics, an Interfaith Fellow 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 bumming around.

Nakita Xiong

Nakita is a Sophomore 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.

Hao Ni (Michael)

Michael is a Sophomore majoring in Psychology and Economics with a certificate in Business. 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 Sophomore 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.

Channi Ernstoff

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 McCown-Berndt

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.