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.

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.

Claire Salmi

Claire is a senior double majoring in Psychology and Political Science. She is interested in a range of topics including group norms, social and political affiliation, mental health, and how to motivate environmentally-friendly practices. She hosts the Political Science department’s podcast, “1050 Bascom,” and plays the cello in the UW Symphony. Off campus, she also interns for a congressperson. In her free time, Claire enjoys attending music shows of all kinds, being outside, trying new foods, making art, and dog watching at Madison parks.

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.

Haile Jiang

Haile Jiang is a rising senior majoring in Psychology and Legal Study with a certificate in Photography. He is interested in the thoughts and behaviors of individuals when grouped together and how social context can change people’s beliefs, behaviors, and attitudes. He is also interested in clinical psychology and plans on going to grad school to pursue his Ph.D. He is the president of the Chinese Psychelogos, the only Chinese psychology club on campus. In his free time, Haile enjoys playing with his sweet Pitbull, watching movies, and eating six meals a day. He trains six days a week and hopes to become a professional bodybuilder in the future.

Ian Burton

Ian is a rising sophomore 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.

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.

Kate Roberson

Kate is a junior majoring in Psychology and Marketing. An aspect of psychology that fascinates her is how people perceive information about others and how that information influences the way they interact in groups on varying scales. On campus, Kate is on the executive board for The Women’s Network which is an organization that celebrates female ambition. In her free time, she enjoys running, traveling, reading, and listening to music.

Lindsay Edwards

Lindsay is a rising senior double majoring in Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies. She plans on attending graduate school to pursue social work, clinical psychology, or counseling psychology. Lindsay is interested in social and clinical psychology, specifically how mental health stigmas impact individuals living with mental disorders. On campus, Lindsay is involved in Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, and Phi U, the National Honor Society in Family and Consumer Sciences. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, being outdoors, watching movies, and discovering new restaurants.

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.

Yuxiao (Reggie) Wu

Yuxiao (Reggie) is a rising 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.

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.