Research Assistants

Meet our lab members!

Below, you will find more information about each of our RAs in more detail:



My name is McKenzie Bernard and I am a sophomore. I am majoring in psychology to eventually become a forensic psychologist. I am interested in social psychology and antisocial behavior. This will be my first time working in the Gillath Lab so I am looking forward to these new experiences! In my free time, I like to hangout with my friends, go shopping, and enjoy nature. 

I am a senior majoring in Human Biology, Psychology, and Philosophy. After graduating from KU, I intend to pursue graduate school for a doctorate in Cognitive Psychology. My research interests broadly include evolutionary psychology, the effects of hormones regulation on cognition and behavior, and language relativity. I am the lab manager for Dr. Omri Gillath’s Social Interactions Lab. In my free time, I enjoy playing videogames, catching up on my reading, and gardening.    

I am a sophomore majoring in Psychology. This is my first time working in the Social Psychology lab. I hope by working in this lab, I will figure out my future emphasis. I am very excited to work in Dr. Gillath’s lab this semester. Outside of the lab, I love traveling, skiing, and watching movies.

I am a senior in the Psychology program here at the University of Kansas, getting my second Bachelor's degree. I intend to pursue an M.S.W with a Clinical focus after I have finished this degree. My first degree was a B.A. in Music (piano was my primary instrument). I am interested in how people interpret and appraise their experiences, the things that encourage relationships to flourish, the effect of language choice on cognition and experience, and what neuroscience I can understand without biochem. I am currently undergoing training to volunteer at Headquarters, which runs one of the only crisis telephone lines in Kansas, and am also excited to begin singing with the Motet Singers, a Lawrence-based group that has been in existence since 1975. In my free time,I tend towards solitary or very small-group nerdy and often science-fiction/fantasy-related activities such as RPG's, reading, and movies. I also write mediocre poetry, kickbox, and weigh train when I can. And cats. Definitely cats.

I am a contracted member of the Army ROTC program at University of Kansas. After I complete my undergraduate degree in psychology, I will commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. My decision to study the psychological sciences roots in my interest in the dynamics behind relationships and attraction. I am pleased to accept a position in Omri Gillath's laboratory and plan on using this experience to propel myself forward into graduate studies while serving in the military.

My name is Ellen and I am a junior, studying Behavioral Neuroscience. This is my first semester working in the lab. My interests extend from interpersonal dynamics to the psychological implications of spending habits. I hope that by working in Dr. Gillath's lab, I will deepen my understanding of human relationships as a whole. My favorite pastimes outside the lab are watching Star Trek, playing video games, and baking desserts.

My name is Garrett Girard and I am a junior pursuing a major in Psychology and a minor in Japanese Language and Culture. After having taken Social Psychology with Dr. Gillath, I became interested in the area of Psychology and am excited to have the opportunity to work as a volunteer in his research lab and broaden my scope of Psychological Studies in preparation for graduate school. After I graduate I plan to go to graduate school to obtain a doctorate for Counseling Psychology, though my current emphasis has yet to be determined.

Outside of the Department of Psychology, I am very involved here at KU. I am on the Quidditch Team, I am training in the AROTC program to become an officer in the Army, and I frequently attend meetings with the JSA and KU Swing clubs.

My name is Alex Stover and I'm a senior majoring in Behavioral Neuroscience. I started working in the Gillath Lab in Fall 2017. My research interests lie in the health and social psychology of emerging adults. These interests include the psychological and social factors that are interconnected with health behaviors, such as sleep, physical activity, mood, goal setting, and motivation. After graduation, I plan to continue research and studying health and social psychology at the graduate level. Outside of the lab I'm also involved in Psi Chi and Nu Rho Psi honors societies, and enjoy producing music. 

I’m a junior majoring in Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Kansas. Post undergrad, I plan to continue my studies at graduate school for a doctorate in Neuroscience with an emphasis in neuropathology. My interests in research include social influences on behavior, brain disorders and trauma, and neuroscience in the nature of dementia and its effects in the human brain. I am a research assistant in Dr. Omri Gillath’s Social Interactions Lab. When I’m not doing that, I enjoy horseback riding, painting, and reading a good book.

My name is Brendon Elliott, I am a sophomore majoring in Psychology and Applied Behavioral Science. I am planning to take in emphasis in Youth Development and Juvenile Justice, and have a wide range of interests from close relationships to mental illness and addiction. I am hoping that working in Dr. Gillath’s lab will provide helpful experience for both deciding on my future career as well as for becoming a graduate student. Outside of the lab, I enjoy playing hockey, chess, and volunteering with friends.

My name is Mackenzie Klaus, and I am a junior Psychology major at KU. After a whirlwind of career confusion in my first two years of college I slowed down to consider what path I should choose. Last semester, my Psychology and Sociology courses helped me to realize I had a desire for knowledge and truth as I had never experienced before. Thankfully, that realization began to reveal a clear direction for my future. Becoming a Research Assistant in the Gillath Lab is a promising step toward a career in the field of Psychology, and I'm so excited to grow and learn all that I can through this experience! Outside of school-related activities, I am a Sigma Kappa, and when I'm not playing solitaire or doing crossword puzzles, I love drawing and painting, naps, and Netflix. 

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