Research Assistants

Meet our lab members!

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



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 Levi Wakeman, I am a freshman majoring in Applied Behavioral Neuroscience. I’m from Lakewood, Colorado and I am interested in the psychical properties of human behavior. I plan on attending medical school after college and becoming a forensic psychiatrist and hopefully reforming the prison system into something more beneficial to society. I am fascinated with developmental psychology and social psychology, and what they can teach me about the people who surround me. Attachment theory is one of the most captivating theories I have discovered so far in my career in college and I’m excited to see where my research will take me! When I’m not in the lab I am rock climbing or reading a good book. 

My name is Andy Tyler, and I am a Junior majoring in Behavioral Neuroscience. I am excited to be assisting with research in the Gillath lab, because the lab's focus on close relationships particularly interests me. A word that greatly defines me is reserved; This specifically means that I'm thoughtful, but I do not easily communicate that I am. The concept of attraction in superficial to intimate relationships runs across my mind relentlessly. This is because someone's perceived attractiveness impacts their agency and confidence--two things I largely worry about attaining. Outside of KU, I'm a big Pokemon fan and I like going to see the Royals play. I also like spending time with my dogs and showing them my favorite TV shows and movies.

My name is Megan VanDuinen, and I am a junior majoring in Psychology. This will be my first semester as a research assistant for Dr. Gillath’s lab, so I’m very eager to expand my knowledge in social psychology! I am particularly interested in close relationships and attachment theory, and plan to continue my learning in graduate school for Counseling Psychology. Outside of the lab, I love yoga, watching reality tv with my friends, and painting. I also work at the University Career Center, and volunteer in my spare time. 

I am Utsavi, undergraduate freshman. I am majoring in visual arts and psychology. I want to do this lab just to have the experience of doing research and gain more knowledge upon the subject. Some of my hobbies are reading, baking and painting.  

Elsey is a senior at the University of Kansas, seeking a degree in Psychology with a minor in Journalism and Human Sexuality. I addition to her work in the lab, Elsey is in the process of completing her Honors Thesis Project with Dr. Omri Gillath. Her research interests include the role of attachment theory and emotion regulation in the development of personality disorders. ​After graduation, Elsey plans to attend graduate school to obtain her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, watching movies, and napping.

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