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. 

My name is Jennifer Duepner and I am a sophomore at the University of Kansas. I am currently majoring in Human Biology on the pre-med track. This will be my first semester working in Dr. Gillath’s lab and I am super excited to begin researching and broadening my knowledge of psychology and social interactions! Outside of the lab, I love volunteering, spending time with family and friends, traveling, and eating ice-cream.

My name is Sadra Gerami and I am a junior currently majoring in Behavioral Neuroscience. I plan to attend graduate school after graduating from KU to continue studying psychology and its many different facets. My research interests vary from social psychology to the impact of language on the human mind. I hope that by working in this lab, I will be able to streamline my vision for the future. In my spare time, I enjoy watching movies and playing video games.

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 Olivia Moran. I am a Junior pursuing a degree in Psychology. I am from Green Bay, Wisconsin. ​

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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