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 Junior majoring in Psychology and Social Welfare. I enjoy volunteering in Dr. Gillath's research lab because I find Social Psychology to be interesting and relatable. After graduating, I want to pursue an MSW.

My name is Maddie Byers and I am a Senior majoring in Psychology. I graduated from KU in 2014 with a degree in Sport Management and I decided to return and pursue a different career. After graduating next May I plan to attend graduate school for Counseling Psychology. This is my first time working in a lab and I am very excited to be here. Outside of the lab I love to travel, watch movies and play with my dog, Silas!

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.

I am a freshman majoring in Behavioral Neuroscience to eventually become a neuropsychologist. I am mainly interested in the human brain and how it affects behavior, social relations, and cognition. This is my first time working in the Social Psychology lab and I look forward to gaining more experience in research! Outside of the lab, I enjoy traveling, animals and nature, and spending time with friends and family. 

Hi! My name is Skyler! I am currently a junior working towards a double major in Psychology and Human Sexuality. My ultimate goal with this degree course is to obtain a Ph.D in clinical psychology with an emphasis in gender and sexuality studies. I would like to be a sex therapist and sex/sexuality researcher. Along with this I would like to teach at the college level classes about human sexuality, both psychology/biology based and gender/sexuality based. I am also a strong advocate for reproductive justice and sexual health education, so hopefully before I start my Ph. D path I will take a year off after my undergraduate to pursue these things. I am currently mainly working in the Love Songs Study. This touches on some of my research interest because those include topics such as relationships, and sexual relationships. I am also very interested in taking a more feminist research approach at other research interests such as street sex work, and "bud sex" (sex between straight men).

Hi, everyone! My name is Morgan and I graduated from the University of Kansas in May 2016 with a Bachelors in psychology and human sexuality. I plan to attend graduate school to attain my Masters in counseling psychology with an emphasis in marriage and relationships. During my free time, I enjoy reading, binge-watching Netflix (doesn’t everyone?), and hanging out with my Rottweiler, Henley!

I am a senior in the Human Biology program with an emphasis in Psychology. 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 walking around Lawrence, 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 currently a senior working to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Biology and a minor in Psychology. After graduation this May, I plan to attend graduate school and begin working towards my long term goal of studying and working with individuals diagnosed with chronic illnesses. With respect to research, my interests revolve around hormonal and other physiological responses to daily stresses and interactions. I joined Dr. Gilath's lab this Fall 2016 and am excited to learn more about the day to day work involved in psychological research! Outside of my academic interests I also enjoy reading, Saturday movie marathons and spending time with my friends and family! 

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.

I’m a junior majoring in psychology with a minor in applied behavioral science. I’m very interested in social psychology which is why I joined this lab and Dr. Gillath’s research. I anticipate to graduate in May 2018 and hopefully continuing my schooling in either forensic or counseling psychology. In my free time, I like to go to concerts, hangout with friends and travel. I’m very excited to be a part of this research lab!

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