Research Assistants

Meet our lab members!

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



My name is Megan Carlson and I am a senior majoring in psychology and minoring in philosophy. I am from Topeka, Kansas and I am interested in studying abnormal psychology. I plan on attending graduate school where I can focus on disorders like borderline personality disorder and bipolar disorder. I wanted to learn more about social relationships, attachment, caregiving and the overall mechanisms of behavioral systems to aid in my ability to understand research pertaining to abnormal psychology.

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 Maggie Mullen and I am a sophomore majoring in Behavioral Neuroscience and minoring in Sociology. My research interests are altruism in human beings and the neurological basis of criminal behavior. I am interested in how some people can lack empathy while others find great joy in practicing compassion. After graduation, I plan to attend graduate school. Outside of school and the lab I enjoy running, watching Chopped with my roommate, and hanging out with friends!

My name is Alex and I am a Junior Behavioral Neuroscience major here at KU. I have been in Dr. Gillath’s lab as a research assignment for 2 semesters. When I’m not in the lab, I like to watch movies with friends (homework permitting). My hobbies include playing guitar, watching/playing soccer, CrossFit, and skiing. I am also a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

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 Maisie Conrad and I am a senior majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology with a minor in English. My research interests include how mood disorders and attachment style affect activity in the brain. Post undergrad, I plan to pursue study at the graduate level. This will be my second semester as a Research Assistant in Dr. Gillath's lab, and I am excited for the upcoming studies and opportunities waiting this Spring. Outside of the lab, I work for the KU Study Abroad and Global Engagement office, plan events for Student Union Activities, write, and watch too many movies. 

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 am Dr. Gillath's Social Interactions lab manager. I graduated from the University of Kansas with a B.S. in Behavioral Neuroscience and a minor in Social and Behavioral Sciences Methodology. I started working in the 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 stress, sleep, physical activity, and close relationships. I plan to study 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 Alex Kastrul. I’m a senior majoring in Psychology, Economics, and Political Science. I’m excited to learn through research in the Gillath Lab this spring.

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