Lab Director

Katherine Thorson

I am an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Barnard College. I recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at NYU, where I also earned my PhD in psychology, with a major in social psychology and a minor in quantitative psychology. I received my BA in psychology, with a minor in dance, from Bates College. Broadly, I study interpersonal interactions. I examine questions regarding interpersonal communication and influence, as well as physiological correlates of these processes, by studying face-to-face social interactions. I capture psychological, behavioral, and physiological processes as they naturally unfold over time, and I develop and employ novel analytic techniques and new methods for physiological and behavioral measurement.

Research Assistants

Posey Cohen

My name is Posey Cohen and I am a junior at Barnard College studying Sociology, with minors in both Psychology and Education. I am originally from Evanston, IL, right by Northwestern University! My research interests within my major and minors focus mainly on the college admissions process in the United States and how it affects low-income and first-generation students. Outside of academics, I am a college counselor through Matriculate. I also am a dancer and actress and a member of dance and theatre groups on campus as well!

Carolina Jimenez

Carolina Jimenez is a sophomore at Barnard College originally from uptown NYC studying Neuroscience & Behavior and Human Rights. She is interested in the ways social interactions and systems impact not only our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, but our physical and mental well-beings. Outside of academia, she enjoys cooking, listening to music, and caring for her plants!

Talia Rosen

Talia Rosen is a junior at Barnard College, majoring in Psychology and Human Rights. She grew up in New York and is so excited to be exploring this fascinating field during her time as an undergraduate. Talia has been interested in psychology for as long as she can remember and has found social psychology especially interesting. She is planning to pursue a degree in psychology before working as a psychotherapist. Talia is thrilled to be working with such a talented and dedicated team!

Nia Simmons

My name is Nia Simmons, and I am a current junior at Barnard College. I am originally from New Haven, CT, but I am so appreciative that I have been able to call New York City my home for the past few years! I am working towards completing a major in Sociology and a minor in Psychology with the hope of having a career in either law, education, or another public interest field in the future!

Brianna Vigorito

Brianna Vigorito is a rising senior at Barnard College studying Dance and Psychology. She is interested in investigating the intersection of these fields and is also passionate about childhood psychology. On campus, Bri enjoys working in the admissions office, as well as dancing with ONYX Hip Hop Dance Team, RAW Elementz, COLAB, and other student groups. When she’s not studying or dancing, she loves playing with her puppy Boo. 

Zoe Zeltner

Zoe Zeltner is a senior at Barnard College, majoring in Psychology with a minor in Science & Public Policy. She has a strong interest in Developmental Psychology and a passion for working with children; she has spent the past 7 summers working with a variety of programs for kids (including BADP, a clinically based program run by the Manhattan Psychology group). She is originally from uptown NYC and enjoys running in her free time!