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Lab Director

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Katherine Thorson

I am an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Barnard College. I 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.

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Contact: kthorson@barnard.edu

Undergraduate Researchers

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Humaira Ahmed 

I am a junior at Barnard College majoring in Psychology with a minor in Statistics. My academic interests include social and developmental psychology, specifically during adolescence, and psychometrics. I plan to pursue a career in research and data analysis. I am a native New Yorker and am always looking for new food spots to try in the city. In my free time, I love to read, shop, and walk through Central Park!

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Nafsika Esfandiari

I am a junior at Barnard College, pursuing a double major in Economics and Psychology. This binary education has not only brought me the analytical and quantitative mindset, but has also honed my awareness of human and social issues in our world. I am fascinated by social behavior and looking at it through different perspectives. I am also passionate about Developmental Psychology and Forensic Psychology. I am very excited to be part of this team! When I’m not studying I love spending time with my friends, watching movies and going to the museum. 

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Romy Levin

I am a junior at Barnard College majoring in Psychology. Broadly speaking, my academic passions are psychology and social justice. I am interested in combatting systemic injustices by studying how marginalization affects the developmental cascade and beyond. In my free time, I enjoy reading, being with friends, and spending way too much time at the Hungarian Pastry Shop.

 

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Katherine Lin

Katherine Lin is a junior at Barnard College pursuing a major in Psychology and a minor in Computer Science. She is interested in social psychology, developmental psychology, and its applications in the clinical setting, specifically, in art based therapies. She is interested in how these topics interact with one another and is excited to expand on these interests by being a part of this team of researchers. Outside of academics, she loves to dance, curate new music playlists, and find underground eats in the city with friends.

 

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Phoebe Muntz

My name is Phoebe Muntz and I am a junior at Barnard College majoring in Psychology with a minor in History. I am originally from Los Angeles, CA. My research interests focus on how social environments impact and predict mental health, especially in young children. I am hoping to continue my studies in psychology in graduate school before working as a psychotherapist. I am so excited to be a member of this team researching the fascinating world of social psychology!

 

PhD Student Affiliates

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Oana Dumitru 

Oana is a fourth year PhD student in Social Psychology at NYU. She received her BA in Psychology, with a joint minor in Math and Computer Science, also from NYU. Her research revolves around the effects of status and hierarchy on group dynamics, and specifically their impact on newcomers. She asks questions such as: How can newcomers influence group decisions? How does social status impact the experiences of newcomers in group interactions? And do hierarchies benefit or harm group decision-making when there is a newcomer in the group? 

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Marta Vigier

Marta Vigier is a PhD student at the health psychology department of the University of Graz and a research assistant at the oncology unit of the Medical University of Graz in Austria. She previously graduated with a Bachelor in Psychology from the University of Caen Normandy in France and a Master degree from the Psychosomatic and Psycho-Oncology Research Unit at the Free University of Brussels in Belgium. Her research interests lie at the intersection of psychology (doctor-patient communication), physiology (autonomic nervous system, psychophysiological measurements) and digital health (artificial intelligence). Her work at the oncology unit involves examining the relationship between vagal tone, immune markers, and psychosocial factors related to cancer progression.  Marta is a dog-lover who enjoys playing and taking walks with her dog. She loves to travel.

 

Alumni

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Posey Cohen

Carolina Jimenez

Emily Mintz

Talia Rosen

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Zoe Zeltner

Nia Simmons

Bri Vigorito