Lab Director

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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.

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Contact: kthorson@barnard.edu

Research Assistants


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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Carolina Jimenez

Carolina Jimenez is a junior 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!


Emily Mintz

Emily is a senior at Barnard College. She is pursuing a major in psychology and a minor in Spanish and Latin American Studies. The intersection between clinical psychology and social psychology is especially interesting to her. In the future, she hopes to obtain a doctorate in clinical psychology. Her research interests include investigating suicide, digital assessments and interventions, and cross-cultural differences in mental health and stigma. Outside of her academics, Emily enjoys spending as much time as possible outdoors, taking long walks and exploring the nature in her hometown on Long Island. Recently, she has begun to study the art of photography.

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Talia Rosen

Talia Rosen is a senior 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!


Brianna Vigorito

Brianna Vigorito is a 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. 

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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!


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Posey Cohen

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