Lauren Human, PhD
Principal’s Research Chair in Social Perception and Expression
Associate Professor of Psychology
The University of British Columbia Okanagan
Lab email: human.lab[at]ubc.ca
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Lauren Gazzard Kerr
My main area of research focuses on how an accurate first impression relates to social and psychological outcomes for the target, perceiver, and dyad. I am interested in how this association may differ depending on the context of the first impression and other moderating factors. Additionally, I am also interested in how shared perspectives in romantic relationships predict positive relationship processes, and whether machine learning algorithms can accurately predict personality across contexts.
The goal of my research is to see how technology affects social interactions. Specifically, I am looking at how the presence of mobile devices affects in-person interactions and how communicating via different technological mediums affects relationship initiation and development.
I am a fourth-year PhD candidate in Clinical Psychology. My research focuses on accurate self-expression. A current line of investigation involves the role of psychological and social well-being in accurately expressing one’s personality and emotions. I am currently conducting in-lab experiments and field studies examining accuracy in first impressions as well as close relationships.
In the SIP lab, I will be mainly focusing on how metaperceptions (i.e. beliefs of what others think of you) affect quality and persistence of romantic relationships. When is it helpful to accurately know what others think of you and when is it beneficial to be blind to what others think of you? I am also interested in examining the mechanisms underlying the link between metaperceptions and social outcomes, especially in the context of romantic relationships.
I am working as the Lab Coordinator for the SIP lab for the 2022-23 academic year. I am a recent graduate from UBCO and received my Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Psychology. As I am planning on pursing a graduate degree in the upcoming years, I look forward to expanding my research experience in the SIP lab!
I am a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in psychology. I am completing an honours thesis under the supervision of Dr. Lauren Human, focusing on social outcomes of first impressions initiated through video conferencing. After graduating from UBCO, I hope to pursue graduate studies in school psychology. I look forward to this year in the SIP Lab, gaining meaningful research experience!
Aiisha Rishi (she/her/hers)
I am a third-year undergraduate student majoring in Psychology. I am interested in how people present themselves and factors that play into forming impressions when people first meet each other, especially in a virtual setting. After graduating, I hope to continue my graduate studies in Psychology. I am excited to volunteer in the SIP lab and help with psychology research at UBCO!
I am currently a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in BSc psychology. I’m interested in how our perceptions affect interactions in relationships. I intend to purse graduate studies in clinical or counselling psychology. I am very excited to be a part of the SIP Lab as a research assistant and to be involved with research studies!
I am currently a third year undergraduate student pursuing my major in Psychology under the Faculty of Science. I have always been interested in psychology behind personality and perception. I hope to further my education in the field of Psychology after my undergraduate studies and work with marginalized communities and minority sub populations selectively drawing from my education in Psychology.
I’m a recent UBC graduate with a BSc major in Psychology and a minor in Biology. I am particularly interested in social interactions and relationship formation in individuals with personality disorders and I’m excited to learn more about this through my work at the SIP Lab! I plan on pursuing graduate studies in Clinical and Counselling Psychology. I look forward to being a part of the SIP team!
I am a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in psychology under the faculty of science. I am interested in studying the formation of relationships and looking at how relationships are changed over online interactions. After my undergraduate degree, I intend to pursue a graduate degree in neuroscience. I am really excited to be part of the SIP team!
Alexa Meilleur (Counselling PhD Student at UQAM)
Catalina Enestrom (Experimental PhD Student at McGill University)
Camila Bahn (M.Sc. Organizational Development at HEC Montréal)
Una Jojich-White (MA Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University)
Megan Peters (JD at University of Toronto)
Zoe Fargnoli Brown (MA Social-Personality Psychology at York University)
Jamie Cecere (MA Counselling Psychology at University of Toronto)
Jamie Borenstein-Laurie (Clinical PhD Student at Concordia)
Ashley Brown Notargiacomo
Sophia Thierry (Experimental PhD Student at Brock University)
Emily Schwartzman (Experimental PhD Student at University of Toronto)
Vivien Lee (PhD in I/O Psychology at University of Minnesota starting Fall 2021)
Stephanie de Silva (M.Sc Cognitive and Decision Sciences at University College London)
Gabrielle Marchand (M.Ed. Counselling Psychology at University of Ottawa)
Marilyne Dragon (MA Research and Clinical Training at Concordia University)
Shanell Fan (MA Mental Health Counseling at Boston University)