Meet the Team

Principal Investigator

SHANA COLE, PhD | Principal Investigator

Shana is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Rutgers University and director of the Regulation, Action, and Motivated Perception (RAMP) Lab. She received her PhD from New York University before joining the Rutgers faculty in 2014. Shana is interested in the underlying cognitive, perceptual, and affective processes that enable successful goal pursuit. She explores self-regulatory processes across multiple levels of analysis, including higher-order cognition, visual perception, and psychophysiology. Her research spans many goal domains to provide insight into the tools that enable people to mitigate threats, attain rewards, and resist temptations. 

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PhD Students (Advisees)


Kristina's research explores perceptual and attentional routes to prejudice and discrimination, with an emphasis on bias towards transgender individuals. She also explores perceptual biases in the way people view themselves. 

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Despite having similar long term goals, some people seem to be much better at self-control than others. Janna’s research explores the automatic and deliberative processes that vary person-to-person and enable successful goal pursuit. Across a variety of domains, including diet, fitness, and academics, Janna studies the strategies people use to bolster motivation, minimize distractions, and overcome self-control conflicts. Her current work explores situational and social influences on perceptions of self-control failure. 

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PhD Students (Affiliates)


Annie is interested in how dual identities are perceived and experienced in a society that largely views social categories as biological and thus distinct and static. Annie's current projects examine the unique social and health experiences of biracial and bicultural people, as well as various aspects of racial essentialism. In the RAMP lab, she explores how visual information influences our attribution of blame and shapes our social attitudes towards stigmatized groups. 

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KIM CHANEY, MS | PhD Student

Broadly, Kim's research explores strategies to confront and cope with prejudice and stigmatized identity threats by employing psychophysiological, affective, and behavioral methodologies. Within the RAMP lab, Kim's research explores perceptions of and attitudes towards collective action movements and stigmatized groups.

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Undergraduates with Independent projects

SAM KLEIN | Undergraduate Research Assistant, Cooper Fellow

Sam is a junior at Rutgers. He is majoring in psychology and double minoring in biology and cognitive science. With the RAMP lab, Sam has worked on an Aresty project exploring how different styles of dress influence stereotype activation and blame attributions towards black men. For his Cooper fellowship, Sam is exploring goal-centrality as a possible self-control strategy. He explores this in the domain of health and fitness. 


CAITLYN SMITH | Undergraduate Research Assistant, Cooper Fellow

Caitlyn is a senior at Rutgers double majoring in psychology and communication. With the RAMP lab, Caitlyn's Aresty research project examined how dieters choose to distance themselves from tempting unhealthy foods. She presented this work at the Aresty undergraduate research symposium and received honorable mention. Caitlyn is currently working on a Cooper fellowship project examining how temporal linguistics influence the future oriented intentions of Mandarin-English bilinguals.


SAMANTHA BRUNO | Undergraduate Research Assistant, Aresty Fellow

Sam is majoring in psychology, minoring in education and sociology, and she is in the 5-year teacher education program at the Rutgers Graduate School of Education. Sam is an undergraduate research assistant at the RAMP lab, where she is currently involved in an Aresty project looking at perceptions of the transgender community. Generally speaking, her research interests include understanding motivations behind actions in areas like race relations, gender, and politics. 


THOMAS BUCHENOT | Undergraduate Research Assistant, Honors Student

Thomas is a senior at Rutgers majoring in psychology and minoring in organizational leadership. He is interested in how visual perception can effect bias and how exposure to certain environments can effect overall psychological processes. In the RAMP lab, Thomas is currently working on an Honors Thesis investigating biased visual attention towards transgender individuals.


PAMELA GOMEZ | Undergraduate Research Assistant, Aresty Fellow, Honors Student

Pam is a senior at Rutgers double-majoring in Psychology and Latino & Caribbean Studies with a minor in Spanish. She is a McNair Scholar and an Aresty Fellow, and an undergraduate research assistant at the RAMP Lab. Pam is currently doing her honors thesis on identity denial and perceptual reassertion. Her main research interests include racism and discrimination, and their relationship with identity among Latinos in the US. 


BROOKE SCHLEYER | Undergraduate Research Assistant, Aresty Fellow, Cooper Fellow

Brooke is a junior majoring in psychology and criminal justice. With the RAMP Lab, she is involved in an Aresty project focused on goal-centrality and self-control. Her main research interests focus on peoples' abilities to pursue goals and the connection between goal pursuit and personal identity.


SHREYA BAJPAI | Undergraduate Research Assistant, Cooper Fellow

Shreya is a senior undergraduate research assistant with the RAMP Lab. Her Cooper project focuses on self-perception and goal pursuit.


DANIEL ROBINSON | Undergraduate Research Assistant, Aresty Fellow

Daniel is a senior undergraduate research assistant with the RAMP Lab. His Aresty project focuses on perceptual processing and self-control.


Lab Alum

ANKITA HUCKOO | Former Rutgers Aresty Fellow

ARSHNEIL KAUR | Former Rutgers Aresty Fellow

SYDNEY GECHA | Former Rutgers Aresty Fellow

MONICA GALASSO | Former Rutgers Aresty Fellow (currently interning with a child life specialist at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital)

MONICA GALASSO | Former Research Assistant (currently a PhD student in the CUNY in the I/O Psychology Program)