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Senior Doctoral Student & Lab Manager

Claire G. Christensen, M.A., is a graduate student in the Psychology Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research interests include early-childhood social-emotional learning and evaluation of educational programs for children. She is especially interested in the potential of television and videos to promote social-emotional learning. She earned her master's in psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago and her bachelor's in mass communications at Illinois State University. 

Phil George is a third-year undergraduate student at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Currently a biology major and psychology minor, he is hoping to one day become a doctor and potentially work with kids in some capacity. He is especially interested in participating with this research lab as the time spent with the younger kids are very enriching and unassuming experiences that are enjoyable. An avid Chicago sports fan, when not busy with school, you can usually find Phil rooting on the Bulls, Cubs and Bears.

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Interested in getting in on the exciting research going on at the Social Emotional Teaching and Learning lab? Complete the Research Assistant application here.

SETL Lab Director 

Katherine Zinsser, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Her research focuses on identifying effective social-emotional teaching practices and the formation of educational work-place environments that promote teacher and child well-being. She earned her doctorate in Applied Developmental Psychology at George Mason University. Prior to that she earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology at Smith College.  

Ana Mandrapa joined the SETL lab in 2014 and is an undergraduate student at UIC, majoring in Applied Psychology. She loves working with children and has had previous experience as a camp counselor. She will be applying to graduate school in a few years for a Master’s in Counseling. 

Taylor Koch is in her fourth year as an undergraduate with a major in psychology and minor in nutrition. She is hoping to become a child life specialist in a children's hospital. This past summer Taylor volunteered in Costa Rica in a nursing home with occupational and physical therapists. She loves helping others and the community, as well as cooking in her spare time!

  Clinical Doctoral Student &                Lab Manager

Courtney Zulauf, B.A., is a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research focuses on promoting social-emotional learning among children. She is especially interested in evaluating pathways to peer victimization and aggression. Before coming to UIC she worked in the pediatric psychopharmacology department at Massachusetts General Hospital and earned an honors degree in psychology and applied statistics from the University of Michigan. 

Raveena Kingra is studying occupational therapy and hopes to one day work with kids with developmental disabilities such as autism, and developmental delays. She is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Sociology, and Disability and Human Development. She loves dogs, walking, traveling, watching movies and documentaries, and unfortunately has no cooking skills.