Undergraduate Research Assistants

Connor Haughey (he/him/his)

Connor is a current Duke junior double majoring in Psychology and Philosophy with a minor in Chemistry. Outside of his research, he works in the Duke Academic Advising Center as a peer advisor and teaches a seminar focusing on sexual health, wellness, and advocacy. Additionally, he volunteers with the Crisis Text Line as a crisis counselor, supporting individuals with varying mental health concerns. Connor has academic interests in the neurological bases of psychopathology, preventative mental health care, and clinical child psychology. In his free time, Connor loves learning about coffee, practicing yoga, and discovering new music.

Sarah Kim (she/her/hers)

Sarah is a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill pursuing a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Social & Economic Justice. She is interested in investigating how socioeconomic status can affect brain development in children and is excited to gain psychological research experience as a member of the CIRCLE Lab. After graduation, Sarah hopes to continue doing research and attend graduate school one day.


Shreya Patnaik (she/her/hers)

Shreya is a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill majoring in Psychology (BA) and Statistics and Analytics (BS). After college, she hopes to become a pediatric psychiatrist or a pediatrician. Shreya enjoys spending time with friends, painting, running, and playing with dogs. She loves to work with children and is interested in utilizing both of her majors through research, so she is extremely excited to do both of those things with the CIRCLE lab!

Sydney Cohen (she/her/hers)

Sydney is a junior at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, double majoring in Psychology and Sports Administration and minoring in Neuroscience. Her research interests focus on adolescent experiences and how those effect neurobiological and behavioral development. With the intention of pursuing an accelerated nursing degree post-graduation, Sydney hopes to become a pediatric nurse practitioner and increase underserved populations access to healthcare. If you cannot find her in class or the lab, she can be found watching sports and creating new music playlists.


Vivienne Knul (she/her/hers)

Vivienne is a junior at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill pursuing a major in Psychology and minor in Neuroscience. Viv is interested in studying children’s cognitive development and learning, and the influences of internal and external factors on child development. After graduation, she hopes to attend graduate school in a clinical psychology program or optometry school and specialize in pediatric vision therapy.