Paul D. Windschitl, Ph.D.Director

Paul D. Windschitl, Ph.D.

Department of Psychology
University of Iowa 
Iowa City, IA 52242 
Phone: (319) 335-2435 
Fax: (319) 335-0191

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Graduate Students

Jane Miller


Jane Miller

Jane Miller is a seventh-year graduate student in the Social Psychology area. She received her B.S. in Psychology and Studio Art in 2015 from Union College in Schenectady, New York. Her research generally examines the processes people undergo to make judgments about themselves, other people, and the future, as well as the biases that affect the accuracy of those judgments. Most recently, she has been investigating how people's interpretations of the term "optimism" infuence their judgments about future events. Outside of graduate school, Jane is an avid collector of dice and also enjoys playing board games, baking, and watching television.





Inkyung Park

Inkyung Park is a fifth-year graduate student in the Cognition area. She received her B.A. in Psychology in 2014 from Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, Korea and her M.A. in Cognitive Psychology in 2017 from Chung-Ang University in Seoul, Korea. Her research focuses on understanding the processes underlying people’s decisions when it involves risk or uncertainty, and on how such knowledge can be adapted to enhance the quality of decision making in our everyday life. In her free time, Inkyung like to watch movies, practice guitar and water plants so they don’t die.






Jeremy Strueder

Jeremy Strueder is a second-year graduate student in the cognition/social psychology area. He received his B.S. in Psychology and B.B.A. in Marketing in 2020 from the University of Iowa. His research interests broadly center around the discrepancies between normative decision models that define optimal decision-making and people’s actual decision processes that are often subject to biases. In his free time, he likes to watch movies and play tennis. He also loves to eat and enjoys trying new foods from different cultures.


Ph.D. Graduates advised by Dr. Windschitl

John Chambers @ Saint Louis University
Mary Jenson @ South Dakota State University
Zlatan Krizan @ Iowa State University
Mollie Marti @ Wealthstone Financial
Jason Rose @ University of Toledo
Andrew Smith @ Appalachian State University
Aaron Scherer @ Carver College of Medicine (University of Iowa)
Jillian Stuart @ The College of Wooster

Research Assistants

Kathleen Dam     Kathleen Dam

Kathleen is a third-year student majoring in Psychology on the Pre-Med track. Her research interests are social identity and decision-making. After completing her undergraduate studies, she hopes to get a Master's in I/O Psychology and then go on to medical school. Some of her hobbies include watching animations, playing video games, and journaling.

Oksana Hirchak     Oksana

Oksana is a fourth-year student majoring in Psychology at the University of Iowa. She has B.A. and M.Ed. in History from Ivan Franko National University of Lviv in Ukraine. Within the field of Social Psychology, Oksana is interested in interpersonal relationships and motivation. She loves traveling, writing, drinking coffee, teaching and learning languages.

Sabrina Lacy     Sabrina Lacy

Sabrina is a junior pursuing a B.S. in Psychology and B.A. in English & Creative Writing. She is interested in both social and cognitive psychology with interests in memory, biases, and decision-making. Outside of class, Sabrina enjoys reading, writing, watching tv, and being a Resident Assistant.

Sakshi Lawande Sakshi

Sakshi is a third-year undergraduate student and will be graduating with a B.A. in psychology and a minor in educational psychology in the spring. This fall she will be applying to graduate programs with a focus on counseling psychology in hopes to pursue a Ph.D. Her main areas of interest are intergenerational trauma and the cultural barriers to seeking treatment. She is the network lead for WE ARE SAATH—a new student organization aimed at increasing mental health resources for the South Asian community, as well as an undergraduate teaching assistant for Intro to Social Psychology. Outside of school, she enjoys being a barista at Mammitas Coffee, painting, traveling, and playing tennis.  

Tommy Looi Tommy

Tommy is a sophomore pursuing a B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy, with a minor in Music. He is interested in both social and clinical psychology and is hoping to attend graduate school to explore these areas in greater depth. Outside of school, Tommy enjoys video games, playing the piano, music of various genres, and spending time with his dog, Eden (pictured).

Divija Sharma Divija

I am a third-year student majoring in Psychology with a minor in Philosophy. My research interests include social cognition, biases, and decision-making. Apart from sincere curiosity, these are largely motivated by my experiences as an international student leader. Outside of lab, I enjoy reading about mythology, listening to classical music and making watercolour paintings.

Zach Taylor  Zach

My name is Zach Taylor, I am a fifth-year student at Iowa pursuing a B.A. degree in psychology. After undergrad, I plan to attend graduate school with hopes of attaining a degree in clinical mental health counselling. Working with a special needs population and being a mental health outlet for my student organization have both ignited my passion for impacting the world in a meaningful way and set me on the counselling path. Outside of class I enjoy producing music, playing tennis, cooking, and spending time with my dog and cats.