ACK! Lab

People

Faculty

Aaron C. Kay

Aaron C. Kay

I am an associate professor of management and associate professor of psychology & neuroscience at Duke University, with a Ph.D. in psychology from Stanford University (2005). My research centers on the application of social cognitive and social psychological theories, principles, and processes to the understanding of individual and societal motivations, beliefs, and behaviors. These include (but are not limited to) the causes and consequences of stereotyping, religious belief, political ideology, and the attitudes people hold toward their organizations and institutions.

Email: 
aaron.kay [at] duke.edu

Postdocs

Toni Kenthirarajah

Dushiyanthini (Toni) Kenthirarajah

I am a postdoctoral associate investigating the psychological barriers that military veterans face when transitioning into employment and educational settings, as well as the role that differences in working class and middle class students' approach to learning play in the adversities that first generation students face in college. In other work, I study biases in criminal sentencing. I received my Ph.D. (2015) and M.A. (2013) in psychology from Stanford University and my B.A. (2010) with honors in psychology from the University of Waterloo.

Email: 
toni.kent [at] duke.edu

PhD Students

Beatrice Capestany

Beatrice Capestany

I graduated from Vassar College in 2009 with a degree in Neuroscience & Behavior. I am interested in justice and motivated social cognition. My research investigates how context and motivated beliefs interact to produce injustice.

Email: 
beatrice.capestany [at] duke.edu
Sean Fath

Sean Fath

I am interested in the psychology of hierarchy. At present, my research examines people's lay beliefs about managerial hierarchy in organizations, and the way those beliefs affect outcomes like organizational attractiveness and investment decisions. I also examine how a chronic preference for social hierarchy can help explain people's affinity for certain types of organizational and work team design.

Email: 
sean.fath [at] duke.edu
Jae Yun Kim

Jae Yun Kim

I study how prevailing ideologies (of work and life) shape people's perceptions about justice, equality, fairness, and legitimacy. I am particularly interested in beliefs about work (e.g., the perceived relationship between different types of effort and subjective/objective reward), suffering, social change, and well-being.

Email: 
jaeyun.kim [at] duke.edu
Anyi Ma

Anyi Ma

My research lies at the intersection between psychology and business. I am passionate about the broad topics related to the concept of agency, such as control and choice, in the context of organizations and negotiations.

Email: 
anyi.ma [at] duke.edu
Devon Proudfoot

Devon Proudfoot

I am a fourth year doctoral student in Management and Organizations at Duke University. I received a BA in psychology from McGill University and a MSc in social psychology from the London School of Economics. My research primarily examines: i) stereotyping and discrimination in the workplace; ii) system justification processes in organizational and institutional contexts.

Email: 
devon.proudfoot [at] duke.edu
Simone Tang

Simone Tang

I am a PhD student in the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. I am interested in how people's decisions and behaviors can be both (a) affected and (b) motivated by ideologies and moral cues.

Email: 
simone.tang [at] duke.edu

Opportunities

We are looking for smart, dedicated and hardworking undergraduates who will be able to volunteer 6–10 hours per week. If you are interested in the work that we are doing and would like to be a part of it, please email us!