Our Team

Ariel Kalil, Ph.D.
Susan E. Mayer, Ph.D.
Research Staff
Michelle Michelini, MPP
Executive Director
Ana Arellano Jimenez
Project Manager
Diana Ahmad
Project and Communications Manager
Noah Liu, MPP
Predoctoral Fellow
Doctoral Researchers
Sebastián Gallegos, Ph.D.
Academic Collaborator
Rohen Shah
Ph.D. Student, Harris School of Public Policy
Derek Rury, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Eliana Polimeni
Ph.D. Student, Kellogg School of Management

Alumni Spotlight

Join us as we sit down with former students to learn what drives them, what they learned at the BIP Lab, and where they are now.

Jill Gandhi
Brian Louie
Eliana Polimeni
Luis E. Gonzales-Carrasco
Shanika Gunaratna
Ana Dora González-Guerra Núñez
Seoyeon Choi
Rohen Shah

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Student Research Assistant Opportunities

Undergraduate and graduate students interested in working with the BIP Lab can assist in a variety of ways. For example, our students help collect data at local research sites, audit data, and contribute to the preparation of research materials and presentations. This role provides students with a valuable opportunity to gain experience in field research and data collection. To learn about any opportunities that may be available and to express interest in assisting with the BIP Lab’s projects, please complete and submit the RA Application Form.

Thank you for your interest in working with the Behavioral Insights and Parenting Lab, we do not have any open opportunities at the moment, please check back soon. 


Doctoral Student Opportunities

PhD students are integral to research design, data analysis, and dissemination of the results of the BIP Lab’s work. Doctoral students, postdoctoral scholars, and research staff collaborate with professors and co-directors Kalil and Mayer to design and implement the research, and prepare manuscripts and reports for peer review.
Please email Professor Ariel Kalil, Co-Director of the BIP Lab at akalil@uchicago.edu to discuss joining our doctoral or postdoctoral team.

Career Opportunities

A team of talented professional research staff is central to conducting our research.
Open positions are listed below. We welcome your application and if we do not have openings listed, we hope you continue to check back.

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