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  • Nilam Ram

    Nilam Ram

    Professor of Communication and Psychology

    BioNilam Ram studies the dynamic interplay of psychological and media processes and how they change from moment-to-moment and across the life span.

    Nilam’s research grows out of a history of studying change. After completing his undergraduate study of economics, he worked as a currency trader, frantically tracking and trying to predict the movement of world markets as they jerked up, down and sideways. Later, he moved on to the study of human movement, kinesiology, and eventually psychological processes - with a specialization in longitudinal research methodology. Generally, Nilam studies how short-term changes (e.g., processes such as learning, information processing, emotion regulation, etc.) develop across the life span, and how longitudinal study designs contribute to generation of new knowledge. Current projects include examinations of age-related change in children’s self- and emotion-regulation; patterns in minute-to-minute and day-to-day progression of adolescents’ and adults’ emotions; and change in contextual influences on well-being during old age. He is developing a variety of study paradigms that use recent developments in data science and the intensive data streams arriving from social media, mobile sensors, and smartphones to study change at multiple time scales.

  • Marianne Reddan

    Marianne Reddan

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Psychology

    BioMarianne began researching human emotion as an undergraduate in the laboratory of Elizabeth Phelps at NYU under the guidance of Catherine Hartley. Later she worked as a lab manager for Daniela Schiller at Mount Sinai. She completed her PhD with Tor Wager at CU Boulder in 2019 where she specialized in machine learning applications to neuroimaging analysis and then began her post doc with Jamil Zaki at Stanford shortly after. She is interested in decoding how the brain represents emotions and how these representations are modified through social interaction. She hopes that her research can benefit society by promoting mutual aid and transformative justice.

  • Renee Rittler

    Renee Rittler

    Administrative Services Manager, Psychology

    Current Role at StanfordI am the Administrative Services Supervisor in the Department of Psychology within the School of Humanities and Sciences. I supervise the Faculty Administrative Associates and the Lab Administrative Coordinator, who support the faculty of the our department which offers undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees in Psychology, and conducts research in the areas of affective science, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, neuroscience, and social psychology. In addition to being the Administrative Services Supervisor, I also provide administrative support to Professors Grill-Spector, Wine, Fernald, McClelland, Gerstenberg, and Goodma, their students, and research groups. I am involved with the grant and IRB management for the research protocols of my faculty. I am the Website Coordinator for our department.