Kable Lab - People

Primary Investigator: Joe Kable, Ph.D.
Joe Kable is the Baird Term Associate Professor of Psychology at Penn. Research in his lab is concerned with how people make choices, and the neurophysiological mechanisms underlying decision-making. This work combines approaches from experimental economics, the psychology of judgment and decision-making, and social and cognitive neuroscience.
For a copy of Dr. Kable’s CV, click here.
To visit Dr. Kable’s Faculty webpage, click here.
Post-doctoral fellow: Karolina Lempert
Karolina received her PhD in psychology at New York University. She is currently investigating contributions of episodic memory to temporal discounting across adulthood. In general, Karolina is interested in how contextual factors shape value-based decisions, and how this knowledge could be leveraged to develop better policies and treatments. Outside of the lab, she likes to try new workouts, read fiction, and watch acclaimed TV dramas.
Post-doctoral fellow: Kristin Brethel-Haurwitz
Kristin completed her Ph.D. in psychology at Georgetown University. She previously received a B.S. in biopsychology from Tufts University and worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator at Massachusetts General Hospital. Her graduate research focused on the neurocognitive bases of extraordinary altruism, and she will be extending research on her interests in the brain bases of empathy and social cognition to excessive selfishness during her postdoctoral training.
Postdoctoral Fellow: Alexandre Filipowicz
Alex Filipowicz is from Waterloo, ON, Canada, where he received his Ph.D in Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Waterloo. His research focuses on the neural and behavioral mechanisms that drive the way we form and update beliefs, and how individual differences in these mechanisms influence decision-making. Alex’s is co-supervised by Joe Kable and Joshua Gold, and his work combines the use of psychophysics, neuroimaging, and computational modeling. Other than research, he enjoys sports (baseball and AFL in particular), museums, and travel.
Post-doctoral fellow: Kenji Kobayashi
Kenji Kobayashi is from Yokohama, Japan. He received his PhD in Neuroscience at University of California, Berkeley, and received postdoctoral training at Columbia University before joining Kable lab. His research is concerned with neurocognitive mechanisms of uncertainty reduction and information seeking in the service of value-based decision making. His past work includes quantitative modeling of behavior, fMRI, and EEG.
Graduate Student: Linda Yu
Linda Yu is from balmy Victoria, BC, Canada and completed her bachelor's degree at McGill University. She is currently a doctoral Psychology student at UPenn. Linda is investigating the neural networks involved in economic decision-making, with a combination of functional neuroimaging and behavioral studies of patients with focal brain damage. She enjoys reading old books and trying new foods.
Graduate Student: Arthur Lee
Arthur is a joint Ph.D. student in psychology and marketing. He is also completing his dual masters in statistics. Arthur is currently working on 'Neural Currency' project which aims to build a task-general 'utility reader' that can read people's preferences regardless of commodities. Arthur is also interested in statistical methodology and have been developing a new statistical method to simultaneously model people's subjective appraisals of monetary amounts, probabilities, and time. Check out his personal website here.
Arthur Lee
Graduate Student: Chang-Hao Kao
Chang-Hao Kao is from Taiwan, and received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Psychology at National Chengchi University. His previous studies focused on risky decision making, learning processes and Bayesian inference. Currently, he is interested in how people update information and make decisions in changing environments through computational modelling and functional imaging. He enjoys playing badminton, cooking and playing board games.
Graduate Student: Min Su Kang
Min is a Ph.D. student in Clinical Psychology, and received her bachelor’s degree from Duke University. After graduating, she completed her master’s at Harvard University and worked as a research assistant at McLean Hospital. Min’s interests focus on the neural processes underlying value-based decision making, and how they may be altered across mood disorders. When she is not in the lab, she enjoys baking macarons and walking her dog all around Philadelphia.
Graduate Student: Eve Zih-Yun Yan
Eve is from Taichung, Taiwan. She is currently a master student in behavioral and decision sciences at UPenn. Eve is investigating the neural network of human affective empathy with Dr. Kristin Brethel-Haurwitz with the meta-analysis approach. She plans on pursuing a PhD in psychology in the future. She enjoys listening to Taiwanese hip-hop music and traveling around the world.
Research Specialist: Laura Zaneski
Laura earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Cognitive Neuroscience from Temple University in 2018, and is now a Research Specialist for the Kable Lab at Upenn. She is broadly interested in how risk, social influence and digital media affects decision-making. Her current work is examining individual differences in explorative behaviors of late adolescents and its relationship with self-reported risk-taking and digital media use. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, playing video games with friends, and taking pictures of her cat.
Current Undergraduate Students:
Jinyi Kuang
Nabil Khan

Lab Alumni
Post-doctoral Fellows:

Wi Hoon Jung, Ph.D. (2014-2016)
Wi Hoon is returning to South Korea.
Chris Glaze, Ph.D. (2014-2016)
Chris is doing data analysis and machine-learning work for Chubb, Limited.
Joe McGuire, Ph.D. (2010-2015)
Joe is currently an Assistant Professor in the Psychological & Brain Sciences department at Boston University.
Karin Cox, Ph.D. (2011-2014)
Karin is currently a Research Scientist in the Psychiatry department at the University of Pittsburgh.
Matthew Nassar, Ph.D. (2012-2013)
Matthew is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at Brown University. See his lab website here.

Graduate Students:

Marieta Pehlivanova, Ph.D. (2012-2017)
Marieta is currently a senior research specialist at the University of Virginia.
Trishala Parthasarthi, Ph.D. (2013-2017)
Trishala is interested in continuing the teaching work that she became interested in during her experiences as a TA and, later, as a fellow for the Penn Center for Teaching and Learning.
Betty Kim Viechnicki, Ph.D., M.S.W. (2010-2015)
Betty is currently a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group in Philadelphia.
Dahlia Mukherjee, Ph.D. (2012-2014)
Dahlia went on to complete a clinical internship at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, NY.
Nicole Cooper, Ph.D. (2008-2013)
Nicole is currently a post-doctoral fellow with Dr. Emily Falk in the Communication Neuroscience lab at the University of Pennsylvania.

Research Specialists:

Kameron MacNear (2017-2019): Currently a clinical psychology PhD student at University of Illinois
Katie Caulfield (2015-2018): Currently a clinical psychology PhD student at University of Pittsburgh
Jennifer Jorgensen (2014-2016):
Currently working as a CAT modeler at Chubb, Limited.
Rebecca Kazinka (2012-2016): Currently a clinical psychology PhD student at University of Minnesota.
Mairead McConnell (2013-2015): Currently a clinical psychology PhD student at University of Arizona.
Gabe Donnay (2012-2013): Currently a senior data scientist with System1 in Los Angeles.
Stav Atir (2010-2012): Currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Dan Willard (2011-2012):
Currently working as a people analytics research scientist for Uber.
Annika Hillebrandt (2010-2011): Currently an assistant professor at Ryerson University.
Jessica Bodie (2008-2010): Currently working as a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Treatment and Study of Anxiety in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Undergraduates and Other Students:

Chris Hanson (Fall 2016)
Ana Carolina Boncompagni (Fall 2015-Spring 2016)
Chetan Khanna (Fall 2015)
Jae Hur (Fall 2015)
Jessica Ryan (Fall 2015)
John Paul Hagan (Fall 2015)
Jonathan Bloom (Spring 2016)
Kalijah Terilli (Fall 2013 - Spring 2016)
Karen Zhao (Fall 2015)
Morgan Wu (Fall 2015)
Sergio Guadix (Fall 2015)
Alli Oakes (2010-2013): Went on to be an IRTA Post-Bac at NIH
Athena Lem (Fall 2013)
Cindy Kim (2009-2010)
Daniel Santos (Fall 2011): Went on to be a Research Specialist at Georgetown University
Darby Breslow (2014)
Darryl Seligman (Summer 2011)
Elizabeth Thompson (Summer 2011)
Jeff Luery (Spring 2014): Post-Baccalaureate
Jose Robles (Fall 2012)
Justin Reggi (2011-2012): Went on to be a consultant at Blueprint Research in New York
Kathleen Hoe (Fall 2013)
Kelsey Williams (Fall 2014): Current Penn student
Khoi Vo (2009-2012): Went on to be a Research Specialist at Temple University
Lauren Brandes (Spring 2009)
Lina Hashem (2013-2014)
Maggie Covel (2010-2011)
Maggie Merrill (2013-2014)
Nitya Kanuri (Spring 2012)
Oscar Bartra Carreras (2011-2012)
Peter McNally (Summer 2012): Went on to be a Research Specialist at Penn
Qintan (QT) Lin (Spring 2011): Went on to get a Masters in Counseling at Penn
Rochelle Shen (Spring 2014): Current Penn student
Shikha Saxena (Spring 2011): Went on to be a medical student at Penn
Sophie Gindea (Summer 2011)
Sunny Saxena (Fall 2009): Went on to be a consultant at ZS Associates
Teresa Wang (Fall 2010)
Thomas Peterson (Spring 2014): Current Penn student
Yael Burla (2012-2014)
Yuhao (David) Xu (Summer 2015): Current Swarthmore student
Zeynep Enkavi (2011-2012): Went on to be a PhD student at Stanford University