Hi, I'm Yena

And I’m endlessly curious about humanity’s quirks.

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(A Lil’ Bit) About Me

Hailing from the suburbs of New York, I now spend my time gleefully picking people’s brains as a psych major at the University of Chicago. Currently, I manage the Attention, Perception, & EXperience (APEX) Lab as well as conduct studies on wisdom and emotional intelligence.

I graduated from Roslyn High School, which is where I first encountered behavioral and social sciences research. By the time I left high school, I was named one of the nation’s 300 Regeneron Science Talent Search 2017 Scholars (formerly Intel Semifinalists); published a journal article; and got invited to present my work at Stanford University.

The universality of psychological research is what I love most. And so, the blend between scientific theory and practice is at the core of my approach to UX research. I enjoy pinpointing empirical questions to investigate and tying insights back to a larger problem. However, the best part of design research is knowing that I can practice empathy in a tangible way and help design more lovely experiences for individuals.

 

Contact

If you have a question, would like to work together, or just want to say “hey, how you doin’,” just email me at yenakim(at)uchicago.edu.

 

Resume

Feel free to check out my past experiences more in depth <here>.

 

My Superpowers

  • I come with 7+ years of qualitative and quantitative research experience in social-cognitive psychology.

  • I’d like to think that I have effective survey design down to a science.

  • I love working in cross-functional teams and presenting insights that inform design strategy.

  • I’m constantly checking my assumptions, making sure I follow the scientific method.

  • I’m not afraid to get my hands dirty with good ol’ data in R.