Hi, I'm Yena

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


(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.



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.



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.