Kaylee Somerville

Kaylee is a research and teaching assistant at the University of Calgary in the areas of finance, entrepreneurship, and workplace harassment. Holding international experience in events, marketing, and consulting, Kaylee hopes to use behavioral research to help individuals at work. She is particularly interested in the topics of gender, leadership, and productivity. Kaylee completed her Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary.

Preeti Kotamarthi

Akhil Bansal

Akhil Bansal is a junior doctor and researcher who sits on the board of several health non-for profits. He is a staff writer at The Decision Lab, and is particularly interested in how behavioural economics insights can be applied to improve health and healthcare. He has a special interest in low-cost healthcare innovations, and the role organisational development plays in driving growth and longevity. An aspiring ceramicist, Akhil is often found sitting at a potter’s wheel on the weekends. Akhil graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Medicine.

Sanketh Andhavarapu

Sanketh is an undergraduate at the University of Maryland: College Park pursuing an individualized major in neuroeconomics with a minor in innovation and entrepreneurship. He is also the co-founder of an app startup centered around behavioral economics to improve clinician wellness. Sanketh hopes to apply concepts from behavioral science and neuroeconomics to improve patient and physician decision-making, and in turn, improve the overall quality of healthcare.

Ruhani Walia

Ruhani has a passion for using behavioural science to enact social good. Excited by the opportunities presented by gaps in the knowledge of human behaviour and technology, she has worked on projects involving blockchain to grant women more economic autonomy and wireless energy transfer. Prior to joining TDL, she was an innovation intern at Interac where she completed projects in open banking and consumer preferences. Ruhani also worked as a graphic designer at The Awesome Music Project, a non-profit funding mental health research, where she helped launch their digital platform. Currently, she is preparing to pilot a life-saving intervention in Nigeria with the Ministry of Health through her company Ending Maternal Mortality.

Jeffrey To

Jeffrey is a Summer Associate at The Decision Lab. Prior to joining TDL, he’s worked at the Center for Addiction and Mental Health for research into youth mental health accessibility, and at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Higher Education for research into interventions against COVID-19-related anti-Asian racism. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Writing and Rhetoric and plans to attend graduate school in Organizational Behavior next year.

Juan Ignacio Murillo

Juan is a Summer Associate at The Decision Lab. He recently graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor’s degree in philosophy and linguistics, and starting this upcoming fall he will be pursuing an MA in Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is passionate about integrating and applying traditional philosophical thinking—especially in metaethics, the philosophy of language, and the philosophy of science—to empirical research and problems in everyday life. Currently, he is interested in what values are, and how they feature in what we say and how we think. He is also interested in how understanding the role values play in our lives may help us deal with broader societal issues, such as vaccine hesitancy.

Triumph Kerins

Triumph is passionate about understanding how human behaviour influences our world. Whether it be global macroeconomics or neural networks, he is fascinated by how complex systems work, as well as how our own behaviour can help create, sustain, and break these systems. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Psychology at McGill University, attempting to design an interdisciplinary approach to better understand all the quirks that make us human. He has experience in non-profit consulting, journalism, and research. Outside of work, you can find Triumph playing bass guitar, gardening, or down at a local basketball court.