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.

Natasha Ouslis

Natasha is a behaviour change consultant, writer, and researcher. She started her own workplace behavioural science consulting firm after working as a consultant at fast-growing behavioural economics companies including BEworks. Natasha is also finishing her PhD in organizational psychology at Western University, specializing in team conflict and collaboration, where she completed her Master of Science in the same field. She has a monthly column on workplace behavioural design in the Habit Weekly newsletter and is a Director and science translator at the nonprofit ScienceForWork.

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.

Zach Sturman

Zach Sturman is currently pursuing a joint J.D. / Ph.D. in Law & Economics from Vanderbilt University, specializing in Behavioral Law & Economics as well as Risk & Environmental Regulation. His work has been featured in peer-reviewed journals and a 2021 book chapter from Cambridge University Press on trade regulations in the United States. Zach is passionate about solving thorny problems—such as handwashing efficacy, juror decision-making, and campus meal access—by using creative thinking and evidence-based toolkits. He holds a B.A. in Political Science & in Spanish, with minors in both Economics & Astronomy, from the Honors College at the College of Charleston. Zach graduated first in his class and served as Student Body President while in college. He is also a proud new dad to a puppy named Jolly.