Daniel Briley

​Daniel Briley is an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research focuses on the development of personality, socioemotional skills, and academic achievement. The goal of this research is to better understand the pathways that children, adolescents, and adults can follow to obtain desired goals in the domains of health, career, and relationship success. To accomplish this goal, he examines the complex interconnections between genetic influences and environmental context. This work has demonstrated how the unique dispositions of individuals dynamically shape and interact with their environments, and how this process guides development.


Anqing Zheng

​Anqing Zheng joined the doctoral program in the Personalty Psychology division at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2016. Her research is centered on personality development, using methodologies including behavior genetic models, longitudinal design, multi-level modeling and machine-learning approach to answer questions about how people change, why they change, and what are the outcomes of those changes. She is also interested in alternative method to document personality change beyond the widely adapted self-report questionnaires. When she is outside of work, she enjoys the development of personality in friendship dyads, especially with her cat. Her personal website is accessible here:


Randi Vogt

Randi Vogt is a doctoral candidate in Social-Personality Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research focuses on the individual difference predictors and behavioral outcomes of overconfidence/non-ability-based confidence. In her work, she uses a variety of different methods, including longitudinal secondary data, twin studies, meta-analysis, and experiments. Her other research interests include the influence of overconfident individuals on team dynamics. She works with Daniel Briley and Dan Newman of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Joey Cheng of York University. In her free time, Randi likes cheering on her hometown sports teams — the Boston Red Sox, the Boston Celtics, and the New England Patriots.


Ben White

​Ben joined the Psychology doctoral program in 2017. He graduated from the University of Connecticut with a BS in Psychological Sciences. He is interested in how attitudes, emotions, personality, and environmental factors influence behavior and decision-making in health domains and how interventions can be  tailored around these factors to improve their efficacy.






Rachna Kavuru

Rachna joined the PAC Lab in fall 2019. She is originally from Naperville, Illinois but moved to Hyderabad, India 4 years ago. She is currently a sophomore in Psychology concentrating in Industrial/Organizational Psychology with a minor in Business. In her free time she likes watching TV shows, her favorite include Game of Thrones and The Office. 


Ashley Serna

Ashley joined the PAC Lab in fall 2019. She is from Westmont, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. She is currently a junior in Clinical/Community Psychology and Spanish. Ashley’s research interests include cultural differences in the way that developmental psychopathology is viewed and treated. In the future, she hopes to be able to combine both her majors and become a Child Psychologist who provides services to Spanish-speaking communities. Outside of psychology and research, Ashley enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, and watching Netflix.