Applied Public Policy and Leadership Experiments (APPLE) Lab

Lab Manager


Teju Ogungbadero 

Teju graduated from Miami University of Ohio in May 2020 with a Bachelor's in Psychology. Her research interests include racial biases in pain perception and workplace culture. She intends to attend graduate school for I/O psychology and settle down in Canada. Her favorite classic psychology experiment is Ashe's line study, and in her free time she attempts to play the ukulele.

Post-Doctoral Fellows


Erin Frey

Erin is a post-doctoral fellow at UVA’s Darden School of Business and received her Ph.D in Organizational Behavior from Harvard Business School in 2018. She has an undergraduate degree in environmental science and public policy. Erin currently is a mixed-methods researcher studying the aftermath of bad behavior in organizations, and her topics of study range from how transgressors reintegrate into organizations following ethical violations to how victims and transgressors repair relationships. Erin will join the USC Marshall School of Business in Fall 2021 as a tenure-track assistant professor.

Graduate students


Evan Bruno

Evan is a Ph.D candidate in his fifth year of the program for leadership and organizational behavior. He is currently studying the impact of voice and silence, ethical judgments, and perspective in organizations. Evan will join the College of Business at James Madison University in Fall 2021 as a tenure-track assistant professor.


Maura Austin

Maura is a Ph.D candidate in her third year of the Social Psychology program. In the lab she is working on investigating how people update their judgments of moral character and perceive changes or growth in others' moral character. She is interested in the interesting paradox that people seem to enjoy successful redemption stories, but - conflictingly - hesitate to offer second chances to people who are in the process of attempting to redeem themselves. Maura grew up in Japan, which inspired her to study social psychology.


Laurel Detert

Laurel graduated in May 2020 from The College of William & Mary with a B.S. in Neuroscience and Public Health. During her undergraduate time, she was involved in research on decision making during political conversations and utilized physiological data to explore political disengagement. In Fall 2021, Laurel will join the Management & Organizations PhD program at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. 

Undergraduate Students


Ben Stein ‘21

Ben is a fourth-year in the College of Arts and Sciences double majoring in Economics and Cognitive Science. In addition to his work in the lab, he is also working with Professor Adams to research the construct of Petty Revenge. Ben spent this past summer interning with Chewy and hopes to work in business analytics or consulting after graduation. Eventually, he plans on getting an MBA or a Ph.D. in economics or psychology. 


Madeline DeRose ‘21

Madeline is a fourth-year in Batten majoring in Public Policy and Leadership and minoring in Spanish. In addition to being a research assistant, she is working on a project through Hacking for Defense in which she consults for Col. King, Army Command Assessments Chief, to analyze and inform cyber budget trends. Madeline has previously worked for her Congressman on his state senate campaign and aspires to work in government herself, hoping to enter the fields of either intelligence or education policy. 


Maya Ewart ‘21

Maya is a fourth-year majoring in psychology who will be returning to UVA next year to complete her Accelerated Master's in Public Policy at Batten. She is a producer for Spectrum Theatre, a student-run provocative theatre group, and the director of their 2019 musical, Spring Awakening. This summer Maya worked at Rock Recovery, a nonprofit that provides education and treatment for people with eating disorders. After graduation, she wants to enter the field of education policy, focusing on in-school mental health support. She also aims to help destigmatize eating disorders and make mental health care equitable, accessible, and affordable.  

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David Wornow ‘21

David is a fourth-year double majoring in Commerce and History. At UVA, he is involved with the Jefferson Startup Network which aims to connect students with startups on the west coast. He has previously held a variety of summer jobs, ranging from dishwashing at a fast-food restaurant to doing financial projections for a large asset manager. David does not know specifically what he wants to do after graduation, however, he is seeking exciting opportunities that will continue forcing him to expand his skillset by learning new things. 


Luc Teyssier '22

Luc is a third-year student majoring in Women and Gender Studies with a concentration in sexuality studies. He’s currently a governance board member of Brown Residential College and a member of the Ad-Hoc Student Council Committee on Sexual Assault Survivor Support. In the past, Luc has interned for the ACLU and his Congressional Representative. Luc plans to graduate in the Spring of 2021 and aspires to attend a graduate program for a Master’s of Social Work next fall. Luc hopes to use the MSW to practice sex and trauma therapy. 


Lisette Dubow '22

Lisette is third-year majoring in Public Policy and Leadership at Batten and double minoring in Chinese and Middle Eastern Language. She is an intern for the Office of Health Promotion at UVA and has previously been involved in leading sexual health education workshops in low-income communities. She hopes to attend law school and work for a government think-tank after graduation. 


Charlie Groscup '22

Charlie is a third-year in the College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in Economics and minoring in Politics, who will be applying to the Master's in Public Policy program at Batten this year. He is a member of the Honor Committee and the Fed Challenge Team, and he spent this summer working with the Virginia Weldon Cooper Center to conduct clean energy policy research. After graduating, he hopes to be an economic policy advisor.


Caroline Daniel '22

Caroline is a third-year double majoring in Economics and Leadership and Public Policy and minoring in Spanish. Last summer she worked as a healthcare consulting intern and took online classes. Presently, she is a program director for both the PVCC Community Garden and an English tutoring program for Spanish-speaking Charlottesville immigrants. After graduation, Caroline hopes either attend law school or enter the field of consulting. 



Abby Keatts '22

Abby is a third-year majoring in Public Policy and Leadership and minoring in American Sign Language and Deaf Culture. At UVA, she works at the Career Center, volunteers with the football team, and lives in Shea House where she gets hands-on experience with ASL and the Deaf community. In addition to her jobs in Charlottesville, she interns at a law firm and works at a grocery store while at home. After graduation, she hopes to earn either a graduate degree in public policy or public health.


Jenny Kim '22

Jenny is a third-year majoring in Global Sustainability, minoring in both environmental planning and art history, and who is on the pre-med track. At UVA, she is involved with the Sustainability Advocates group. After having the opportunity to explore Copenhagen last summer, Jenny will hopefully be traveling to Iceland this summer to intern with a sustainability organization. After graduating, she seeks to work in healthcare and improve hospital environments by implementing sustainable practices.


Catherine Nash '23

Catherine Nash is a second-year in the College of Arts in Sciences planning on majoring in Public Policy and Leadership at Batten and minoring in American Sign Language. At UVA, she is on the riding team and volunteers as a program director for an animal sanctuary. She will be interning at a law firm this summer and hopes to become a criminal defense attorney after graduating. 

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Jordan Taliaferro '23

Jordan is a second-year in the College of Arts and Sciences aspiring to major in Psychology. This year, Jordan is working with Professor Adams in the APPLE Lab, where she is currently doing research with the #metoo project. Around campus, she is a part of CKI (a volunteer organization within the Key Club family), a peer advisor through Ulink, and a TA for the new curriculum. After graduation, Jordan hopes to further her passion for helping others by becoming a psychiatrist or psychologist.


Hannah Mulhern '23

Hannah is a second-year in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in Cognitive Science with a concentration in Computer Science and is currently on the pre-med track. She is VP of chapter relations and standards for her sorority Alpha Chi Omega, and is also involved in Hoothon, UVA ambassadors, and Survivor at UVA.


Will Butler '23

Will is a second-year majoring in Computer Science and Commerce. This past Summer, he interned with a firm focusing on sustainable agriculture. On grounds, he is a member of the Global Markets Group, he volunteers as a language partner in VISAS and is a peer leader in the Blueprint Leadership Program. He also works as a TA for UVA's Computer Science Department. After graduation, Will hopes to either obtain a graduate degree in Data Science or begin his career in consulting.

Lab Alumni

Lab Manager​


Margaret Wiwuga 

Margaret graduated from the University of Virginia in 2018 with BAs in Psychology and Studio Art. She is applying to Clinical Psychology Ph.D. programs to pursue a variety of research interests ranging from psychopathology formation and prevention to coping mechanisms, trauma, and methods to bolster wellbeing in underrepresented and at-risk communities. Currently, Margaret works with teams of clinicians, nurses, doctors, and case managers at the Wellness Recovery Center in Charlottesville, a residential crisis stabilization facility aiding members of the community in addressing mental health issues. In her free time, Margaret enjoys learning Spanish, playing instruments, and raving about how amazing Colombia is.

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Post-Doctoral Fellows


Andy Hales

Undergraduate Students


Vika Herrera '19​


Ben Kilpatrick ‘21


Lily Brucker ‘22

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Saahithi Budharaju ‘20


Faiza Khanbozai '21


Nidhi Desal '22


Hannah Koizumi ‘21


Joanne Kim '21

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Sydney Wayand '23