Rafi Prager

What skills did you gain that you found to be advantageous from being part of the group?
Virtually all of my research skills were developed in this lab. From learning how to conduct a literature review, running research participants to analyzing data on SPSS and writing an APA-style manuscript, the foundations of my research skills were all cultivated in Dr. Aiello’s lab. Additionally, the cohesive atmosphere and opportunity for autonomous research allowed me to strengthen my teamwork and leadership skills.

What have you been doing since you graduated?
Since graduating, I have been attending a PhD. Program in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at The Graduate Center, CUNY/Baruch College.

What are you doing now?
I am currently in my second year and working on my third-year thesis which is examining the role of goal orientation fit between instructors and learners in a training context. Additionally, I am teaching my third semester of Interviewing Techniques and TA’ing the Evolution of Modern Psychology. I will soon begin to prepare to teach an Experimental Psychology course this summer and into the fall semester of the next academic year.

Do you have any tips for current lab members?
My advice is to approach every opportunity optimistically and to take an active leadership role. It will enhance your skill set which will be utilized in graduate school or whatever career awaits you following graduation.