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Aarti Bodas



 Phone (253) – 250 – 3008



September 2015- June 2019                 University of Washington, Seattle,

Bachelor of Science in Psychology, June 2019

Minor: Global Health

GPA: 3.68

Research Interests

  • Influence of social and physical environmental factors and cultural differences on social and cognitive development, especially in infants’ and young children’s learning and imagination

Research Experience

 Jan 2018-Jun 2019     Research Assistant and Honor’s Thesis Candidate,  Early Childhood Cognition Lab, University of Washington

Mentors: Dr. Jessica Sommerville & Dr. Kelsey Lucca

Honor’s Thesis Title: Can I Count on You?’ Infants’ Expectations of Prosocial Behavior Across Contexts

Recipient of Mary Gates Research Scholarship for Undergraduate Research and Guthrie Prize for Best Empirical Paper for Honors Thesis


  • Conducts research project with infant participants using SMI Eye-tracker
  • Interacts with parents and infants and answers parents’ questions regarding research
  • Codes infant looking-time data with BeGaze and Datavyu software
  • Conducts data analysis using SPSS and Microsoft Excel
  • Presents research during quarterly lab meetings with P.I., post-docs, graduate students and other research assistants
  • Mentors junior research assistants
  • Interacts with participants and parents and answers questions during experimentation
  • Recruits and schedules research participants
  • Creates marketing materials for lab participant recruitment use


Dec. 2018- Mar. 2019, Northwest Social Cognitive Development Conference

  • Student Organizer alongside conference organizers Dr. Kelsey Lucca, Dr. Jessica Sommerville and Dr. Kiley Hamlin
  • Designs Conference Website, Logo, Flyer, and Website Content
  • Designed Conference Abstract Book
  • Recruited conference presenters and attendees
  • Assisted with organizing conference schedule

Honors and Awards

Graduate Educational Honors and Awards

Aug 2019- May 2020    Graduate Student Research Assistantship, Villanova University

Undergraduate Educational Honors and Awards

Jun 2019                       Recipient of Guthrie Prize for Best Empirical Paper for Honors Thesis

May 2019                     Undergraduate Research Conference Travel Award

Mar 2019                      Hagenstein Endowment Travel Scholarship

Dec 2018                      Research Scholarship from the Mary Gates Endowment

Dec 2017- Jun 2019       Department of  Psychology Honor’s Program

Jun 2017                       University Dean’s List

Mar 2016                        University Dean’s List

Dec 2015                       University Dean’s List


Poster Presentations

Bodas, A., Kyuchukova, K., Lucca, K. & Sommerville, J. (2019) “Can I Count on You?” Siblings Influence Infants’ Expectations of Trustworthiness of Fair and Unfair Agents. To be presented at the Association for Psychological Science 31st Annual Convention. Washington D.C.

Bodas, A., Kyuchukova, K., Lucca, K. & Sommerville, J. (2019) “Can I Count on You?” Infants’ Expectations of Prosocial Behavior Across Context. Presented at the Northwest Social Cognitive Development Conference. Friday Harbor, WA.

Academic Work Experience

June 2018- June 2019  Mentor,  Odegaard Writing and Research Center

  • Mentors and supervises tutors in their work
  • Plans and organizes bi-weekly workshops and small-group meetings
  • Creates resources and reference guides for writers and tutors
  • Collaborates with Director, Coordinator and other Mentors to organize bi-quarterly staff meetings
  • Provides guidance for other tutors’ independent projects
  • Supervises Center during evening hours
  • Provides feedback to graduate and undergraduate university students on writing and research assignments


July 2016-June 2018    Tutor, Odegaard Writing and Research Center

  • Provided feedback to graduate and undergraduate students on writing and research assignments
  • Conducted independent research to improve marketing of Health Sciences Library satellite site
  • Participated in annual hiring committee and assisted managers in annual hiring cycle
  • Planned and organized community events (e.g. Holiday Party, December 2017 )

Leadership Experience

May 2018- June 2019   Social Media Coordinator, Diversity in Psychology

  • Designs marketing materials for bi-weekly meetings
  • Communicates with club members via weekly email newsletters
  • Communicates with Psychology Department about club activities

 November 2018, Double Dip Conference:

  • Recruited high school student participants for conference
  • Designed marketing materials and evaluation forms for visiting students and staff in attendance
  • Supervised and organized campus tours for visiting high school students

December 2016- April 2018    President, Snail Mail Society

  • Founded student organization dedicated to fostering community at the University through the art of letter-writing
  • Planned club activities, supervised projects of other club members and officers
  • Planned, organized and facilitated Pen Pals Project

February 2018, Pen Pals Project

  • Project Lead, Organizer and Coordinator
  • Connected 15 pairs of students via letter-writing
  • Collaborated with other organization members to host meet and greet for students in February 2018

Professional Skills

  • Eye-Tracking Experience using eye-tracker technology (SMI) in experiments with infant participants, data extraction and analysis
  • Data Analysis: Experience in using SPSS statistical software for data analysis
  • Data Coding: Experience with Datavyu and BeGaze Data coding programs
  • Languages: English (Native Speaker); Marathi (Native Speaker)
  • Social Media: Blogging (WordPress, Medium, LinkedIn), Website Design (WordPress), Photography, Graphic Design Skills (Canva), Social Media Marketing via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, & Email (MailChimp) marketing