People

About the Co-Directors

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Ariel Kalil, Ph.D. is a professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, where she also directs the Center for Human Potential and Public Policy. She is a developmental psychologist who studies economic conditions, parenting, and child development. In addition to her work at the Behavioral Insights and Parenting Lab (BIP Lab), her current research examines the historical evolution of income-based gaps in parenting behavior and children’s cognitive and non-cognitive skills.

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Susan E. Mayer, Ph.D. is a professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. She is an expert on the measurement of poverty, the effect of growing up in poor neighborhoods, and the effect of parental income on children's well-being. In addition to her work at the Behavioral Insights and Parenting Lab (BIP Lab), she is engaged in a number of studies of intergenerational economic mobility.

About the Research Team

The BIP Lab functions thanks to support from its academic collaborators, staff and team of undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Chicago. 

Students tend to fall under two categories:

  • The PhD Team, Chicago Harris PhD students who study various facets of early human capital development and provide their expertise on the BIP Lab's research projects.
  • Research Assistants, who are graduate and undergraduate students interested in gaining field research experience and passionate about the mission of the BIP Lab.

If you are a student interested in joining the team, please email Keri Lintz, Associate Director of the Center for Human Potential & Public Policy, at keri.lintz@uchicago.edu to inquire about open opportunities.