Hong Bui (DC’18) is a psychology major from Austin, Texas. Her interests lie in the bridge between educational research and practice. Her research interests include how our perceptions of other individuals affect our behavior towards them. She is also interested in better understanding the efficacy of behavioral treatment in typical and non-typical school settings for children with ADHD and learning difficulties. In her spare time, she enjoys talking about faith over good food, singing random tunes, and trying not to laugh at her own jokes.
Bui is currently a research assistant at the Yale Infant Cognition Center. She is examining how infants perceive and reason about their social worlds. More specifically, for her senior thesis she will be exploring how infants code individual characteristics such as race and gender. She is hoping to use such work to better understand how such mechanisms may or may not be the basis for developing stereotypes.
In the summer of 2016, as part of the Summer Education Research Program (SERP), Bui interned at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, under the supervision of Dr. David Williamson Shaffer, the director of the Epistemic Games Group, and Golnaz Arastoopour-Irgens (PhD). Bui analyzed student data to develop and test mathematical models to predict student outcomes in the epistemic games designed by the lab. She also collected and evaluated teacher feedback on the instructor interface design and presented the results at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education Research Symposium.
This past summer, Bui served as a counselor at NYU-Langone’s Summer Program for Kids, a therapeutic treatment program for children with ADHD. She was trained to implement intensive behavior modification treatment and worked with two age groups:
7-9 year olds and 10-12 year olds. She also coordinated daily art projects and assisted in supervising recreational activities such as soccer, basketball, swimming, and baseball. She is incredibly thankful for the immense clinical supervision and training she received.