About Me

Deshawn Sambrano I completed my B.A. at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) where I majored in psychology and minored in philosophy. At CSUF I developed my research skills and worked on several research projects including two honors theses as a Maximizing Access to Career (MARC) Scholar and a McNair Scholar. Currently, I am in my first year of my PhD program in the Psychology Department at New York University working in Dr. Liz Phelps' lab.

Why psychology? Because I am interested in understanding how we navigate between our physical world and our mental world. Like many, I have always been interested in understanding the differences between people. There is so much variety in how we think, and yet no single way is correct. For example, for any given math problem there are a multitude of ways you can approach the problem and still come to the correct answer. This fact fascinates me to no end, and I study psychology to learn how the human mind works—along with its strengths and weaknesses—to help improve the ways in which we all think. My long term goal is to earn a tenure-track position as a faculty member in psychology.

When I am not in the lab, I love coding and learning new coding languages, solving math and logic puzzles, and playing the piano.

You can read more about my research here.