Updated 04/2022

Aarti Bodas


September 2021 – present Boston University
PhD in Psychology (Developmental Science)
GPA: 4.00/4.00
Advisor: Dr. Deborah Kelemen

August 2019 – September 2021 Villanova University
Master of Science in Psychology, Expected September 2021
GPA: 3.92/4.00
Thesis: Investigating the Influence of Educational Media on Children’s Environmental Views
Committee: Dr. Deena Weisberg (Chairperson), Dr. Janette Herbers, Dr. Irene Kan

September 2015 – June 2019 University of Washington, Seattle
Bachelor of Science in Psychology, June 2019
Minor: Global Health
GPA: 3.68/4.00 (Major GPA: 3.89/4.00)
Honor’s Thesis “Can I Count on You?”: Infants’ Expectations of Prosocial Behavior Across Contexts
Mentors: Dr. Jessica Sommerville, Dr. Kelsey Lucca

I am a PhD student pursuing a career as a psychological scientist and academic.My research interests are in the development of scientific reasoning skills during early childhood and how this development is shaped by various social factors. I’m also broadly interested in public trust in and understanding of science. My professional experiences include conducting research with young children (8-months-old to 10-years-old) in lab and applied settings (science museums and preschools). I’m also very interested in science identity, or the extent to which young children identify as capable of learning science, and, in the same vein, the extent to which science educators, researchers, and others identify young children as capable of learning science.

Professional Skills
• Conducting quantitative and qualitative psychological research
• Conducting research in applied (museums, preschools and elementary schools) and laboratory settings
• Using SPSS, R and JASP for data analysis.
• Using Eye-Tracking programs to collect child participant data
• Developing scientific research studies, designing data collection methodology and planning analyses
• Writing scientific research proposals, manuscripts, and giving research presentations
• Using Datavyu and BeGaze Data coding programs; experience transcribing participant interviews
• Bilingual: English (native speaker), Marathi (native speaker)
• Recruiting participants via Phone, Email, Social Media (Facebook), and in large public settings (Museums, Preschools)

Research Manuscripts

Chlebuch, N., Bodas, A., & Weisberg, D. S. (2022). What does the cat in the hat know about that? An analysis of the educational and unrealistic content of children’s narrative science media. Psychology of Popular Media. [PDF]

Peer Review Experience
Ad-hoc Journal Reviewing: Cognitive Development (co-reviewed)
Conference Reviewing: CogSci Conference (2022)

Conference Presentations

Bodas, A., Chelbuch, N., & Weisberg, D.S. (2022). An inconvenient truth: Educational media increases preschoolers’ worry about the environment, but not their knowledge. Poster to be presented at the Cognitive Development Society Bi-ennial Conference. Madison, WI: April 2022.

Weisberg, D. S., Chlebuch, N., & Bodas, A. (2022). Impossible elements in children’s educational media. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Society for Fiction and Fictionality Studies. Chicago, IL: March 2022.

Chlebuch, N., Bodas, A., Weisberg, D.S. (2021) Wile E. Coyote, Physical Science Genius: A content analysis of children’s science media. Poster for the Society for Research on Child Development Biennial Meeting.

Herbers, J.A., Jennings, K., Cutili, J.J., Abdul-Masih, M., & Bodas, A. (2021) Parent-child relationship quality among dyads with infants and toddlers experiencing family homelessness. Paper Symposium presentation for the Society for Research on Child Development Biennial Meeting.

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. 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?” Siblings influence infants’ expectations of trustworthiness of fair and unfair agents. Presented at the University of Washington Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Bodas, A., Kyuchukova, K., Lucca, K. & Sommerville, J. (2019) “Can I Count on You?” Infants notice inconsistencies in prosocial behavior across contexts. Presented at the 2019 Northwest Social Cognitive Development Conference. Friday Harbor, WA.

Research Talks

Bodas, A. (2022) Children’s learning from science media. Invited speaker for Boston University Academic Immersion program in Psychology

Mentoring Experience

  • Malvika Khandelwal, Boston University, Recipient of 2022 Kilichand Honors College Award
  • Ankita Kumar, Boston University, Recipient of 2022 Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program Award

Community Outreach
Bodas, A.
(2022) Pursuing a career in Psychological Research. Invited speaker through Skype a Scientist at Rossall School, Lancashire, North West England.

Bodas, A. (2022) Pursuing a career in Psychological Research. Invited speaker at Weston
High School, Weston, MA.

Bodas, A. (2020) Applying to experimental psychology masters programs, navigating the first year of graduate school, and staying positive during Covid-19. Invited speaker for Emerging Minds Lab, Arizona State University.

Honors and Awards

Summer 2022– Boston University Center for Innovation in Social Science Mini Grant
Fall 2021– Graduate Teaching Fellowship, Boston University
Fall 2019 -2021 Graduate Student Assistantship, Villanova University
Summer 2020 Villanova Graduate Research Fellowship for Summer 2020
Spring 2020 Induction into Psi Chi Psychology Honor Society
Spring 2019 Guthrie Prize for Best Empirical Research Paper
Spring 2019 Undergraduate Research Conference Travel Award
Winter 2019 Hagenstein Endowment Travel Scholarship
Autumn 2018 Research Scholarship from the Mary Gates Endowment

Relevant Coursework

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (Developmental Science, in progress)
Statistics in Psychology I and II (General linear modeling, interaction effects, statistical analysis with latent variables, confirmatory factor analysis, structural equation models, latent growth models, psychometrics), Childhood Adversity, Social Development, Psychological Research Methods
Master of Science Psychology
Professional Seminar, Biopsychology, Development of Imagination, Statistics and Experimental Design, Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Science, Translating Developmental Science, Independent Study: Investigating Associations between Positive Parenting and Caregivers’ Use of Pretend Play
Bachelor of Science Psychology
Introduction to Psychology, Writing in Social Sciences, Biopsychology, Research Methods, Abnormal Psychology, Probability and Statistics, Statistical Inferences, Introduction to Drugs and Behavior, Evolutionary Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, Creativity in Early Childhood Education, Cognitive Psychology

Academic Work Experience
August 2018 – June 2019 Peer Mentor, Odegaard Writing and Research Center
• Mentored tutors in improving their tutoring style and abilities
• Planned and organized bi-weekly workshops and small-group meetings for mentees
• Created resources and reference guides for writers and tutors
July 2016 – August 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
• Assisted managers in annual hiring cycle

Leadership Experience
May 2020 – Present Vice President, Psi Chi, Villanova Chapter
• Co-organizes community events, such as annual banquet for Psi Chi members
• Co-authored statement on commitment to diversity and inclusion
May 2018 – June 2019 Social Media Coordinator, Diversity in Psychology
• Co-organized conference for high-school students from under-represented minorities to learn about the Psychology program at UW
• Designed marketing materials for bi-weekly meetings
• Communicated with club members via weekly email newsletters
• Communicated with Psychology Department about club activities

Professional Membership

Graduate student member of Cognitive Development Society

Graduate student member of the Society for Research on Child Development

Graduate student member of Psi Chi, the National Honor Society for Psychology