Current leadership

The Sociable Postdoc Society Leadership currently consists of the organization’s three required signatories.   We are looking to expand! If you’d like to see your name on this list and help make postdoc community happen, please contact us.

(In alphabetical order)

Boustani headshot

Maya Boustani – Family Events Coordinator
Maya is a postdoctoral researcher in the psychology department. Her research interests revolve around child and adolescent mental health in under-resourced settings. Maya is from Miami and is discovering LA with her husband and two daughters Noor (9 years old) and Nayla (7 years old).

Juliane Corlier – Family Events Coordinator

Audrey Dubourg – Happy Hour Coordinator


Xanne Miggelbrink – Postdoc Travel Award Committee
Xanne is from the Netherlands and recently moved to LA to join the lab of Dr. Kohn. She did her undergrad in biomedical sciences at Leiden University (in the Netherlands). After graduation, Xanne realized she wanted to be involved in patient care, so went to medical school at Utrecht University (also in the Netherlands). During medical school Xanne missed research a lot and decided to get involved in research again after graduation, so here she am!  Aside from work Xanne loves sports (both playing and watching) and once she starts cheering for a team, she doesn’t change her mind (she was an Astros fan for the entire time they lost 100+ games). Xanne also loves watching tv-shows and movies. On a day off, chances are you can find her outside hiking or hanging out with friends.

Ana-Maria Piso – General Events Coordinator

Patrick Plummer – Community Leader, Coffee Hour Coordinator
Patrick is a cognitive psychologist originally from North Carolina.  He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and my Ph.D. at the University of California, San Diego.  Patrick’s research focuses on the nature of semantic representations (both symbolic and nonsymbolic) within the cognitive system and how context influences high-level, coordinated cognitive processes such as reading comprehension or numerical reasoning.  He’s currently a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at UCLA working with Dr. Keith Holyoak in the Dept. of Psychology.  Patrick enjoy spending time with friends and family, reading science fiction novels, and having long conversations with people on unplanned topics.

Kharah Ross – Chair and Community Leader



Katie Sharp – Calendar and Events Coordinator
A kiwi girl got a job in the big city of LA in the height of summer and thought she was going to die, but has since acclimatized from the colder New Zealand weather.  Creating mathematical models of how HIV spreads through sub-Saharan Africa, she has now fulfilled her life long dream of hanging with a cheetah. currently seeking alternate career, please contact if you want to start a business to do with crochet, music, rock climbing, video gaming or a combination.  sweet as, bro. Here’s her photo…because she f**king LOVE cheetahs.