Our national council

The national council sets the direction and goals of Omega Psi. It is made up of representatives from each chapter and our founder, Dean Kang.

Kyungtae (Dean) Kang

Founder
Johns Hopkins University

Jenny Zhen

University of California, San Diego

Saara Hassoun

University of Southern California

Christopher Gittings

Case Western Reserve University

Connor Hile

Duke University

Arunima Vijay

Johns Hopkins University

Anne Li

Johns Hopkins University

Tara Venkatesan

Yale University

Kyungtae (Dean) Kang

Kyungtae (Dean) Kang is a medical student at Kyungpook National University, School of Medicine in South Korea. He graduated from the Johns Hopkins University in 2016 as a B.A. in cognitive science. He was first introduced to the idea of creating a national honor society for undergraduates in cognitive science by Stephanie Amalfe and Amanda Glasser who were co-presidents of the Cognitive Science Undergraduate Society (CSUS) in the Johns Hopkins University. In 2014, upon returning from his military service in the Korean army, Kyungtae Kang assembled the national council for Omega Psi. With the help of the national council and the members of CSUS, he founded Omega Psi Inc. in 2017. He is currently a member of the national council for Omega Psi Inc. and is aspiring to pursue a career as a neurologist.

Christopher Gittings

Chris Gittings is a rising senior as Case Western Reserve University majoring in Cognitive Science and Psychology. His research interests include developmental learning, change blindness, cognitive fallacies, emotion and emotional regulation. He hopes to use cognitive science to help people appreciate that they don’t know many things about themselves and how their minds function that they believe they do, and that coming to terms with our lack of self-understanding can support positive lifestyle choices, increase self awareness, and improve our ability to truly become their best selves.

Connor Hile

Connor Hile is a senior majoring in Neuroscience at Duke University. His research interests include examining the neurocognitive effects of concussions in current high school athletes and former NFL players. His career goal is to earn an M.D./Ph.D. to further study and treat the effects of TBI. In his free time, he enjoys weightlifting, playing soccer and basketball, and reading.

Jenny Zhen

Jenny is currently a fourth-year undergraduate in UC San Diego. Her research interest includes investigating the brain neural circuits underlying the decision-making and the brain mechanism under cognitive dysfunction (Schizophrenia). She hopes to get into a PhD program and become a professor in the future. Outside of her academic adventure, she is a dancer and cosmetics lover.

Anne Li

Anne is a junior at the Johns Hopkins University double majoring in neuroscience and Spanish on a pre-medical track. Her research interests include using microRNAs as a potential source of therapy for diseases, especially neurological diseases and brain cancers. She is currently working with microRNAs and glioblastoma. Her aim is to achieve an MD-PhD and work in pediatric neurology.

Arunima Vijay

Arunima is a rising senior focusing on linguistic and cognitive development at Johns Hopkins University. She researches the development of perceptual and mental verbs in children, and is also interested in the using art as a therapeutic method for developmental disorders. Following college, she plans on attending medical school to pursue her aspiration of becoming a physician-researcher concentrated on global care and linguistic development of Autistic populations.

Tara Venkatesan

Tara Venkatesan is the president of Omega Psi Yale is also the CEO of CogSci Connects Inc., a company dedicated to promoting brain science literacy through blogging, conferences, and collaborations with museums. CogSci Connects has been featured in media outlets such as Channel News Asia and Asia Pacific Biotech News. Tara’s other interests include opera and dinosaurs.

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