Aashna Sunderrajan


Graduate Student

Email: sunderr2@illinois.edu

Research Statement


I am interested in the relation between intentions, behavior, memory and health. Currently, my research addresses the ironic effect of intentions on behavior (e.g., when the formation of an intention undermines behavior enactment), with a focus on identifying potential neural correlates of this effect, ways of attenuating it, and its applicability to the domain of medication adherence. I have also done some work on the application of social cognition towards behavioral change and health promotion interventions, and am now more specifically interested in evaluating the efficacy of multiple health behavior interventions under different conditions. Prior to joining the doctoral program in Social Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, I earned a bachelor’s degree in Biopsychology, Cognition & Neuroscience (BCN) and Sociology from the University of Michigan. 

Psychology Department, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

603 East Daniel Street, Champaign, Illinois 61820.  (217) 244-7019.