Diego Reinero
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Diego Reinero
LinkedIn Profile
Psychology, Business
Current Job:
Ph.D. Candidate in Social Psychology at New York University
Current City:
Manhattan, New York
Internships:
Study abroad in Barcelona
High School:
Princeton High School , Princeton, New Jersey
Post Graduation:
Intern, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Princeton, NJ), Research Assistant, Empathy and Relational Science Program, Mass. General Hospital , Research Assistant, Prof. Daniel Gilbert’s psychology lab, Harvard Univ.
Athletics:
Soccer
Activities while at Skidmore:
Men’s Varsity Soccer, Skidmore Dynamics co-ed a cappella
Awards:
ESPN First Team All-District Academic, Heck Business Award, Summa Cum Laude

Quick Pitch

Psychology (research) advice: Notice what topics or kinds of questions fascinate you, and read academic articles in that area. Brush up on your stats/programming skills. I promise, you won’t regret it. Practice formalizing (write down) a research question and one way you might test it. Find a lab to volunteer in over your summers! And email me anytime.

General advice: Don’t be the first person to tell yourself no. Always, always try. And if it doesn’t work out, then at least you put in a good-faith effort. Genuine networking and respectful persistence are key when connecting with new people. Ask them about their story and how they ended up doing what they do (and if they are happy!). You’ll learn a lot just from listening to other people’s stories. And read this: http://yaledailynews.com/blog/2012/05/27/keegan-the-opposite-of-loneliness/

Biography

Call me unrealistic, but I wanted to play professional soccer after I graduated from Skidmore. I figured that even if I waited a few years, it would be too late. Turns out, training for pro tryouts for a team sport on your own is really hard, and I didn’t have the connections that other players coming from big Division I schools might have. Any outside chance I had dissipated when I sprained my MCL on day 1 of one of my tryouts.

I had simultaneously been coaching soccer at my old high school, but upon sustaining my injury, I realized I needed to switch gears. I wanted to get back into psychology research (a passion I discovered after loathing a finance internship one college summer, and then loving a psychology research position the following summer) and eventually apply to Ph.D. programs, so I started networking.

I was a research intern at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest public health philanthropy, where I studied childhood obesity. I identified the programs and policies that existed in places that had seen recent declines in childhood obesity rates (not psychology, but still research-related).

From there, I cold-called my way into a job—after reading an article about their research in the New York Times—as a research assistant in the Empathy and Relational Science Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, where I studied empathy in the doctor-patient relationship and tried to get doctors to be more empathetic. Between my previous experience at RWJF and here at MGH, I realized how much I enjoyed the bridge between psychology and real-world issues.

While in Boston, I volunteered as a research assistant in a psychology lab (Professor Daniel Gilbert) at Harvard University, where I helped study failed predictions that people make about things like how they perceive fairness and what types of stories they enjoy hearing about. Working in a respected psychology lab gave me invaluable experience and built my credibility as a graduate school applicant.

I’m now a Ph.D. student in social psychology at NYU and a National Science Foundation graduate research fellow.

http://www.skidmore.edu/ctw/diego_reinero