About Us

The Interdisciplinary Behavioral Research Center (IBRC) is an experimental research lab that manages and administers a variety of resources to researchers engaged in social and behavioral science at Duke University. For example, we offer free research space, access to a large community participant pool, staff support, and research grants. You can find out more under Start your Research > Resources.

The IBRC is a part of the Social Science Research Institute but is available to all faculty, post-doctoral, graduate and undergraduate student researchers in the social and behavioral sciences at Duke University.

Our People

Dr. Patty Van Cappellen


Dr. Van Cappellen is an Assistant Research Professor at the Social Science Research Institute and Department of Psychology and Neuroscience. She earned her Ph.D. in Social Psychology in 2012 from the University of Louvain, Belgium. Her work is in experimental social psychology, investigating the psychological determinants of well-being and health behavior maintenance. She focuses primarily on two determinants: the experience of positive emotions (e.g., awe, gratitude) and religious/spiritual beliefs and behaviors. To balance her work on the benefits of religion, she also studies whether, how, and when religion promotes intergroup prejudice and aggression.

For more information on her work and publications visit her website.

Outside of academia, Patty enjoys horseback riding, discovering new restaurants, and taking in the sun of North Carolina (Belgium, her native country, is typically gray and rainy). 

To learn more about her research, visit the BABLab website.

Cheryl Tan

Research Coordinator

Email: cheryl.tan@duke.edu
Office Phone: 919-681-7908

Aiyanna Kimble

Research Coordinator

Email: ayanna.kimble@duke.edu
Office Phone: 919-681-2906

Cheryl Tan is a Research Coordinator at the Interdisciplinary Behavioral Research Center (IBRC). She moved to Durham after graduating with a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Washington, Seattle, where she conducted an independent research study on the cross-cultural experience of joy. Her research interests are at the intersection of culture, emotion, and well-being, and she plans on pursuing a Ph.D. in Social Psychology in the future.  

Outside of academia, Cheryl loves trying milk tea stores, baking, and catching up on her favorite shows.

Aiyanna Kimble is a Research Coordinator of the IBRC,  where she worked as an office assistant during her undergraduate career at Duke University. She majored in psychology and received certificates in markets and management and civic engagement and social change. 

While working as an 8th grade English teacher after graduation, she observed that the researched-based policies being implemented in her school were not having a positive impact on student and teacher wellbeing or performance. She decided to return to the field of psychological research with the hopes that understanding the mind and behavior can help improve the organizations that impact how we work, learn, and live. She is broadly interested in affect, motivation, decision making, prosocial behaviors, and intergroup relations. More specifically, she is interested in how fostering positive affect, motivation, and empathy can improve performance, decision making, and experiences in a group setting.