Where They’re Headed: Sophie Wasserman ’13

Where They’re Headed: Sophie Wasserman ’13

Drawing on her personal and academic interests, psychology major Sophie Wasserman ’13 has secured a post-grad position in psychological research that focuses on animal behavior. After graduating in May, Wasserman traveled to Thailand to work with Think Elephants International, a non-profit organization that uses cognitive testing, field research, and educational programs to promote ecological understanding and protect elephant populations.



Wasserman’s position as a research assistant encompasses a wide range of responsibilities, including designing lab experiments, working directly with elephants, and managing the organization’s blog and social media sites. “One of my absolute favorite aspects of the job so far is the challenge of adapting human experimental paradigms to work with elephant physiology,” she says.

Wasserman, who spent past summers running children’s camps at the Birch Aquarium in San Diego, credits Haverford’s senior thesis process and study abroad program for her ability to confidently conduct research in an international setting. Updates on her research and her work with the organization’s educational programs can be found online at www.thinkelephants.org.




 “Where They’re Headed” is a series of occasional blog posts reporting on the post-Haverford plans of members of the Class of 2013

1 Comment

  1. Hi Sophie,
    Firstly I would just like to say the work you’re doing for the elephants is great. I am too an animal lover and animal rights activist. I have been heart broken this week after seeing some horrific treatment of elephants here with the trekking trade. I captured some footage and plan on making a short video to warn tourists off elephant trekking. I know you have done extensive research on elephants and would love to chat to you or possibly grab an interview with you? I am based in London, not sure where you are but I would love to speak to you about elephants and their emotions. I read your article on elephants and spindle cells and I am particularly interested in speaking to you about this.
    I think its important for people to realised that these amazing animal have emotions on level with humans, this information will really make people think.
    I have a massive social network following so this could reach out to a lot of people.

    Hope to hear from you soon. I am in Thailand until 20th Jan.
    You can contact me either at jess@ourgom.com or monicaharris1@hotmail.co.uk

    Hope to hear from you soon and keep us the amazing work you are doing!
    Jess x

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