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Alejandro Campero-Oliart

I am a Social-Personality Psychology PhD student and Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. Leading up to obtaining my B.A. in psychology (sociology minor) from Shepherd University (WV), I attended two community colleges in Maryland, becoming a student-athlete in the process after successfully competing for an athletic scholarship to play soccer. My time in community college positioned me well to access further academic and athletic scholarships and thus be able to afford my studies at a four-year institution. After graduating from Shepherd, I continued my research as a post-bac there while working full time to build economic stability for graduate studies. Thanks largely to my year-long work as a post- bac, I then transitioned to American University (Washington D.C) with graduate-support funds, where I obtained my M.A in Social-Personality Psychology before transitioning to Berkeley.

Research Interests: Interpersonal communication and emotion, psychophysiology, culture- identity-interactions and intersectionality, self and other complexity.

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Sierra Semko

I received my B.A. in Psychology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio before moving to the Bay Area to work in Dr. Wendy Berry Mendes's Emotion, Health and Psychophysiology Lab. Currently, I am a Ph.D. student in Social/Personality Psychology at Berkeley. My work with Dr. Mendoza-Denton and Dr. Jason Okonofua explores the impact of bias (socioeconomic, racial, and gender) on interactions between patients/healthcare providers and student/teachers, as well as the downstream effects in health and discipline. My work also involves the development of psychological interventions to improve outcomes in healthcare and education.

Research Interests: Stigma, bias, intergroup relations, interventions, education, health

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Nirupika Sharma

I completed my undergraduate degree in psychology and business studies at New York University (NYU). Upon graduating, I worked at the West Interpersonal Perception and Trope labs at NYU, followed by a lab manager position with Dr. Ana Gantman at Brooklyn College. Currently, as a PhD student in social-personality, I am interested in code-switching, cultural uniqueness, self, identity, and shared reality. I work with Drs. Serena Chen, Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton, and Ozlem Ayduk.

Research Interests: Self, identity, culture, shared reality

Tyrone Sgambati

I am currently a Ph.D. student in the Social-Personality Psychology program here at Berkeley, working primarily in RASCL and the Berkeley Social Interaction Lab (BSIL). Before coming here, I completed my B.S. in psychology, cognitive science, and philosophy at the University of Michigan, where I worked in the Emotion and Self-Control lab directed by Professor Ethan Kross. Currently, my research focuses on intellectual humility and explaining the relationship between psychedelics and well-being. I am also interested in emotion-regulation.

Research Interests: Intellectual humility, psychedelics, emotion-regulation, social networks

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Lindsey Burnside

As a PhD student in the Social/Personality area I work primarily with Dr. Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton of RASCL and also with Dr. Iris Mauss of EER Lab. My current work focuses on contextual factors of racism-related stress and coping; and segregation. I earned my Bachelor's degree in Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience from the University of Michigan. Prior to graduate school I also worked as a research associate at the Institute for Social Research in the BioSocial Methods Collaborative and the Social Environment and Health program.

Research Interests: Social stress, health equity, well-being, segregation, hegemony, psychophysiology

Rosalinda Nava

I am currently a PhD student in the Social/Personality Psychology program. I earned my BA in Psychology at UC Berkeley and worked at the Lawrence Hall of Science’s Research Group just prior to attending Cal for my PhD. At the Lawrence Hall of Science I did work in the evaluation of STEM Education and Informal Learning programs. My current work focuses on the experiences of undergraduates, especially first generation students. I am particularly interested in understanding the different forms of social support that students receive, and how that support impacts achievement. I also do work on psychedelics, culture, and emotion regulation.

Research Interests: Education, first generation students, culture, emotion regulation, psychedelics.

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Laura Guzman

I am a graduate student in the Social/Personality Psychology PhD program at UC Berkeley. I graduated from Pomona College with a BA in Psychology. Before coming to Berkeley, I worked as a high school math and science teacher at Josephinum Academy in Chicago. Later I moved to the Bay Area to work at Stanford University in two capacities, as an administrative assistant in the Academic Secretary's Office as well as a research assistant for the College Transition Collaborative. My research sought to understand how we can create learning environments that facilitate equitable outcomes in higher education.

Research Interests: Intergroup relationships, bias, educational equity, and culture

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Ozge Ugurlu

I received my B.A. magna cum laude from the Department of English Language Education, with a concentration in Linguistics and double-major in Sociology from Middle East Technical University in Turkey. Before joining RASCL, I worked as a research assistant in Language and Cognitive Development Lab at UC Berkeley; Walton-Dweck Lab and Mind Body Lab at Stanford. Currently, as a Ph.D. student in the Social/Personality Psychology program at Berkeley, I work with Dr. Ozlem Ayduk. We are investigating developmental and individual difference processes in emotion recognition, and how they might be related to emotion- and self- regulation ability. I am also interested in development of the self and social support.

Research Interests: Emotion, emotion regulation, self and identity.

Maria Monroy

I am a Ph.D. student in the Social/Personality Psychology area at UC Berkeley. I received a B.A. with high distinction in general scholarship and highest honors in Psychology from UC Berkeley in 2015. Prior starting my graduate program at Cal, I worked as a lab manager for Dr. Keltner’s Berkeley Social Interaction Lab. Currently, my work with Dr. Mendoza-Denton revolves around perceptions of stigmatized groups. I am also part of the BSI lab where I conduct research on emotion and culture.

Research Interests: Emotion, emotional expression, culture, and stigma

Liza Yartsev

I am a Ph.D. student in Social and Personality Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. I have earned my M.A. in Clinical Psychology and my B.A. in Behavioral Sciences at Ben-Gurion University in Israel. Following my Masters degree, I completed a four-year clinical internship and became a certified Clinical Psychologist in Israel. My research interests focus on the development of psychopathology, specifically mood and anxiety disorders, and their roots in emotional dysregulation. I am also interested in the way early attachment relationships influence and form distinctive intrapsychic patterns of emotional regulation to different emotions of the individual. I am currently studying the difference in the reaction to repeating positive and negative emotional triggers.

Research Interests: Emotion, emotional regulation and psychopathology