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GRADUATE STUDENTS

Curtis Malik Boykin

I am a Ph.D. student and Ford Foundation Fellow in the Social/Personality Psychology area at UC-Berkeley. Currently, I am researching a range of topics related to intergroup relations; these include positive and negative outcomes of intergroup contact, motivations underlying prejudice, as well as antecedents and implications of stereotyping minority serving institutions of higher education. Before Berkeley, I graduated with an M.A. in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University's Teachers College where I was a graduate fellow at the Institute of Urban Minority Education (IUME), and with a B.S. magna cum laude from the University of Maryland University College. I also worked for two years as a researcher, evaluator, and educational consultant at the Capstone Institute of Research at Howard University.  

Research Interests: Applied inter-group relations, black identity in higher education

Shoshana Jarvis

I graduated with a BA in psychology and a minor in American Ethnic Studies from Willamette University. Before graduate school, I worked as a research assistant with Geoff Cohen at Stanford University and as a lab manager for Geraldine Downey and Niall Bolger at Columbia University. I also spent a year serving as a corps member at AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps in New York City. I currently work primarily with Dr. Mendoza-Denton on the psychological and physiological impacts of stigma. 

Research Interests: stigma, privilege, intervention, intersectionality

Jessica Jones

I completed my B.A. in Psychology at The College of New Jersey, with a specialization in Biopsychology. After graduating, I served as a research assistant with Dr. Ray Lee and managed the EEG laboratory at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute. Currently, as a Ph.D. student in the Social/Personality Psychology program at Berkeley, I work with Dr. Ozlem Ayduk. My research mainly focuses on understanding individual differences in emotion regulation ability and the ways in which certain emotion regulation strategies lead to shifts in self-views. Additionally, I am also interested in how neural reactivity to social feedback may lead to subsequent differences in memory for positive and negative feedback.  

Research Interests: emotion regulation, executive function, stress, socioeconomic status, memory, electrophysiologyterests: TBD

Jocelyn Meza

I am a 6th year Ph.D. candidate in the Clinical Science Program working with Stephen Hinshaw on the study of self-harm in women with and without ADHD. Currently I am a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellow and a UCSF Clinical Fellow, researching predictors of positive treatment outcomes in psychosocial interventions for ADHD & the cultural adaptation of psychosocial treatments for Spanish-speaking Latino parents. Currently, I am also collaborating with RASCL on a project that looks at stigma related to childhood ADHD.  

Research Interests: ADHD, self-harm, mental health stigma, culturally adapted interventions

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

Amanda Danielle Perez

I completed my B.A. in Psychology at UC Berkeley and directly after graduation entered the Ph.D. program here in the Social-Personality area. I work with Dr. Mendoza-Denton and together we are researching ways of utilizing technology to foster online cross-group friendships and reduce implicit biases. I also work with Dr. Jason Okonofua in a line of research that explores the impact of biases on disproportionate discipline in Black and Brown students.

Research Interests: Implicit biases, prejudice, interventions, intergroup relations, cross-group friendships, technology

Jordan Tharp

I graduated with my BA in Psychology from UC Santa Cruz. I took some time off post-graduation and worked in the veterinary world and as a dog behaviorist. When I realized my calling was in research, I began working with James Gross at Stanford for a year before venturing to Cal as Sheri Johnson's lab manager. I worked with her for 4 years studying social dominance and impulsivity in psychopathology before I joined the S-P area in the Psychology department.

Research Interests: Power and social feedback, how these interact and influence behavior and perceptions over time

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.

Amanda Wang

I graduated from Cornell University's College of Arts and Sciences in 2011, where I double-majored in psychology and biology & society. Before graduate school, I also served as the lab manager for Dr. Vivian Zayas's Personality, Attachment, and Control Lab at Cornell. Currently, my research interests revolve around a core question of everyday life: namely, how do we effectively navigate the social relationships that are most important to us? In this vein, my research in RASCL explores how counterfactual thinking about past social encounters can influence emotions like guilt, and how those emotions impact downstream behaviors and motivations. In another line of work with the SIR Lab, I study the unique identity properties that emerge from the formation of a couple unit.

Research Interests: Close relationships, counterfactual thinking, cognitive biases, guilt

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