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Christopher Hirahatake

  Christopher Hirahatake

Lab Manager
B.A. Psychology, University of California, San Diego
Phone:(530)297-4443
Email: chris.hirahatake@gmail.com 

  Zaviera Reyes

B.S. Psychobiology, University of California, Davis (2010)
Email: zbreyes@ucdavis.edu 

Growing with the lab from putting decals on the wall to sensors on three and a half year olds during a longitudinal study on prosocial behaviors motivated my interest in resiliency and Psychophysiology. After graduating, I’ve continued my involvement in research at Stanford University and am currently working at the Culture and Emotion lab exploring how ideal affect influences emotion for East Asian American and European American samples. I love to bake and hook people (and myself) up to every physiological measure I know! Thanks to the opportunities to develop my research career at the H.E.R.D. lab, I gained the confidence and experience to apply to graduate programs as a first-generation college student.

Aria Ghanaat

  Aria Ghanaat

B.A. Psychology, University of California, Davis
Email: aghanaat@ucdavis.edu 

I am a recent graduate who majored in Psychology at UC Davis. I am interested in developmental and emotion psychology; specifically, how physiology interacts with the mind and environment. Currently, I am working on a project that links childrens’ cortisol levels, temperament, and supportive parenting to novel, social situations. In my spare time I enjoy playing basketball and video games.

Brianna Espino

  Brianna Espino

B.S. Psychology, University of California, Davis

I graduated with a B.S. in Psychology with a Biology emphasis. I am most interested in the development of children’s emotions, their self regulation and how that ties in with changes in their physiology. I also worked as a peer counselor at The House on the UCD campus and love running and puppies.

Desiree Flores

  Desiree Flores

B.A. Psychology and Communications, University of California, Davis

I am a graduate double major in Psychology and Communications with a minor in Human Development at UC Davis. I am interested in how children regulate their emotions and the effects of the family environment on children’s behaviors. I hope to pursue a career in clinical psychology and practice family or child therapy. I enjoy helping and working with others, especially children and I believe this field will give me the opportunity to do something truly fulfilling!

Trish Do

  Trish Do

B.S. Psychology, University of California, Davis
Email: ttddo@ucdavis.edu 

I graduated UC Davis as a Psychobiology major and English minor. Since being at the lab, I’ve become increasingly interested in the development of children’s social and emotional personality, specifically how empathetic children can be, how they acquire empathy, and how that changes over time. I love to laugh and I actually don’t have a cool mustache in real life.

William Huqueriza

  William Huqueriza

Volunteer
B.A. Psychology, University of California, Davis (2012)
Email: wshuqueriza@ucdavis.edu 

I graduated from UC Davis in 2012 with a B.A. in Psychology, and minored in Japanese. My time at the HERD Lab has greatly motivated me to work with children in several contexts, ranging from behavioral therapy to working at a children’s home, and I am now an English assistant teacher for kids in Japan! I’ve recently developed an interest in photography!

Hilary Stein

  Hilary Stein

B.S. Psychology, University of California, Davis
Email: hbstein@ucdavis.edu 

I am a UC Davis graduate in Psychology with an emphasis in Biology. I am interested in learning about children’s social and emotional development. I love working with kids!

Amina Moinuddin

  Amina Moinuddin

B.A. Psychology, University of California, Davis (2012)
Email: amina.moinuddin@gmail.com 

I graduated in 2012 with a BA in Psychology. I am now working as a Recruiter at a technology start-up in San Francisco called Optimizely, the first Recruiting hire when the company was only 30 people and now they are 110+. I love living and working in San Francisco. If anyone has questions in regards to making career changes into technology from a psychology background feel free to reach out to me via e-mail. I still enjoy reading and learning about psychology!

Josh Jordan

  Josh Jordan

B.A. Psychology, University of California, Davis
Email: jtjordan@ucdavis.edu 

I graduated UC Davis with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Religious Studies. I am mainly interested in the treatment of anxiety and depression, and am pursuing a career in clinical psychology. I enjoy long walks on the beach; and, if you couldn’t tell, am an avid Giants fan.

Alexis Almaraz

  Alexis Almaraz

B.A. Psychology and Sociology, University of California, Davis
Email: aalmaraz@ucdavis.edu 

I graduated UC Davis studying Psychology and Sociology. I am most interested about the social and personality aspects of psychology and how people’s personalities affect their behavior. I hope to pursue a career in forensic psychology and I love my cat, Buttons.

Cha Xiong

  Cha Xiong

B.A. Sociology, University of California, Davis
Email: csxiong@ucdavis.edu 

I graduated from UC Davis with a B.A. in Sociology. I was also a Human Development minor with an emphasis in child development. I am interested in children’s social, emotional and behavioral development.

Vicki Wells

  Vicki Wells

B.S. Human Development, University of California, Davis
Email: vywells@ucdavis.edu 

I am a graduate from UC Davis studying Human Development. I am especially interested in the areas of Child Development. I am new to the HERD Lab and I love having the opportunity to learn more about social and emotional development in children. I want to travel the world!

Jennifer Kilroy

  Jennifer Kilroy

B.A. Psychology and Communication, University of California, Davis
Email: jvkilroy@ucdavis.edu 

I am a graduate from UC Davis with a double major in Communication and Psychology and a minor in Human Development. My experience at the HERD Lab has inspired further interest in understanding how individual development relates to social sustainability. In my free time I enjoy playing with my kitty Nesta, and going on hikes!

Avery Miller

  Avery Miller

B.A. Psychology and Communication, University of California, Davis
Email: anmiller@ucdavis.edu 

I graduated with a degree in psychology and in communication at UC Davis. I am especially interested in child personality development and to what extent different factors influence an individual. Outside of school, I love to cook, travel, and being outdoors!

Vanessa Del Real

  Vanessa Del Real

B.S. Psychology and Biology

I am a Psychology and Biological Science graduate at UC Davis. I am highly interested in the field of medicine and want to pursue a career as a Pharmacist. I am an outgoing individual, enjoy meeting new people and learning new things!

Dana Stretchberry

  Dana Stretchberry

Psychology
Email: dstretchberry@ucdavis.edu 

I am a recent 2013 graduate with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Education at UC Davis. I am specifically interested in the psychological factors that affect child development. I love interacting with kids and hope to pursue this area further in the future. In my free time I enjoy cooking, running, traveling, and am very open to new experiences and meeting new people!

  Jason Cowen

B.A. Psychology, University of California, Davis
Email: jcowen@ucdavis.edu 

I graduated with a B.A. in Psychology student at Davis. I am looking to pursue my Master of Education here at UCD next year. When I am not hitting the books, you can find me driving for Unitrans.

Rita Ohaya

  Rita Ohaya

Psychology and Communications
Email: roohaya@ucdavis.edu 

I am a student at UC Davis, majoring in Psychology and Communication, with aspirations of becoming a Psycho-therapist some day. I am interested in definitions held by different cultures in regards to multiple aspects of life (I.E. what is defined as a healthy family in North America versus what constitutes a healthy family in West Africa), and how that can affect the assimilation/acculturation process during migration. I love the color green!

Akansha Sidhwani

  Akansha Sidhwani

Psychology
Email: acsidhwani@ucdavis.edu 

I am a student majoring in Psychology and minoring in Human Development at UC Davis. I am particularly interested in the social development and also psychological disorders in children and adolescents. I can’t read musical notes but I can play the piano by ear.

Yuri Kim

  Yuri Kim

Psychology
Email: yurikim@ucdavis.edu 

I am a graduate from South Korea, with a degree in Psychology. I want to learn what kinds of factors will change children’s social and emotional personalities as they grow older. I am also interested in political issues, social problems, animal rights, and philosophy.

Rita Alami

  Rita Alami

Psychology
Email: ralami@ucdavis.edu 

I am a psychology student at UC Davis with a great interest in social and abnormal psychology. I’m very interested in how social factors and perceptions of situations influence peoples’ behaviors. I also have a great interest in understanding how mental disorders can affect a person and what steps can be taken in order to recover from those disorders. I am currently applying to graduate schools in clinical psychology/ mental health. I hope to someday have my own practice where I can help and treat people with mental disorders.

Jessica James

  Jessica James

B.A. Psychology and Communications, University of California, Davis
Email: jsjames@ucdavis.edu 

I graduated with a double major in Psychology and Communication at UC Davis and currently work with kids with autism. I am interested in a wide range of topics in psychology, including mental health, trauma, gender, and emotion. In my free time, I enjoy relaxing, watching movies, reading, eating ice cream, and sleeping!

Jeungli Denni

  Jeungli Denni

B.S. Psychology, University of California, Davis
Email: jadenni@ucdavis.edu 

I am a recent UC Davis graduate interested in developmental psychology. I enjoy working with children and learning about how the parent-child relationship contributes to a child’s development.

Julia ter Haar

  Julia ter Haar

Psychology
Email: jrterhaar@ucdavis.edu 

I recently graduated from UC Davis with an undergraduate degree in Psychology. I am fascinated by emotional and social development and how it ties into abnormal psychology. I also have a passion for traveling and learning about new cultures; I spent a month in India this past summer! In my free time, I enjoy walking my dog Shyla, visiting my boyfriend in San Francisco, and eating other peoples’ cooking.

Tal Medovoy

  Tal Medovoy

Psychology
Email: tmedovoy@ucdavis.edu 

I am currently a senior at Da Vinci Charter Academy in Davis and I joined the lab to explore my interest in psychology and gain experience working in a laboratory setting. I have always been fascinated with psychology and the many ways that we can use an in depth understanding of the field to help society as a whole through research and on an individual level through counseling and therapy. During my time at the lab I have learned a lot about the intricacies of the research process and the correlation between parent-child relationships and mental and behavioral development. Next year I plan to start pursuing my bachelor’s degree in psychology and I hope to one day attend medical school and potentially become a private practice psychiatrist.

Stefanie De La Cruz

  Stefanie De La Cruz

Psychology and Human Development
Email: smdelacruz@ucdavis.edu 

I am a fourth year undergraduate student at UC Davis, double majoring in Psychology and Human Development. I have a passion for social psychology and education and will be applying to Graduate schools for my Masters in Education with a credential in School Counseling. When I’m not being a busy-body, I enjoy cooking, reading, catching up on all my shows, and hanging out with my family and friends!

  Christian Mendoza

Psychology
Email: cpmendoza@ucdavis.edu 

I am a third year Psychology major at UC Davis. I joined the HERD Lab to gain experience on the research side of the psychology field. I was in the Navy for six years of active duty. Because of my interest in psychology and my ties to the Navy, I plan to pursue a PsyD in clinical psychology and go back into the navy as a clinical psychologist. Any spare time I have is spent with with my beautiful wife and in activley raising my two energentic daughters.

Jennifer Yoshimura

  Jennifer Yoshimura

Volunteer
B.A. Psychology, University of California, Davis
Email: jnyoshimura@ucdavis.edu 

I recently graduated from UC Davis with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Education, and I currently work at NCS rehabilitation services helping patients with brain trauma. I enjoy helping and working with other people and I hope to apply to a psychology graduate program in the future.

Celia Wong

Celia Wong

Volunteer
B.S. Psychology, University of California, Davis
Email: celwong@ucdavis.edu

I am a recent graduate at UCDavis with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology. I am interested in anything psychology, but especially interested in looking at the development of normal and abnormal pathology and different treatments being used and developed. I also have my minor in English literature, one of my favorite books is Hamlet. I am also interested in animal behavior and training assistance dogs for people with disabilities.

Andrew Elliot

Andrew Elliot

Undergraduate Volunteer
Psychology and History
Email: awelliot@ucdavis.edu

I’m a fourth year student pursuing a double major in Psychology and History. I enjoy studying many areas of psychology, but I am particularly interested in clinical, school, and psychopathology. When I’m not busy with school, or working in the HERD Lab, I enjoy playing games, and watching movies with friends.

Natsunbo Nath

Natsunbo Nath

Undergraduate Volunteer
Psychology
Email: nnath@ucdavis.edu

I’m a fourth year Psychology major, and I’m interested in both cognition and social psychology. I’m interested in this lab because it covers many different branches of psychology; so it’s a good place for me to explore which field of psychology fits me best. I enjoy reading Harry Potter and think that the book is way better than the movie. During my free time I like hanging out with my friends, playing video games, and going out.

Ashmeer Chima

Ashmeer Chima

Undergraduate Volunteer
Psychology
Email: chima@ucdavis.edu

I’m a fifth year student at UC Davis attaining a B.S. in Psychology, emphasis in Biology. I aspire to go to medical school and become a Psychiatrist. Outside of school I love to travel. I spent my Junior year abroad in New Zealand and loved it!

Britney Haapanen

Britney Haapanen

Undergraduate Volunteer
Psychology and Music
Email: bmhaapanen@ucdavis.edu

I recently graduated from UC Davis with a double major in Psychology and Music. I am particularly interested in social and developmental psychology, and the extent to which temperament and parenting affect early childhood social development.  Curently, I work for the MARBLES Study at the UC Davis MIND Institute, which is looking for early markers and risk factors for autism. Outside of work, I enjoy cooking, being outdoors, playing with my two kittens, and spending time with my girlfriend. Two of my favorite places in the world are Disneyland and Tuolumne Meadows.

Ben Steinman

Volunteer
Email: bdsteinman@ucdavis.edu

Stephanie Tejada

Stephanie Tejada

Undergraduate Volunteer
Psychology
Email: smtejada@ucdavis.edu

I am a third year Psychology major and a Gender and Sexualities Studies minor. I am interested in Social Psychology and how it affects development. The HERD Lab touches on many of the topics that interest me in psychology, such as parent-child bonding. I want to become a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) and hopefully in the far future open my own practice. On my free time I like reading, watching movies, hanging out with my friends, running, playing video games, and visiting my family and boyfriend in Southern California.

Shade Akinsola

Shade Akinsola

Undergraduate Volunteer
Psychology and Communication
Email: foakinsola@ucdavis.edu

I am a fourth year undergraduate student at UC Davis, double majoring in Psychology and Communication. I am particularly interested in child psychology and hope to attain a Masters in education in order pursue my goal of one day teaching K-12. I believe that learning about the social and emotional development of young children and adolescents will help me to become a better educator. In my spare time, I enjoy playing tennis and reading and rereading George R.R. Martins epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire.

Liana Hsu

Liana Hsu

Undergraduate Volunteer
Human Development
Email: ljhsu@ucdavis.edu

I am currently a fourth year Human Development major and Psychology minor with hopes of becoming a pediatric nurse practitioner sometime in the future. I have great interest in children, particularly their social and cognitive development. I believe that looking at the temperament and habits children possess are great indicators for how they will behave and interact as adults. When I am not involved in schoolwork, work, and internships, I greatly enjoy baking (cupcakes are my specialty!) feeding others with said baked goods, going on bike rides, and being with friends and family.

Mojan Azarmi

Mojan Azarmi

Undergraduate Volunteer
Psychology and Philosophy

I am a fourth year student pursuing a B.S in Psychology and a B.A in Philosophy. I am interested in many facets of psychology, particularly the relationship between biology and personality development. My future aspirations involve medical school and training in psychiatry. In my free time I love reading and watching movies.

Belal Sultanzai

Belal Sultanzai

Undergraduate Volunteer
Neurobiology
Email: basultanzai@ucdavis.edu

Im a 4th year Neurobiology student and have a passion for working with children because they are our future. This year, I plan on applying to medical and graduate schools. My ultimate goal is to become an MD, specifically a pediatric cardiologist. Beyond school and research, my favorite hobby is to play sports. Ive been playing basketball my whole life and I believe health is the most important thing in a persons life.

Ivan Irizarry

Ivan Irizarry

Volunteer
B.A. Psychology, University of California, Davis; B.A. Religious Studies, University of California, Davis
Email: irizarryiii@gmail.com

I am a graduate of U.C. Davis and I double majored in Psychology and Religious Studies. I’m interested many facets of psychology but I’m currently focused on development and altruism. In the future I hope to apply to a psychology graduate program in a field that allows me to help people directly. In my free time I enjoy home roasting coffee, learning about religions, and playing music.