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I was trained as a social psychologist at U.C. Berkeley, and I study group processes and intergroup relations. My primary interest is in how social identity processes (attachment to group memberships) and people’s concerns about fairness intersect to affect relationships among people in small groups, organizations civic communities, and nation-states.
I was born on the island of Taiwan and transplanted at an early age to the United States. Beautiful Los Angeles is home now. Before that, I spent many years up north in the San Francisco Bay Area. When I’m not working, I hang out with my spouse, Brian Foley (Professor of Education Technology and Science Education at California State University Northridge) and our two daughters. We cook at home, hike the mountains, go to the beach, and explore the riches of our city.
Courses I teach at UCLA: Non-experimental methods in social psychology (Psych 136B), Psychology of Diversity (Psych 188B), Freshman topical seminar (Psych 19), Graduate course on the psychology of diversity (Psych 295), and Graduate course on intergroup relations (Psych 222C)
Current Doctoral Students
My research explores how intragroup relations (e.g., feeling valued and respected among ingroup members) shape individuals’ social identities and psychological health. I study these processes primarily within groups that are targets of discrimination (racial / ethnic minority groups, the disabilities community, LGBTQ communities) and so consider how experiences with ingroup members also shape individuals’ experiences with discrimination. I also study how respect and support from ingroup members affect individuals’ physiological responses to stressful events.
In my free time, I often bike in the city, work as a backyard mechanic, or will wander off into the mountains for a few days.
I am interested in how individuals develop and justify attitudes about diversity, and how this plays out in real world intergroup relations and political behavior. My current research focuses on the impact of changing demographics on the endorsement of diversity and concerns about prototypicality among White Americans.
In my spare time, I enjoy reading, traveling, and listening to esoteric music.
My work broadly examines the experiences of underrepresented groups, including women in men-dominated fields and college students from low-socioeconomic status backgrounds. I focus on how social and environmental cues can affect feelings of belonging and identity fit, particularly when members of underrepresented groups are interacting with majority group members. I entered the social psychology program at UCLA from a very diverse background. I graduated with undergraduate degrees in Business Administration and Mass Communications from UC Berkeley and had a career in marketing before obtaining a post-baccalaureate degree in Psychology from the University of Washington.
I graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Psychology and Sociology. My current research interests include interactions between members of groups of different ethnicities, especially those that lead to conflict. Other research interests include collective action, and how/when individuals decide to adopt a group identity.
Ludwin Molina, Ph.D. 2007 Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Kansas
Kevin Binning, Ph.D. 2008 Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh
Danny Osborne, Ph.D. 2011 Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Auckland, New Zealand
Liana Epstein, Ph.D. 2012 Director of Research at Room to Read. Formerly Senior Methodologist at SurveyMonkey
Natalia Flores, Ph.D. 2013 Manager for Health Outcomes Research at Kantar Health
Vanessa Zavala, M.A. 2014 Senior Survey Associate at Gerson Lehrman Group
Ron Trifskin, B.A. with Honors, 1999
Elizabeth Oliva, B.A. with Honors, 2000
Rina Sawahata, B.A. with Honors, 2001
Josephine Deang, B.A. with Honors, 2003
Julia Capeloto, B. A. with Honors, 2004
Felix Danbold, B.A. with Honors, 2009
Elliot Fox, B.A. with Honors, 2012
Belle Derks, Visiting Scholar
Ruth Klandauer, Visiting Scholar
Collaborators and Friends of the Lab
Lianne Barnes, UCLA
Ariana Bell, UCLA
Robert Boeckmann, University of Alaska at Anchorage
Jack Dovido, Yale University
Negin Ghavami, UCLA
Brianna Goodale, UCLA
Tomas Jimenez, Stanford University
Ivy Onyeador, UCLA
Michael Platow, Australian National University
Deborah Schildkraut, Tufts University
Jenessa Shapiro, UCLA
David Sears, UCLA
Heather Smith, Sonoma State University
Tom Tyler, Yale University
Miguel Unzueta, UCLA