Lab Director

Yuen J. Huo, Ph.D.

I am a social and political psychologist. My work seeks to understand why some people welcome change and thrive in diversity and why others resist change and are reluctant to welcome newcomers. Check out the the publication section to learn more about the work with my students and collaborators (and here is a brief outline of my professional life and activities Huo CV.) If you’re wondering about how I pronounce my name, it sounds like “Yen Hwoh”. When not thinking about how to solve psychological problems, I hang out with family and friends doing some of my favorite things in Los Angeles – going to the farmer’s market (any day of the week), hiking with my dogs, and exploring the city’s many diverse neighborhoods looking for good food. 

Current Doctoral Students

S. Mako Tanaka, M.A.

About me

My research focuses on the intersection between group processes and diversity & inclusion policies. Currently, I study the psychological factors which either facilitate or undermine organizational leaders’ attempts to advocate for gender parity.

When I am not working, I enjoy getting together with my friends to explore the great food of LA, attend comedy shows, or repeatedly watch “just one more” episode of our latest Netflix obsession

Email: makotanaka[at]

Jason Chin, M.A.

About me

I am a third-year Ph.D. student in Psychology in the Social Area. My current research focuses on how discrimination shapes psychological precursors to coalition-building, as well as on policy construal, social learning, and the intersections of space, place, and race.
Previously, I received my B.A. in Psychology from Boston University, where I worked in the School of Education Social Learning Lab, before I worked for two years as a lab manager at Princeton University, with the Paluck Lab. These experiences shaped my continuing enthusiasm for both field research methods and applications of psychological science to education and policy.

Email: jasoncchin[at]

Ryan Sabillo

About me

I am broadly interested in dominant group reactions to social change, with a focus on nativism, globalization, and social policy. I hope to investigate the psychological mechanisms that reinforce social hierarchies and institutionalized discrimination.

Email: rmsabillo[at]

Gil Moreu

About me

I am an incoming Social Psychology Ph.D. student (you can change this to “first-year Social Psychology Ph.D. student” if that is more appropriate). I am broadly interested in how group processes and identity-related stressors influence how members of marginalized groups understand their social identity and experience intergroup/intragroup interactions. In addition, I am interested the implications of these processes for feelings of belonging and political attitudes and behaviors.

Prior to coming to LA, I earned my BA in Psychology at the University of Texas at El Paso and worked as a lab manager at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I’m looking forward to exploring LA and discovering all the amazing food spots around the city!

Email: moreu[at]

Undergraduates in the Lab

Lab Coordinator  

Anna Yan

About me

I am a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in Psychobiology with a minor in Asian American Studies. I am interested in studying the diversity and inclusion of women, minorities, and other marginalized identities in the workplace, particularly in leadership positions. After graduation, I intend to take a gap year and apply for PhD programs in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and related fields. 

In LA, I love eating brunch at Gracias Madre and watching the sunset on Mulholland Drive. 

Email: anna.yan157[at]

Research Assistants


Naomi Chien*
Anna Yan*
Sim Mian
Edward Garbarino
Danica Dulay
Cherice Chan

*Students completing a departmental honors project through our lab.

Lab Alumni & Affiliates

Lab Alumni

Ludwin Molina, Ph.D. 2007   Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Kansas

Kevin Binning, Ph.D. 2008   Associate 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   Research Scientist at Cangrade

Natalia Flores, Ph.D. 2013   User Research Manager at Facebook

Vanessa Zavala, M.A. 2014   Survey Manager at Gerson Lehrman Group

Christopher Begeny, Ph.D. 2017  Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Exeter, U.K.

Felix Danbold, Ph.D. 2017 Assistant Professor at the University College London School of Management

H. Wenwen Ni, Ph.D. 2019  Assistant Professor at Sonoma State University

Jesús Serrano Careaga, Ph.D. 2020 Assistant Professor at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

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

Yiran Wang, B.A. with Honors, 2019

Belle Derks, Visiting Scholar

Ruth Klandauer, Visiting Scholar

Collaborators and Friends of the Lab

Robert Boeckmann, University of Alaska at Anchorage

Tiffany Brannon, UCLA

Jack Dovidio, Yale University

Tomas Jimenez, Stanford University

Efren Perez, UCLA

Deborah Schildkraut, Tufts University

David Sears, UCLA

Heather Smith, Sonoma State University

Miguel Unzueta, UCLA