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

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.

Outside of work, I like to take the metro train to people watch in tourist hot spots, pickle vegetables, or visit any of the amazing museums and cultural sites across Los Angeles.

Email: rmsabillo[at]

Gil Moreu

About me

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]

Alexair Gonzalez

About me

I am broadly interested in intra-minority intergroup relations, with a focus on both conflict and coalition building. I hope to investigate the psychological and situational factors that cause minority groups to either engage in derogation or work in solidarity. The possibility to help society by improving intergroup relations is what fuels the passion behind my research interests.

Prior to UCLA, I received my B.A. in Psychological Science from California State University San Marcos. During my free time, I enjoy working out, attending Dodger games, and spending time with friends & family.”

Email: alexairgonzalez[at]

Undergraduates in the Lab

Research Assistants

Cherice Chan
Keira Minamizono-Von Imbior
Kunihiro Morimoto

Previous Research Assistants

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

*Students completing a departmental honors project through our lab.

Lab Alumni & Affiliates

Former Doctoral Students

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

Mako Tanaka, Ph.D. 2023 Assistant Professor at Saddleback College

Jason Chin, Ph.D. 2023 Research Specialist at California Faculty Association


Former Undergraduate Students

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

Naomi Chien, B.A. with Honors, 2021

Anna Yan, B.A. with Honors, 2021

Cherice Chan, Lab Coordinator 2022-23, Program Coordinator at University of Michigan Institute of Digital Studies


Collaborators and Friends of the Lab

Robert Boeckmann, University of Alaska at Anchorage

Tiffany Brannon, UCLA

Jack Dovidio, Yale University

Seth Goldman, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Tomas Jimenez, Stanford University

Tatishe Nteta, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Michelle Ryan, Australian National University

Efren Perez, UCLA

Deborah Schildkraut, Tufts University

David Sears, UCLA

Heather Smith, Sonoma State University

Linda Tropp, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Miguel Unzueta, UCLA