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Lab Director

Yuen Huo, Ph.D.

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 137D), Freshman topical seminar (Psych 19), Graduate course on the psychology of diversity (Psych 295), and Graduate course on intergroup relations (Psych 222C)

Click to see a brief outline of my professional life and activities:  Huo CV

Name pronunciation [Yen Hwoh]

Email: huo[at]


Current Doctoral Students

Felix Danbold


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.

Email: fdanbold[at]

Hua Wenwen Ni


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.

Email: wenwenni23[at]

Jesus Serrano Careaga


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.

Email:  jscareaga[at]

Sophie Mako Tanaka


I am interested in studying diversity in STEM, I have previously examined what practices and policies impact the trajectory of women and underrepresented minorities in the technology industry. Now, I am interested in understanding dominant group resistance to gender diversity efforts in STEM, and the roles that allies play in reducing this resistance.

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]


Lab Alumni

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   Research Scientist at Cangrade

Natalia Flores, Ph.D. 2013   User Experience Researcher 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.


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

Tiffany Brannon, UCLA

Jack Dovido, Yale University

Negin Ghavami, 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