I conduct my research in partnership with students and faculty from around the world. We use a wide range of research methods, including archival data analysis, experience sampling, online surveys, and in-person interactions.
I also run a biweekly lab meeting at Rady for graduate students interested in behavioral research. We present research at all stages of progress for discussion and feedback.
I am accepting new Ph.D. students for fall 2020 (more information on Rady's Ph.D. program is here). There is always space in my lab for undergraduate students who want some research experience: as part of an honors thesis, for credit, or on a volunteer basis.
Shuang (Thea) Wu will be starting in fall 2019 as a Ph.D. student at the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego. Her research interests center around social hierarchies at dyadic and group levels. She is curious about when and why the sense of responsibility is (or is not) at work for people with high power. She is also interested in impression management tactics people use to gain power and status, as well as the actual effectiveness and group-level consequences of these tactics. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and lately, Chinese folk dances.
Yidan (Dani) Yin is a Ph.D. student at the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego. She is interested in interpersonal consequences of power and status. She is working on a project that examines how trust develops in unequal-power relationships. She is also interested in how people gain social rank—for example, when and how prosocial behaviors increase social influence. In her free time, Dani enjoys hiking and camping in mountains and national parks.
Min Zhang is a Ph.D. student at the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego. She received her master's degree in psychology from New York University. She is interested in how social hierarchies shape decision-making and self-control. Her work in this area has examined the effects of power on temporal discounting. She is also interested in how people gain and lose power and influence—for example, through behaviors that deviate from the social norm. In her free time, Min enjoys traveling and dancing Argentine Tango.
Undergraduate Honors Students
Richelle Tran is a fourth-year Psychology and Public Health major at UC San Diego and is in the Psychology Honors program. She is currently interested in studying the mechanisms of power underlying racial, gender, and social dynamics, and how the structural exercise of power influences everyday behavior. Her other research interests include emotion regulation strategies in social interactions, preventative health, and data analysis. In her free time, she likes to practice hand-lettering, Vietnamese calligraphy, and boxing.
Jenny Le was an undergraduate student in the psychology honors program at UC San Diego. She is interested in how emotions shape interpersonal relationships. Her honors project with me examined how power and interdependence influence empathic accuracy. In her free time, she enjoys going to Disneyland and thrift shops. In fall 2019, Jenny will be starting as a social psychology Ph.D. student at the University of Rochester.