People

Iris Mauss

Principal Investigator


Iris Mauss is the director of the Emotion & Emotion Regulation Lab at Berkeley (EERLAB) and an associate professor in the social and personality psychology area in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. After completing her undergraduate degrees at the Universities of Trier and Dusseldorf in Germany, she received her Ph.D. from the Department of Psychology at Stanford University.
Her research focuses on emotions and emotion regulation, with an emphasis on their links to psychological health. In her research, she uses measures of emotion experience, behavior, and physiological responding, and combines laboratory, daily-diary, and longitudinal survey approaches.

Contact: imauss@berkeley.edu
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Emily Willroth

Graduate Student

Emily Willroth is a 4th year Ph.D. candidate in social and personality psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. She earned her M.A. in experimental psychology at the College of William and Mary and her B.A. in psychology at the University of Missouri.

Her research interests focus on emotion experience, emotion regulation, and well-being, with particular emphasis on variability across individuals, contexts, and time.

In her spare time, she enjoys long-distance running, watching bad movies, and playing board games.

Contact: ecwillroth@berkeley.edu
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Helena Rose Karnilowicz

Graduate Student


Helena Rose Karnilowicz is a Ph.D. student in the social and personality psychology area at the University of California, Berkeley. She received her B.A. in psychology from the University of San Francisco and worked at UCSF in the Emotion, Health, and Psychophysiology Lab under Wendy Berry Mendes prior to joining the EERL.
She is broadly interested in studying how emotion regulation can buffer the effects of stress on wellbeing, with a particular focus on the potential of reappraisal to moderate the risk for disease conferred by early adversity.
In her free time, Helena enjoys watching the NBA, cooking (and eating), and hiking in the beautiful East Bay.
Contact: hrkarnilowicz@berkeley.edu
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Felicia Zerwas

Graduate Student

Felicia is a Ph.D. student in the social-personality area of the psychology department at the University of California, Berkeley. She received her BS in psychology from the University of Arizona.

Broadly, her primary interests are emotions, emotion regulation and the impact that others have on our emotional experiences. She is particularly interested in examining how the effectiveness of emotion regulation strategies changes over different situations.

In her spare time, Felicia enjoys exercising, watching sappy movies, listening to music, and being outdoors.

Contact: fzerwas@berkeley.edu
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Gerald Young

Graduate Student

Gerald Young is a first year Ph.D. student in the social and personality psychology program at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his M.A. in social psychology at San Francisco State University and his B.A. in psychology at California State University, East Bay.

He is broadly interested in understanding the different ways in which culture and ethnicity impact emotion regulation (e.g., choices, consequences), with a particular interest in identifying the mechanisms responsible for cross-culture and cross-ethnic differences in emotion regulation.

In his free time, he enjoys watching basketball and football, eating all kinds of delicious food, and spending time with family and friends.

Contact: geraldyoung@berkeley.edu
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Gold Okafor

Graduate Student

Gold is a 1st year PhD student of the Social-Personality Psychology area at the University of California, Berkeley. She received her B.S. in Biopsychology with a minor in Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Her research is focused on assessing emotion and stress within interventions in the educational system and prison industrial complex.

In her free time, Gold enjoys listening to podcasts, rock climbing, and watching TV.

Contact: gokafor@berkeley.edu
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Judy Kwak

Post-baccalaureate Student

Judy is a post-baccalaureate student of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. She received her B.S. in Health Sciences at James Madison University and worked in the healthcare industry for several years prior to joining the Emotion and Emotion Regulation Lab.

Her interests lie in examining the effects of different emotions and emotion regulation strategies on close relationships, social functioning, and the quality (or perceived quality) of social interactions.

Outside of her studies, she enjoys listening to podcasts and exploring the local cuisine in the Bay Area.

Contact: j.kwak@berkeley.edu
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Dylan Benkley

Post-baccalaureate Student

Dylan is a 2nd year post-baccalaureate psychology student at UC Berkeley. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Syracuse University.

His research interests are in emotion and emotion regulation.

In his free time, Dylan loves playing basketball, playing the guitar, and exploring all the hiking trails around the Bay area.

Contact: dbenkley@berkeley.edu
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Grace Allison

Honors Thesis Student

Grace is a senior undergraduate student at UC Berkeley, majoring in Psychology with a minor in Public Policy.

Her research interests include how emotion regulation interacts with an individual’s background (i.e. culture, SES) to impact psychological and social health across various contexts. She is also interested in how therapy practices and public policy can translate psychological research into tangible interventions.

In her free time, Grace enjoys hiking, diving into novels, and volunteering.

Contact: grace.allison@berkeley.edu
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Dorota Swierzewicz

Honors Thesis Student

Dorota is a senior undergraduate at UC Berkeley majoring in Psychology.

Her research interests focus on emotion regulation strategies. More specifically, Dorota attempts to understand how different emotion regulation strategies are better suited to different contexts. She is also interested in the ways in which the knowledge we gain through research can be translated into practical applications to improve our daily life.

In her spare time, Dorota loves to explore the Bay Area through hiking, music events and festivals.

Contact: dorota95@berkeley.edu
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Alumni

Allison Troy
Amanda Shallcross
Henrik Hopp
Victoria Floerke
Josh Eng
Moritz Riese
Joseph Leshin
Katrien Koolen
Amanda Irion
Stephanie Yu
Bianca Lorenz
Bettina Moltrecht
Gabriela Werner
Jaya Roy
Yuen Wan Ho
Catherine Patzelt
Alma Merscher
Freya Specht
Tchiki Davis
Brett Ford
Craig Anderson
Phoebe Lam
Fiona Cheung