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Iris Mauss

Principal Investigator


Iris Mauss, PhD, is the director of the Emotion and Emotion Regulation Lab (EERLab) and a professor in the social and personality psychology area at the University of California, Berkeley. Her lab’s 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.


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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.

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Gerald Young

Graduate Student

Gerald Young is a sixth year Ph.D. student in the social/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 a social psychologist and affective scientist whose research centers on two interdisciplinary and interrelated topics that have important theoretical and real-world implications. First, I study emotion-related processes at the intrapersonal level through questions such as: When, why, and for whom is emotion regulation helpful vs. harmful in terms of mental health and well-being? What factors (e.g., individual, situational, cultural) determine peoples’ use of emotion regulation strategies in the first place? And, how do people’s deeply held beliefs about emotions influence emotion regulation, mental health, and interpersonal consequences?

Second, he studies group-related processes and how they contribute to disparities in higher education, especially within science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. Here he asks questions such as: What factors hinder and facilitate a person’s social integration into groups? How does their social integration affect behavioral, motivational, and mental health and well-being outcomes?

In his free time, he enjoys watching sports, cooking, eating, and spending time with family and friends.

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Gold Okafor

Graduate Student

Gold is a fifth 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.

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Regina Ebo

Graduate Student

Regina is a third year Ph.D. student in the Social-Personality area of the Psychology department at the University of California, Berkeley. She received her BA in Cognitive Science from Vassar College and worked at MIT in the Early Childhood Cognition Lab (ECCL) under Laura Schulz prior to joining EERL.

Broadly, she’s interested in exploring the connections between emotions, empathy, and culture. She is particularly interested in examining how culture impacts emotion regulation strategies, empathetic behavior, and how individuals determine who is worthy of empathy.

In her free time, she enjoys working out, listening to music,  trying out different food/recipes and acquiring new hobbies.


Lindsey Burnside

Graduate Student

Lindsey Burnside (she/her/hers) is a fourth year PhD student in the Social/Personality area working with Dr. Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton and Dr. Iris Mauss. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience from the University of Michigan.

Her research interests include racism-related stress and coping, health equity, well-being, and segregation.

In her free time, she enjoys tending to her many houseplants, reading, travel, and playing cards with family and friends.


Colin Lee

Post-Baccalaureate student

Colin is a first-year Psychology Post-Baccalaureate student at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his B.S. in Biopsychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

He is interested in the analysis of personality through an idiographic lens, bridging structure and process based approaches to personality, and the development of more predictive and dynamic models of personality.


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