Lab Members

WendY Berry Mendes

Lab Director


Dr. Mendes is the Sarlo/Ekman Professor of Emotion at UC San Francisco. Her research questions sit at the intersection of social, personality, and biological psychology and primarily concerns questions regarding embodiment: how emotions, thoughts, and intentions are experienced in the body and how bodily responses shape and influence thoughts, behaviors, and emotions. Some current research areas include coping with stigma and discrimination, dyadic intergroup interactions, affect contatgion, mind-body relations across the life  course, influence of emotional labeling on emotional experience and effects of stress on decision-making. 

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Erika Siegel

Post-Doctoral Fellow


Dr. Erika H. Siegel is a post-doctoral fellow in the Center for Health and Community at UCSF. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Northeastern University. Erika's work explores the role of affect in the construction of conscious experience with a particular focus on the way context and individual variation influence both the experience of emotion and peripheral physiology. She also uses research synthesis methodologies to more carefully model peripheral reactivity during affect and emotion. In the EHPL, Erika is studying the interplay between affect and psychophysiology in social contexts, with a particular focus on the way that individual difference in interoceptive awareness can influence autonomic co-regulation and affect contagion. You can read more about her work at



Amie Gordon

Post-Doctoral Fellow


Dr. Amie M. Gordon is a post-doctoral fellow in Health Psychology. Amie received her PhD in Social-Personality Psychology from UC Berkeley. In her work, Amie draws upon social, personality, and health psychology to explore the factors that shape interpersonal relationships. She takes a multilevel approach, examining social-cognitive, affective, and biological processes that influence interpersonal behaviors and outcomes. In the EHP Lab, she is focused on elucidating the links between sleep and interpersonal functioning by using a dyadic perspective to capture how people's sleep affects their own thoughts, feelings and behaviors as well as the thoughts, feeling, and behaviors of those around them. You can read more about Amie's work at

Amie's CV



Jacinth Tan

Post-Doctoral Fellow


Dr. Jacinth Tan is a post-doctoral fellow in the Center for Health and Community at UCSF. She received her PhD in Social-Personality Psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her research examines how an individual's position in the social hierarchy shapes basic cognition and affective experiences, with downstream effects on behavior, health and well-being. In the EHPL, she is investigating the role of economic inequality in influencing decision-making and the dynamics of cross-class interactions.

Jacinth's CV

Kareena Del Rosario

Lab Manager


Kareena del Rosario is the Lab Manager for the Emotion, Health, and Psychophysiology Lab. She received her B.A. in Psychology from San Francisco State University in 2016. She is interested in studying the role of emotion and self-perceptions in social functioning, and the psychological and behavioral factors that facilitate physiological covariation and social connectedness. 

Bernard Landavazo

Study Coordinator

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Bernard graduated from San Francisco State University with a Psychology BA in 2017, during which he interned as an RA at the EHPL. His interests include affective neuroscience, the role of physiology in intergroup relations, and the translation of research into public policy with a specific focus on the long-term effects of stress on the human body.


Erin Nakahara

Study Coordinator


Erin graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in psychology. She is interested in the biological factors behind emotion, cognition, and behavior and how these mechanisms impact relationships as well as mental and physical health. Erin hopes to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology in the near future.