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. 

Wendy's CV

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

Forrest Rogers

Doctoral Candidate


Forrest D. Rogers, M.A., is a doctoral candidate in biological psychology at the University of California, Davis, where he is a trainee of Dr. Karen L. Bales. Forrest is a pre-doctoral trainee in the NIH-sponsored (T32) Affective Science Training Program, through which he receives additional training in human emotion, health, and psychophysiology from Dr. Wendy Berry Mendes at UCSF. He received his B.A. in French and B.S. in Biological Science with College and Departmental Honors from Oklahoma State University. Forrest studies both prairie voles (Microtus ochrogaster) and humans to explore how parent-child social interactions shape affective/emotional and bio-behavioral development. He is particularly interested in the relationship between hormones, affective states and behavioral processes. (e):

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. 

Erin Nakahara

Project Director


Erin graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in psychology. She is interested in how culture influences emotion process and how this relationship impacts mental and physical health. Erin hopes to pursue a PhD in psychology in the near future.

Erin’s CV

Katherine Ross

Project Director


Katie graduated from Johns Hopkins University in May 2016, where she obtained a B.S. in Applied Math and Statistics and B.A. in Psychology. She hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in Health Psychology, and is particularly interested in how sleep and other physical health behaviors affect psychological and emotional processes.