Lab director

Rachel Wu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Dr. Wu received two Bachelor’s degrees from Carnegie Mellon University, a Masters from University College London, and a PhD from Birkbeck, University of London. She also has a Fine Arts degree from Middlesex University. Dr. Wu’s research focuses on learning and attention to maximize cognitive agility from infancy to aging adulthood. In her free time, she paints, sculpts, plays the violin and piano, and sings. [CV]


Graduate students

Shirley Leanos

Shirley graduated from UCR in 2015 with a BA in Psychology and Political Science. Her research interests include investigating the relationship between cognitive aging and neurodegenerative diseases. In her free time, she likes to read novels, go to Disneyland, play with her dog, Lady, and spend time with her family.

Laura Quinones-Camacho

Laura is a Ph.D. student at University of California, Riverside in Dr. Elizabeth Davis’ lab. She graduated from the University of Puerto Rico in 2013. She was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship in 2015, and was awarded a 2017 APA grant. Her research focuses broadly on understanding how regulatory processes (e.g., emotional, physiological, cognitive) develop throughout childhood, and investigating individual differences that can influence the development of these abilities (e.g., environmental risk factors, bilingualism). In her free time, Laura enjoys exercising, cooking, and going on adventures.


Undergraduate Research Assistants

Courtney Nguyen

Courtney is interested in forensic psychology, geriatric psychology, and law psychology. In her spare time, she likes to explore the outdoors and explore new activities.

Linh Blackney

Linh graduated from UCR in 2017 with a B.S. in Biology. She is planning on applying to graduate school in the spring. Her research interests include the neuropsychology of trauma and how it effects the rest of the body. In her free time, Linh reads, knits and crochets, hikes with her dog, Lily, and visits new bookstores.

Sara Drake

Sara is a 5th year Biology major at UCR. She is interested in studying neuroscience, cognitive aging, and vision. In her spare time she enjoys reading, running, participating in organized races, and working out. She also practices mindfulness meditation and is interested in reading about how it can be used along-side with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Isaac Ngo

Isaac is a second year Neuroscience major interested in cognitive psychology. He enjoys cooking, playing the violin and the viola, and learning new things.

Derek Chau

Derek is a freshman majoring in Biology at UCR. He is interested in learning about all areas in Psychology. In his rare free time, he enjoys playing Counterstrike, modding Total War games, and supporting Manchester United.

Hara Yum

Hara is a sophomore at UC Riverside majoring in psychology. She is interested in areas of cognitive and industrial psychology but also hopes to explore developmental psychology as well. In her spare time, Hara likes to eat Chipotle, look into graduate school requirements, or cry about how much she needs to save to buy herself a Disney annual pass.

Samantha Peralta

Samantha is majoring in Cellular, Molecular Developmental Biology and is interested in forensic and pediatric psychology. On campus, she is actively involved in Lions Club and University Honors. Off-campus, she enjoys volunteering at Loma Linda University Medical Center in general pediatrics. In her spare time, she enjoys dream journaling and astrophotography.

Miranda Felix

Miranda is majoring in Biology and helps conduct research with aging adults. She hopes to attend graduate school in Psychology in the future.

Patrick Nguyen

Patrick Nguyen is a fourth year psychology student. His main interest lies in developmental psychology, specifically on social-emotional and cognitive development during adolescence. He is also the president of UCR’s Korean pop culture organization Hallyu (HALLYUCR). In his spare time, Patrick enjoys listening to KPOP, playing video games, as well as writing original fictional stories.

Lynn Yeh

Lynn is a senior majoring in psychology, with a particular interest in learning and memory. She plans to attend graduate school in the future. Her hobbies include snowboarding, playing video games, photography, and traveling.

Mary Kim Clay

Mary is a Psychology major at UCR, interested in neuroscience, as well as social, cognitive, abnormal, and developmental psychology. In her free time, she enjoys golfing, painting, reading, and supporting charities for The Lost Generations Foundation.

Gianhu Nguyen

Gianhu is majoring in biochemistry and minoring in education. She is interested in exploring different aspects of psychology and its various applications. Aside from being a zumba enthusiast, Gianhu also enjoys trying new dessert places, napping, going on hikes, and watching criminal investigation shows in her free time.


Alumni