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]


Lab manager

Leah Ferguson

Leah graduated from CSU Monterey Bay in 2017 with a BA in Psychology. Her interests vary from neurodegenerative diseases to social psychology and social stigmas. She wishes to pursue graduate school for Sociology with an emphasis in Criminology, contributing research on social reform and reentry processes in order to improve life after prison and reduce recidivism rates. In her spare time she likes to go to the park or hike with her lab, Cali, drink coffee, read new books, and cross stitch.


Graduate students and graduate collaborators

Austin Moon

Austin graduated from the University of California, Irvine in 2017 with a B.S. in Cognitive Sciences and a B.A. in Education Sciences. His research interest includes visual search, attention, and perceptual learning using computational modeling, EEG, and deep learning techniques. During his spare time, he likes playing video games, learning how to play the keyboard, and working out with his two cats.

Pamela Sheffler

Pamela graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a BS in psychology and a minor in music. She is interested in motivation, learning, and achievement outcomes across the lifespan. In her free time, Pamela enjoys playing the violin, swimming, and watching classic films.

Isabela Perez

Isabela is a PhD candidate in social psychology. Her research investigates how educational and health disparities emerge. She has a passion for learning about the processes involved in addressing inequalities through community-based research and service. Outside of academic work, Isabela enjoys dancing, roller skating, discovering new foods, and learning new languages.


Undergraduate Research Assistants

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.

Alex Duong

Alex is majoring in Psychology and enjoys all aspects of it. He also wants to gain a better understanding of its many applications. In his free time, he enjoys going for walks, reading biographies, swimming, and playing tennis.

Elizabeth Fletes

Elizabeth is majoring in Biology and is interested in cognitive neuroscience as well as developmental psychology. Aside from being a devotee of romantic comedy movies, Elizabeth enjoys trying new trendy foods, dancing, playing the piano, and baking.  

Christine Dang

Christine is a psychology major. She is interested in cognitive psychology and developmental psychology. In the future, she wishes to become a school/educational psychologist. In her free time, Christine enjoys lifting weights at the gym, listening to rock music, learning to play the guitar, and watching mystery shows.

Zoë Warren

Zoë is a psychology major at UC Riverside. Her areas of interest are educational and perceptual psychology. She hopes to attend graduate school in the future. In her spare time, Zoë likes to get coffee, watch crime tv, and nap with her dog, Zeus.

Omar Hernandez-Cruz

Omar graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2016 with a B.S. in Human Biology and a B.A. in Psychology. He is interested in studying more about human physiology and psychology. Some of his favorite hobbies are playing the guitar, biking, and exploring unique places.

Mahima Bollapragada

Mahima is majoring in Psychology and aspires to work in clinical psychology. She hopes to attend grad school after she graduates from UCR. In her free time she enjoys hiking, cultural Indian dance, and watching scary movies.

Randolph Munoz

Randolph is majoring in Psychology at UCR and will be graduating June 2020. He is interested in research involving longitudinal studies in cognitive development based on social and academic performance in adolescents. His research interests focus on cognition, as well as social interactions and dynamics in support groups.

Nataly Tejeda

Nataly is majoring in Neuroscience to learn more about how our brains work. She wants to attend graduate school in the future. Aside from constantly studying, Nataly enjoys giving back to her community by volunteering in several organizations. Some of her favorite hobbies to do in her free time are watching medical dramas, baking, dancing, and walking her dog.

Sara Mahasti

Sara is a Neuroscience major, and her hobbies include listening to music, cooking, and riding a bike, especially on the beach. She is interested in conducting EEG studies and likes bridging what she learns to everyday life. She also enjoys seeing how scientific knowledge can be used to help people learn better.

Angela Rincon

Angela is a Psychology major, who is interested in obtaining a PhD in clinical or developmental psychology. In her free time, she loves to watch crime documentaries and other TV shows, listening to music, and spending time with friends and family.

Rachel Liu

Rachel is majoring in Biology at UC Riverside and hopes to pursue graduate school after she graduates from UCR. She is interested in various fields such as ophthalmology, cognitive sciences, cardiology, and orthopedics. In her free time, she enjoys exercising, playing the piano, and watching movies/tv shows with her sister.

Mandy Liu

Mandy is a Psychology major, and is interested in cognitive/behavioral psychology, specifically with how it applies in mental health issues. Her hobbies include hanging out with friends and family, hiking, and going on spontaneous adventures in her free time.

Andrea Hernandez

Andrea is majoring in Psychology/Law and Society. She is interested in exploring all different aspects and applications of psychology. In her free time, Andrea enjoys going to the beach, watching movies, and playing guitar.