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

Justino Flores

Justino graduated from UCLA in 2017 with a BA in Psychology, Public Health and Gerontology. His research interests include topics addressing social justice, race, ethnicity and the LGBTQ community. In his free time, he likes to check out new restaurants, go to the gym, spend time with his friends and explore LA.

Pamela Sheffler

Kamryn Mattingly

Kamryn graduated from the University of Louisville in 2018 with a BA in Psychological and Brain Sciences and a minor in mathematics. They are interested in researching memory, emotion, and non-traditional human sexuality using fMRI. In their spare time, they enjoy doing yoga, playing guitar, and spending time with their son.

Austin Moon

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Miranda Felix

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

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.  

Crystal Leigh

Crystal is majoring in English and minoring in education. Her research interests include the relationships between developmental psychology and education, but she enjoys learning about other fields as well. In the future, she hopes to attend UC Riverside’s Graduate School of Education to obtain her master’s degree in School Psychology or Neuroscience and Education. She also enjoys photography, dogs, and hiking.


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.

Jenny Yun

Jenny is majoring in business and enjoy learning about Psychology. She hopes to attend grad school after graduating from UCR. In her free time, she likes to watch true crime tv shows.

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.