Jeanette Zambrano


 Lab Manager SDSU


Jeanette graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a B.A. in Psychology. Her interests are in motivational processes and the social and cultural factors that influence belonging, interest, and success in educational contexts. Though she has many interests, she is currently focusing on examining 1) how students from Latino/Hispanic backgrounds think about (in)compatibility between their cultural and academic identities, 2) how course assignments and materials influence student motivations and interest in foundational science courses, and 3) how other people can shape one’s interests and goals, particularly through conversations or anticipated conversations.

When she is not working in the lab, she likes to watch movies, try new recipes, and read. Her favorite book is The Count of Monte Cristo.

Ron comes from a diverse business background and he is particularly interested in the value, acquisition, and plasticity of identity. He is also interested in how motivational differences between people sometimes lead to conflict versus cooperation.
Ron’s hobbies include martial arts and travel. He also enjoys skiing and snowboarding at Mammoth Mountain.”

Ron Flores


Garam A. Lee


Garam graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a B.A. in Psychology. Broadly speaking, her research interests are focused around the development and maintenance of interest and motivation until people achieve their goals. In particular, she is interested in learning how people’s social identities and socio-cultural context interact, and how those interactions influence motivational experiences. She hopes her work to be helpful to address and alleviate important social problems, and therefore, she is also passionate about developing and evaluating theory-based interventions.

In her free time, she loves to take a long walk. She also enjoys performing operas.


Amiryah graduated in 2014 from Northern Arizona University with a B.S. in Psychology, where her interests were focused on holistic treatment options for Schizophrenia and the affective disorders, namely Depression and Anxiety. Before entering the Master’s program, Amiryah worked for over two and a half years at the US Air Force Research Laboratory conducting studies in the fields of Cognitive Neuroscience and Biodynamics. Here, she was involved in investigations of Transcranial Direct Stimulation (tCDS) as an intervention for diminished cognitive performance resulting from fatigue, as well as the examination of physical mechanisms of cervical and spinal injury, which may directly result from structural differences between ejection seats used in various fighter aircraft. Currently, Amiryah is interested in quantifying the degree to which culture and various interpersonal dynamics influence an individual’s behavior and decision-making.

Outside of the lab, Amiryah enjoys drawing, photography, hiking, and cycling.


Amiryah Toves

Amiryah Toves

Madison Haley



Madison is very interested in social psychology and hopes to carry on her experience into the field of counseling with young children. Madison is currently a preschool assistant teacher and hopes to continue a career in education.


During Madison’s free time, she loves to go outside and adventure. Whether it is going to the beach, going on a hike, or riding bikes around Mission Beach, she is always taking advantage of living in beautiful San Diego.



Dylan is interested in social and I-O psychology. After graduating with a degree in Psychology Emphasis: I-O Psychology, with minor in Business Management, Dylan plans to pursue a Master’s degree in I-O Psychology.


His personal interests include going to concerts with his friends, trying new food, and playing soccer.


Dylan Perez Neider


Brandon Tam

Brandon Tam


Brandon is very interested in I-O psychology. After graduating with a minor in statistics and emphasis in I-O he plans to pursue a Master’s degree in I-O psychology.


In his free time, he enjoys the outdoors, hiking, biking, running, even relaxing and enjoying the view. Although, when possible, he loves traveling and exploring different places in the world.


Daniel is interested Political Psychology, and is hoping to go to graduate school for a PhD in Political Science. He wants to conduct research into how voter prejudice affects results of elections in the United States, and is curious as to how these attitudes manifest in the formation and practice of policy.


Daniel loves reading High Fantasy, and his favorite author is Brandon Sanderson. He enjoys playing board games and video games, as well as listening to folk music.


Daniel Berkowitz


Christina Lee



Christina is interested in I-O Psychology and hopes to further her education by going to Graduate School. In the future, she wants to be able to assist organizations and corporations in improving their working environment, thereby making people’s work experience more enjoyable as well as increasing their efficiency. She is currently working on her B.A.


Christina enjoys meeting new people, listening to music, going on road trips, watching anime, reading manga, playing League of Legends, playing board games, and hanging out with friends.


Brooke is an undergraduate at San Diego State with hopes to major in both Psychology and in American Indian Studies. She is interested in Sports and Health Psychology as well as the cultural dynamics of minority and aboriginal peoples. She hopes to attend graduate school and further her education in the field of psychology as well as gain experience in the field and ultimately work alongside a sports team.


Brooke enjoys taking her dog to the dog parks and beaches in San Diego and hanging out in the water or on the sand. She also enjoys listening to and playing music as well as spend time with her friends and family.

Brooke Aiau

Brooke Aiau

Elizabeth Brekke



Liz is interested in how social influence can affect personality, perception, and motivation. She is specifically interested in how media representation can affect identity and goal-orientation. Liz is currently completing her undergraduate education at SDSU, but also plans to pursue a Masters Degree in Psychology after graduation.


In her free time, Liz likes to sing, play the ukulele, and write music.



Ariana is an undergraduate student at SDSU majoring in psychology and minoring in Honors interdisciplinary studies. She is interested in social psychology as well as industrial and organizational psychology. She hopes to make an impact in worker’s lives through the study of one’s identity and motivation. Ariana intends to further her education and achieve her goals by going to graduate school and attaining an M.A or Ph.D in I-O psychology after graduating from SDSU.


In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, watching movies, and exploring coffee shops.


Ariana Hernandez

Ariana H.

Johan Im

Johan Im


Johan is majoring in I-O Psychology and studying Business Marketing for a minor as a 3rd year undergraduate student. He wants to pursue Master’s Degrees in MBA management and I-O Psychology. Also, he is interested in Talent Management, and possibly, wants to become a Talent Management Manager at multinational companies.


In his spare time, he loves learning new languages and various cultures.




Zena is in her final year of undergraduate studies where she will earn a B.A. in Psychology. She is interested in the treatment of mental illnesses, especially anxiety and depression. She plans to attend graduate school for Clinical Psychology, earn a Ph.D., and eventually work as a therapist.


When she’s not in school, she’s working as an AVID tutor at a middle school. In her spare time, Zena enjoys hiking, reading, and spending quality time with her cat.



Zena Donovan


Keelan Tobia



Keelan is an undergraduate psychology student minoring in counseling and social change. He is interested in the reduction of caregiver burden for families with children with cognitive and social deficits. He is also interested in aspects of student motivation and cultural competency in education and mental health professions. Keelan plans to attend graduate school to attain an Ed.S degree in School Psychology, and later work as a school psychologist.


When he is not in school, he works as a high school percussion clinician and performer. In his free time, he enjoys playing drums, basketball, skateboarding, and graphic design.



Rodolfo Orozco is majoring in psychology with an I-O emphasis. He plans on attending graduate school for a masters degree in I-O psychology and intends on pursuing a career in consulting. He is interested in the effect extrinsic and intrinsic factors have on motivation and how it is translated into success within institutions.


Rodolfo is currently working for a mental health organization that specializes in catering to the Latino community. On his spare time, Rodolfo enjoys reading, running, and exploring new foods.


Rodolfo Orozco


Tina Mekany


After Tina (Tareen) obtains her BA in Psychology and a minor in Counseling and Social Change from SDSU, she hopes to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology or Social Psychology. An alternative degree she is considering may focus on Marriage and Family Therapy since she is interested in helping others talk through their problems and build progress in a therapeutic form. She currently holds a paid internship position with the County of San Diego.


During her free time Tina enjoys volunteering at the UCSD Moores Cancer Center, hiking or going to the beach with friends and family, and simply watching Netflix.


Many research assistants in the lab have been highly successful during their time at here and have continued to be successful in new positions. We highlight a few of these folks, to provide examples of the range of accomplishments and opportunities that students from the lab have pursued. To learn about current research assistants, please follow [Graduate Researchers] and [Research Assistants] tabs above.

In Academia

Matthew Jackson

Post Doc from 2014-2017

Assistant Professor at California State University, Los Angeles

Christina Curti

Graduate Assistant from 2014-2017

Doctoral student in the Educational Policy and Theory at University of Rochester

Isidro Landa

Graduate Assistant from 2014-2016

Doctoral student in the Social/Personality Psychology program at Washington University in St. Louis

Mia Steinberg

Post Doc from 2015-2016

Program Evaluator at California State University, Long Beach

Gregg Muragishi

Graduate Assistant from 2012-2015

Doctoral student in Social Psychology program at Stanford University

Ramon Flores

Graduate Assistant from 2013-2014

Doctoral student in Human Development and Psychology program at University of California, Los Angeles

Sophie Jané

Undergrad RA from 2012-2014

Doctoral student in Organizational Behavior program at Case Western Reserve University

Christina Siu

Undergrad RA from 2009-2012

Doctoral student in the Human Factors program at Wichita State University

Erendira Aldaňa

Undergrad RA  from 2009-2011

Doctoral student in Community Psychology program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa

Cassie Comley

Undergrad RA from 2009-2011

Doctoral student in Sociology program at the University of Oregon

Jessica Lopez

Undergrad RA in 2011

Researcher in Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University

Jessica Arizaga

Undergrad RA from 2009-2010

Doctoral student in Child Clinical Psychology program at DePaul University


In Industry

Adam Dilla

Graduate Assistant from 2015-2017

Senior Analyst, Custom Marketing Analytics at Nielsen

Jennifer Robinson

Graduate Assistant from 2012-2014

Adjuct professor at Chaffey College

Lisa Zazworsky

Graduate Assistant from 2010-2013

Outcomes & Evaluation Manager for the Veterans Village of San Diego

J. Katherine Lee

Graduate Assistant from 2009-2012

Researcher, Global Diversity & Inclusion Organization at Amazon

J’Aimee Mission

Undergrad RA from 2009-2011

Account Service Manager at CachSource LLC

Jason Ziccardi

Undergrad RA from 2009-2010

Manager, User Experience Design at athenahealth

Gretchen Soncuya

Undergrad RA from 2009-2010

Working in medical field