Tammy English, Ph.D.

Tammy English, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

Dr. English is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. She received her B.A. from Swarthmore College and her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, then completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford University. Her research examines emotion and emotion regulation across adulthood into old age.  CV (updated August 2023) 

Jocelyn Lai

Jocelyn Lai

Postdoc

Jocelyn (she/her/hers) is a postdoctoral research associate working with Dr. English and Dr. Thompson. She received her bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and recently completed her doctoral degree at UC Irvine. Her research broadly focuses on examining factors that contribute to how emotions are experienced and managed across different populations. More specifically, she is interested in examining nuances in facets of emotional awareness, emotion beliefs, and how contextual factors relate to emotion regulation success. Jocelyn finds little moments of joy in jazz music, chai lattes, running in Forest Park, and all things corgi or black sesame related.

Tabea Springstein, MA, MSc

Tabea Springstein, MA, MSc

Graduate Student

Tabea is a graduate student in the Social and Personality program. She grew up in Germany and received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and her Master’s degree in Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Vienna. During her time as a visiting student in the Emotion and Emotion Regulation lab at the University of California, Berkeley she became particularly interested in emotion research. Her work focusses on studying how individuals experience and regulate their emotions across different contexts and in close relationships. She is also interested in how emotion regulation changes across the lifespan.

Outside of the lab Tabea enjoys all kinds of art, reading, and exploring food from around the world.  CV

Judy Kwak, MA

Judy Kwak, MA

Graduate Student

Judy is a graduate student in the Social & Personality Psychology program at Washington University in St. Louis. She received her B.S. in Health Science from James Madison University and worked in the healthcare industry before completing the Post-Baccalaureate program in Psychology at UC Berkeley. Broadly, she is interested in studying the role of emotional processes contributing to psychological well-being. She is particularly interested in emotion regulation in the context of dyadic interactions and relationships.

Outside of the lab, she enjoys going to see live music at Jazz STL, spoiling her senior dog Poncho with homemade dog biscuits, and learning how to grow herbs at home (so far basil, mint, and thyme have filled in nicely!).

Kevin Trent

Kevin Trent

Research Technician

Kevin is a Research Technician for our MARCER study. He received his BS in Psychology from Arizona State University, where he worked in the Adolescent Stress and Emotion Lab and for the Arizona Twin Project. He is interested in how cognitive aspects of emotion regulation, such as rumination, are linked to neurobiological processes and internalizing disorders. In his free time, he likes to go rock-climbing, play chess, and spend time with friends and family.

Abby Berkowitz

Abby Berkowitz

Project Coordinator

Abby is the Project Coordinator for the MARCER study. She received her BA in Psychology and Legal Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she worked in the Addiction Research Center. She is interested in treatments that develop emotion regulation skills and how these treatments may relate to depression. Outside of the lab, she loves to cook, go on walks, and spend time with friends and family.

Emily Wei

Emily Wei

Research Technician

Emily is a Research Technician for our MARCER study. She received her BS in neuroscience and behavioral biology from Emory University, where she worked in the Behavioral Immunology Lab, the Bauer Memory Lab, and the REACT Lab. She is interested in cognitive effort and emotion regulation in depression. Outside of the lab, she enjoys going ice skating and painting.

Angie Gross

Angie Gross

Research Technician

Angie is a Research Technician for the MARCER study from Windsor, California. She earned her BA in Psychology with departmental honors from University of California, San Diego where she worked in the Positive Emotion and Anxiety Lab and the Empathy and Emotion Lab. She is interested in studying the interplay between emotional experience, satisfying relationships, and psychopathology. Outside of the lab, she enjoys hiking, water coloring, and doing yoga.
Carly  Bambrick

Carly Bambrick

Honors Student

Carly is a senior at WashU from the St. Louis area. She is beginning her first year of the MSW at the Brown School through the 3-2 program. Her undergraduate major is Psychological & Brain Sciences with a minor in Anthropology: Global Health and Environment. After graduation, she hopes to apply the concepts of emotion regulation research to clinical work. Outside of the lab, she is a peer counselor for Uncle Joe’s, and she enjoys playing tennis, reading, and spending time with friends and family. 

Ryan Ricks

Ryan Ricks

Honors Student

Ryan is a senior from Indianapolis, IN, majoring in Psychological & Brain Sciences and minoring in African and African-American Studies. She is interested in how emotion regulation influences relationships and individual behaviors, and how this is affected in individuals who exhibit emotional dysregulation, such as those with ADHD. After graduating, he hopes to pursue an MSW and work with Black adolescents and adults in underserved communities. Outside of the lab, Ryan likes writing, taking walks, and volunteering for Crisis Text Line.

Shirley Wu

Shirley Wu

Research Assistant

Shirley is a sophomore at Washington University in St. Louis from Nanjing, China. She is currently majoring in Psychological & Brain Sciences and Art History & Archaeology. She hopes to go to graduate school after receiving her bachelor’s degree. Shirley joined the lab because she would like to discover the role of emotion in people’s relations and the everyday decision-making process. During her free time, she loves drawing, watching comedies, and playing Oboe.

Matthew Wang

Matthew Wang

Research Assistant

Matthew is a first-year student at Washington University in St. Louis, originally from Morristown, New Jersey. He plans on majoring in Philosophy-neuroscience-psychology with a minor in Anthropology. He joined the lab to develop his research skills and better understand how emotional regulation adapts as we age. After graduating from WashU, he hopes to pursue further education in Med School. Outside of academics, Matthew enjoys playing basketball, volleyball, tennis, and hanging out with friends.

Danny Ecker

Danny Ecker

Research Assistant

Danny is a senior from Cleveland, Ohio. He is majoring in Psychological and Brain Sciences with a minor in Healthcare Management. His research interests include emotion regulation, brain development, and aging, and in the future, he hopes to practice medicine, become a therapist, or work in healthcare consulting. At WashU Danny is a tour guide and in the Student Union Senate. In his free time he loves to play soccer and go for runs.

Kaitlyn Butler

Kaitlyn Butler

Research Assistant

Kaitlyn is a sophomore at Washington University in St. Louis, also from the St. Louis area. She is majoring in Psychological & Brain Sciences with the intent of pursuing clinical psychology at the graduate level. Her research interests include adaptive and maladaptive emotion regulation strategies and the relationship between addiction and other psychiatric disorders. Outside of academics, she spends her time running, enjoying the outdoors, reading, and playing music.

Nina Todreas

Nina Todreas

Research Assistant

Nina Todreas is a sophomore from Belmont, Massachusetts. She is majoring in Psychological and Brain Sciences with a potential minor in Biology. After WashU, she hopes to continue her education to pursue a career as an adolescent therapist. Nina joined the lab to gain experience in the field of psychological research as well as to learn more about the impacts of emotion regulation on both the individual and the relationships they have. In her free time, Nina enjoys reading, embroidery, and going to the gym.

Mary Rose Bell

Mary Rose Bell

Research Assistant

Mary Rose is a senior from Alexandria, Virginia majoring in English and Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology. Within psychology, she is interested in the impact of language on emotion regulation and qualitative research methods. Outside of psychology, she enjoys pulling PNP into English research: she is writing an English Honors thesis on memory and aging in Irish literature and, as a Kling Fellow, pulls on cognitive literary studies to analyze Virginia Woolf’s representations of consciousness. Outside of academics, Mary Rose enjoys singing in her a cappella group, playing sports, drinking chai lattes, and reading.

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Danyal Raza

Research Assistant

Hey everyone, I’m Danyal. I’m a current sophomore at WashU. I’m from Dallas, Texas. I’m majoring in psychology and plan on pursuing psychiatry in the future. Some of my hobbies include hiking, going out with friends, traveling, and listening to music. My current research interests largely have to do with emotional regulation/development, relationships, and political psychology.

EunSeo Kim

EunSeo Kim

Research Assistant

EunSeo is a junior at Washington University in St. Louis, who is from South Korea. She studies Psychological and Brain Sciences, as well as Dance. She joined the lab to gain research experience in psychology, and her research interests are human well-being and emotion regulations throughout the lifespan of a person’s adulthood, as well as the implications of individual variances in well-being and health outcomes. After graduating from WashU, she intends to go to graduate school or medical school. Besides academics, she enjoys baking, Pilates, and traveling.

Patrick Pei

Patrick Pei

Research Assistant

Patrick is a first-year student at Washington University in St. Louis from Shenzhen, China. He is currently majoring in Psychological & Brain Sciences. He joined the lab to further his understanding of emotion regulations and interpersonal relationships. His research interests include parenting styles, attachment, interpersonal relationships, and emotional development. Outside of academics, he likes traveling, running, and hanging out with friends.
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Sharon Shen

Research Assistant

Sharon is currently a second-year student majoring in psychology and minoring in marketing and design. She loves to doodle in her free time and is obsessed with cats. She enjoys running experiments and recruiting participants for the lab!

Lab Alumni

Nate Eckland, Ph.D.

Claire Growney, Ph.D. (website)

Alexandra Gray (website)

Isidro Landa, Ph.D.

Katlin Bentley, Ph.D.

Lameese Eldesouky, Ph.D. (website)

Jordan Davis, Ph.D. (website)

Recent Collaborators

Allison Antes, Ph.D. (website)

Laura Carstensen, Ph.D. (website)

James DuBois, Ph.D. (website)

James Gross, Ph.D. (website)

Oliver John, Ph.D. (website)

Renee Thompson, Ph.D. (website)

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