Ann M. Kring, Ph.D.

I received my B.S. in Psychology from Ball State University and M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. I am interested in social-emotion-cognitive processes and how they do (and do not) go awry in psychopathology, particularly schizophrenia. I currently study basic emotion processes that underpin the negative symptoms in schizophrenia, including the ways in which emotion influences cognition, goal-directed behavior, and social interactions. This work unpacks these processes at the behavioral, physiological, and neural levels.

Lauren Weittenhiller
I received my B.S. from the University of Texas at Dallas with degrees in Psychology and Child Development. After graduation, I worked as a research coordinator in the Schizophrenia Research Center at the University of Pennsylvania. I am primarily interested in developing treatments for negative symptoms, such as emotional expressivity, social motivation, and avolition in schizophrenia. I am also interested in cultural dimensions of the manifestation and treatment of psychosis spectrum symptoms.

Ashby Cogan, B. A. (Lab Coordinator)

Ashby Cogan, BA (Yale College, 2014) currently works in the Emotion and Social Interaction Laboratory under the direction of Ann Kring at University of California, Berkeley. Having come to the field of psychology by way of informal study of behavior analysis, she completed the UC Berkeley Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Psychology in 2020. She has a strong interest in dissemination and implementation science and the disconnect between availability of empirical approaches and the practice of evidence-based treatment, as well as in the development and adaptation of culturally competent intervention. She hopes to pursue doctoral-level study in clinical science.

Bhakti Patwardhan, B. S. (Research Associate)

I received my B.S. in Neuroscience and B.A. in psychology from UC Davis, and I am working as an MRI lab assistant in the ESI lab. I have internship/volunteer experience in both research settings and medical settings, and I am interested in research in emotion, affect, and mental health. I aim to go to graduate school and pursue a career in psychology/neuroscience research. I like to spend my free time with books and cats.

Postbac Students

Alexander Koshy


Undergraduate Students

Anna Chadwick
Lynette Zhang
Emily Lunger
Ziling Huang


ESI Lab Alumni

Raquel Rodriguez, B.A.
Amy Sanchez, Ph.D.
Megan Mikhail, B.S
Jasmine Mote, Ph.D.
Brandon Chuang, B.S.
Ori Elis, Ph.D.
Tim Campellone, Ph.D.
Janelle (Caponigro) Painter, Ph.D.
Erin Moran, Ph.D.
Andrew Kennedy, B.A.
David Gard, Ph.D.
Marja Germans Gard, Ph.D.
Erin Heerey, Ph.D.
June Gruber, Ph.D,
Barbara Stuart, Ph.D.
Neera Mehta, Ph.D.
Margreet Oorschot, MSc
Hiske Hees, MA
Anita Madan, MA
Joyce Yuan, MA