I have a lab for undergraduate researchers excited to explore topics in emotion, cognition, and psychopathology.  I am not currently accepting undergraduate applications, but feel free to reach out in future quarters!

Why should you work in a research lab? If you've considered a career in psychology research (e.g., pursuing a Ph.D. in Psychology), then being a research assistant in an undergraduate lab is a great way to get experience! Learn valuable skills (e.g., considering study design decisions, conducting literature reviews, analyzing data, presenting posters) that will both prepare you for independent investigation in a research career, as well as help you learn if you like doing research in the first place. Come be part of the "behind the scenes" of the kinds of studies that you've read about in your courses!


Rhea Modi

Rhea is a third-year cognitive science and psychology double major.  Her research interests cover a wide breadth of topics, from studying ethics and morality in university students to studying the psychological and physiological impacts of trauma.  Alongside the ECP Lab, she currently works at the Stanford Psychophysiology Lab, where she studies the long term implications of childhood maltreatment.  In her free time, Rhea loves to experiment with new recipes and play with her dog, Jango!


Morgan Yates

Morgan is a third year psychology major interested in an array of research topics pertaining to emotion, cognition, and psychopathology. She is particularly passionate about exploring the therapeutic benefits of human-animal interaction. Morgan is excited to begin researching this niche topic in her undergraduate studies and plans to continue this research into graduate school. Outside of academics she loves volunteering at her local animal shelter, painting, and spending time outdoors with her dog Dr. Snooze Wagner. 

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Kameela Afifi

Kameela is a fourth year cognitive science major who is interested in exploring topics such as  depression, embodied cognition, and memory. Before joining Dr. Raila’s lab, Kameela was a research assistant in Dr. Benjamin Storm’s lab studying metaphors and memory. When she’s not working or studying, Kameela loves to spend time drawing and listening to music.

Annabel Bouwer

Annabel is a second year cognitive science major. She is interested in researching cognitive-based interventions for mood disorders, especially attention bias training or interventions that target emotion malleability beliefs. Originally from San Jose, she now lives in Santa Cruz with her pet ball python, and enjoys spending time hiking or running in the redwood forests around campus.