Pictured from left to right:
(Third Row) Peter Felsman, Jason Stornelli, David Lee, Josh Wondra, Darwin Guevarra

(Second Row) Izzy Gainsburg, Ariana Orvell, Dan Porter, Walter Sowden, Stephanie Carpenter, Walter Sowden, Joe Bayer

(Front) Dr. Ethan Kross, Adrienne Dougherty, Britney Wardecker, Meg Boyer, Elizabeth Kovan, Brittany Drake

Lab Director

  • Ethan Kross Ethan Kross, Ph.D.
    Download CV
  • Ethan received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. He is an Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Michigan and the Director of the University of Michigan Emotion and Self-Control Laboratory. He is also a Faculty Associate at the University of Michigan’s Research Center for Group Dynamics, Center for Cultural Neuroscience, and Depression Research Center.

    The goal of Ethan’s research is to shed light on the psychological and physiological processes that allow people to control emotions that undermine their goals and compromise their health. He uses a variety of tools (e.g., behavioral, diary, physiological, neuroscience-fMRI methods) to address this issue and focuses on both normal-healthy and clinical populations.

    For an overview of current research projects in the lab, please visit the research page.

Post Doc

  • BrianV Brian Vickers, Ph.D.
  • Brian received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan’s cognition and cognitive neuroscience program in the Department of Psychology. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the University of Michigan’s Emotion and Self-Control laboratory studying emotional dynamics via multiple methods  (e.g., behavioral, physiological, fMRI). His primary interests involve emotions, decision making, and sustainability.

  • Go Blue_2 Walter Sowden, Ph.D.
  • Walter received his Ph.D in social psychology at the University of Michigan. The overarching question that drives his research is how does the interaction between our sociality and morality influence our psychology, behavior, social relationships, and well-being? Right now he is looking at how interpersonal relationships influence moral judgment and decision making.

Graduate Students

  • ArianaOrvell_photo Ariana Orvell
  • Ariana is a doctoral student in Social Psychology. She received her B.A. from Columbia University in 2011, and was a Teach For America corps member in New York City from 2011 to 2013. She is interested in how subtle shifts in a person’s language, construal, or the situation itself can impact their ability to exercise self-control. She is also interested in interventions that translate basic research to positively impact people’s well-being.

  • Darwin Guevarra Darwin Guevarra
  • Darwin is a doctoral student in social psychology, and he is broadly interested in emotion, emotion regulation, and self-control. He is currently working on two lines of research. One involves understanding how placebo mechanisms can be applied in self-control and emotion regulation contexts. A second line of research involves understanding how beliefs about emotions and emotion regulation strategies influence their affective consequences. Please click here to view Darwin’s CV, and click here to access his website.

  • psychpic Peter Felsman
  • Peter is a doctoral student in Social Work and Social Psychology. Generally, he is interested in emotion regulation within the framework of positive psychology. This may involve creativity, music, passion, spirituality, and social networks, among other things. Through his current research, he is working to better understand the complexities of mindfulness in order to better contextualize its adaptive use.

Lab Managers

  • Screen Shot 2016-06-07 at 4.41.18 PM Amy Erlich
  • Amy is one of the lab managers for the Emotion and Self-Control Laboratory. She received her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Gender and Health from the University of Michigan in May 2016. She is interested in the social and emotional aspects of grief, as well as how emotion-regulation strategies can enhance overall well-being following distinct negative experiences.

  • Screen Shot 2016-06-07 at 3.47.28 PM Brittany Drake
  • Brittany is one of the lab managers for the Emotion and Self-Control Laboratory. She received her B.S. in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience from the University of Michigan in May 2015.

Research Assistants


Jamison Chung, Joe Calabrisotto, Sharjil Shamim, Hannah Nelson, Jenna Mangle, Alyssa Murphy, Sarah Bronson, Trevor McCarty,

Tilbe Çakar, Jonathan Goldenberg, Kayla Bomeli, Omar Ilyas, Emily Seigel, Catherine Holt, Carolyn Busch, Emma Abed, Sarah Panone

(Not pictured) Joey Asker, Lauren Devereaux, Marlisa Gashaj, Olivia Furano


  • Adrienne Dougherty
  • Adrienne completed the Social Psychology doctoral program at University of Michigan. Adrienne is broadly interested in emotions and emotion regulation and their ability to influence decision making and motivation. She is currently examining the applied use of emotion regulation techniques in the realm of stereotype threat and jury decision making. She is also examining the neural correlates involved in the role that language plays in self-regulation.

  • Aleah Burson, Ph.D.
  • Aleah received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology at the University of Michigan in 2013.

  • David Lee
  • David was a doctoral student in the lab and earned his Ph.D. in 2016. He is currently a Social Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow at the Ohio State University.

  • Dominik Mischkowski
  • Dominik was a graduate student from 2008-2010. He is currently completing his Ph.D. in Social Psychology at Ohio State University.

  • Emily Laura Kean
  • Emily worked in the lab as the lab manager from June 2009- August 2011. Emily is currently working on a Masters in Social Work at the University of Michigan and will graduate in May 2013.

  • Holly Shablack
  • Holly was one of the lab managers for the Emotion and Self-Control Laboratory from 2012-2014. She received her B.S. in Brain Behavior and Cognitive Science with a Linguistic minor from the University of Michigan in May 2012. She is currently a doctoral student in Social Psychology at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

  • Igor Grossmann, Ph.D.
  • Igor was a doctoral studnet in the lab and earned his Ph.D. in 2012. He is currently an Assistant Professor in Social Psychology at the University of Waterloo, Canada.

  • Jason Stornelli
  • Jason studied consumer behavior at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. His primary research interests are the influence of planning, emotion and culture on judgment and decision-making. He received an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University in London, Canada and was a lecturer there prior to arriving in Ann Arbor.

  • Jiyoung Park, Ph.D.
  • Jiyoung was a doctoral student in the lab and earned her Ph.D. in 2012, then continued her work in the lab as a post-doc. She is now a post-doc at the University of California San Francisco with Dr. Wendy Berry Mendes.

  • Joseph Bayer, Ph.D.
  • Joseph received his Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Michigan in 2016. His work focuses on the self-regulation of social and mobile media behaviors, and considers both individual processes (e.g., habits) and social processes (e.g., network structure). The long-term goal of this research is to understand how new technologies — that is, social tools — are changing the nature of interaction. Joseph is now an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication at The Ohio State University.