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.
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  • 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.

Graduate Students

  • Jason Jason Stornelli, M.S.
  • Jason is a Ph.D. Candidate studying 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.

  • SMCarpenter_ISSAS Stephanie Carpenter, M.S.
  • Stephanie Carpenter is a joint doctoral student at the University of Michigan in Social Psychology and in the Department of Marketing at the Ross School of Business. She earned a B.A. and M.S. in Social Psychology from the University of Oregon prior to beginning her doctoral studies. Stephanie’s research investigates how emotion, self control, and emotion regulation influence judgment and choice behavior. Current projects seek to examine how emotion regulation is used across contexts and how the situation influences self control.

  • People_Dave David Seungjae Lee, M.S.
  • David is a fourth year graduate student in Social Psychology. His research examines the role of social factors (e.g., social support, interaction dynamics) in how people judge others, regulate emotions, and make decisions in their best interest. Broadly, he is interested in leveraging adaptive social support to facilitate positive outcomes.

  • Adrienne Adrienne Dougherty, M.S.
  • Adrienne is a third year doctoral candidate in 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.

  • Go Blue_2 Walter Sowden, M.A.
  • Walter is a third-year Ph.D. student 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.

  • 1st_Year_Uncropped Joseph Bayer
  • He is a third year doctoral student in Communication Studies, standing at the intersection of psychological and communication theory. 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.

  • psychpic Peter Felsman
  • Peter is a first year 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.

  • Darwin Darwin Guevarra
  • Darwin is a first year doctoral student in social psychology, and he is broadly interested in emotion, emotion regulation, and self-control. He is currently working on two related 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 the factors that promote and impede the development of habitual regulatory processes.

  • picture Ariana Orvell
  • Ariana is a first year doctoral  student in Social Psychology. She received her B.A. in Urban Studies with a concentration in Psychology from Columbia University in May 2011. After graduating, she spent two years teaching Kindergarten and First Grade at a KIPP Charter School in New York City, and received her MAT from the Relay Graduate School of Education in July 2013. She is interested in the role of self-control on children’s emotional and social well-being as well as their academic achievement.

Lab Managers

  • Elizabeth Kovan
  • Elizabeth is one of the lab managers for the Emotion and Self-Control Laboratory. She received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan in May 2014. Elizabeth completed an early childhood practicum as an undergraduate, which cultivated her interest in child development. She is particularly interested in the acquisition of emotion regulation in children.

  • Untitled Meg Boyer
  • Meg is one of the lab managers for the Emotion and Self-Control Laboratory. She received her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Economics in May 2014. She has primarily conducted studies involving close relationship and social media, but is also interested in social and emotional development in children and the influence of social media on emotion and well-being.

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


  • 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 the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

  • Mary Liu, Ph.D.
  • Mary was a doctoral student in the lab and earned her Ph.D. in 2014. Broadly speaking, her primary research interests center on sustainable well-being, compassion, self-other processes, and altruism.

  • Lori Hoggard, Ph.D.
  • Lori was a doctoral student in the lab and earned her Ph.D. in 2013. She is currently a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

  • 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.

  • Ryan Bremner, Ph.D.
  • Ryan received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology at the University of Michigan in 2013. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of St. Thomas.

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

  • 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.

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

  • Julia Briskin
  • Julia was one of the lab managers for the Emotion & Self-Control Lab from August 2012 to August 2013. Currently, she is the lab manager for the Health, Attitudes & Influence Lab with Dr. Allison Earl.

  • Natalie Lin
  • Natalie worked in the lab as the lab manager from June 2011-August 2012. Natalie is currently working on a Masters in Public Health at the University of Michigan.