Lab Members

  • Ethan Kross, Ph.D.

    Lab Director

    Ethan Kross is a Professor in the University of Michigan’s Psychology Department and Ross School of Business. He is the director of the Emotion & Self-Control Lab. His research examines how people can control their thoughts, feelings and behaviors to improve their lives. He uses a variety of tools (e.g., behavioral, diary, physiological, neuroscience, social media) to address these issues and focuses on adult, child and clinical populations.

    Ethan was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and graduated magna cum laude. After earning his PhD in Psychology from Columbia University, Ethan completed a post-doctoral fellowship in social-affective neuroscience to learn about the neural systems that support self-control. He moved to the University of Michigan in 2008, where he founded the Emotion & Self-Control Lab.

    Ethan’s research has been published in Science, The New England Journal of Medicine, and The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, among other peer-reviewed journals. He has been interviewed on CBS Evening News, Good Morning America and NPR’s Morning Edition. His research has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Harvard Business Review, USA Today, The Economist, The Atlantic, Forbes, and Time.


    Click here for Ethan’s CV.

Post Docs

  • Kate Schertz

    Kate is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Michigan. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Chicago where she studied how urban greenspace influenced thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. She received a B.A. in Cognitive Science from the University of Pennsylvania. She is interested in combining experimental, ecological momentary assessment, social media, and spatial data to examine the ways in which our physical environment, in particular natural spaces, influences cognitive and affective processes, and the mechanisms for these effects. More info about Kate can be found on her website (

Graduate Students

  • Laura Soter

  • Elizabeth Trinh

  • Micaela Rodriguez

  • Chayce Baldwin

  • Maria Waggoner

Lab Managers

  • Ana Bachrach