Research Team

Principle Investigator

Heather C. Lench,  PhD
Associate Professor & Department Head
Department of Psychology
Texas A&M University
4235 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-4235
Faculty Profile:

I welcome contact from anyone interested in the lab or with similar research interests.  I would also appreciate any comments about the site or recommendations about information that is useful to students.

Doctoral Students

Ken_Perez_picture for website

Ken Perez

Howdy, I am a third year graduate student in the Emotion Sciences Lab at Texas A&M University! My undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Economics were completed at University of Connecticut, Storrs.  My research interests primarily revolve around the emotion of awe: its causes, outcomes, and implications for applied contexts.


Wan Yidou

Hello!  I am a second year PhD student.  I finished my undergraduate degree at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  I was born and raised in China.  My research interests include emotions, decision making, and cultures.

Lab Manager

Zari K. Haggenmiller | she/her/hers
Lab Manager and Research Assistant
Dr. Lench’s Emotion Science Lab
Lab email:

I graduated from Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI with a B.A. in Human Development and Social Relations.  I’ve worked as Dr. Lench’s full time research lab manager for about two years and I love it.  We have a strong lab team, and there is always something new to learn if you are interested. This fall I will (sadly) leave the lab to (happily) commence a Counseling Psychology PhD program at Western Michigan University.

Research Assistants




Brittany Grimshaw: Hi! I am a senior psychology major with a business minor. My interests include the study of psychopathology and morality. I plan to pursue a Masters in Forensic Mental Health Counseling upon graduation from Texas A&M.







Cameron McCann: I am a junior psychology major and statistics minor.  My interests include decision making, incentives, biases, and human behavior in general.  Upon graduating, I plan to pursue a Master’s degree in public policy.






Carlos Aleman: My name is Carlos Aleman.  I am a Junior psychology major hoping to obtain a PhD in clinical psychology.  I am excited to be working with the emotion science lab team this year.







Carolina Jimenez: Hi, I am a senior psychology major and will be joining the research team for the fall of 2017!  I aim to earn a doctoral degree in clinical psychology after graduating from Texas A&M!




Erin_Cloud_picture for website


Erin Cloud: I am a senior psychology major.  I transferred to Texas A&M University after earning an A.S. in psychology at Navarro College.  My interests focus on severe/chronic mental illness and counseling.  I plan to graduate from A&M in 2018 and pursue a PhD in clinical psychology.





Hadiya Mahmood: Howdy!  I am a senior psychology major and art minor.  My intention is to apply my psychology knowledge in the HR field, and to obtain a license in counseling.






Haley Hester: Howdy! I am a Senior working on obtaining my B.A. in Psychology with minors in Performance Studies and Communications.  I hope to learn a lot from this lab that will help me with my future endeavors!  I hope to attend a graduate program in Counseling Psychology once I graduate with my Bachelor’s degree.





Kristen Akin: Howdy!  My name is Kristen Akin and I am a sophomore working on my psychology major and chemistry and sociology minors.  After I graduate from Texas A&M I plan to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology with a concentration in forensic psychology.







Stephanie Espinal: I am a senior psychology major.  My interests include therapy with a mindful therapeutic approach.  I plan on pursuing a PhD in clinical psychology after graduating from Texas A&M University.






Sydney Stevens: Howdy! I am a sophomore psychology major with minors in business and neuroscience. My research interests include psychopathology and psychosis. After graduating, I hope to earn my PhD in Clinical Psychology in order to become a mental health counselor.