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

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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
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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 one year now and I love it. We have a strong lab team, and there is always something new to learn if you are interested. I will be applying to a range of psychology PhD programs this fall.

Research Assistants



Brittany Grimshaw: Hi! I am a junior psychology major with a business minor. My interests include the study of interpersonal relationships and morality. I plan to pursue a PhD in Social Psychology 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!




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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! My name is Sydney Stevens and I am a sophomore psychology major with a minor in business. After graduation, my goal is to pursue a medical degree for psychiatry.