Family and Culture Lab

Principal Investigator


Dr. Qing Zhou

Qing Zhou is a faculty in the Clinical Science Area of Psychology Department at UC-Berkeley, and the Director of the Culture and Family Study Lab. She received her M.A. in developmental psychology and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Arizona State University. Dr. Zhou is broadly interested in studying context (family, school, culture) and temperament influences on children’s socioemotional and academic development.

Project Coordinators


Megan Chan

Megan Chan is a project coordinator at Zhou Family and Culture Lab. She received her B.A. in Psychology from UC Berkeley in 2017. She completed her honors thesis on how parental emotion discussion affect Chinese immigrant children’s socio-emotional outcome under Dr. Qing Zhou's mentorship. She is particularly interested in how cultural factors can play a role in affecting children's mental health, and how the potential evidence based treatments would look like. In her free time, she likes to read, paint and goes to urbankick classes.


Carol Rivera

Carol Rivera is a project coordinator at the Zhou Family and Culture Lab. She received her B.A. in Psychology from UC Berkeley. Her honors thesis studied the relations between Mexican American parenting styles, parental stress, parental emotion regulation, and preschoolers psychological adjustment. She is particularly interested in the relationship between parenting and emotion regulation in immigrant families, as well as the impact family engagement may have on academic and psychological outcomes. She is con-currently Family Engagement, Outreach, and Equity Specialist for the Hayward Unified School District where she enjoys working on curriculum development and project management. In her free time, Carol enjoys museums, hanging out with her dog, Korra, stand up comedy, and gatherings with friends and family.

Graduate Students


Sara Chung

Sara Chung is a clinical intern of the half-time UCSF Clinical Psychology Training Program, under the mentorship of Drs. Qing Zhou and Linda Pfiffner. She received her B.A. from UC Berkeley and her M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research explores how individual (e.g., appraisals, coping, language competence), family (e.g., parenting, parent-child conflict), and socio-cultural variables influence the socio-emotional development of children and adolescents. Sara aims to contribute to increased access to and effectiveness of clinical interventions designed to facilitate open communication and cohesion among immigrant families as well as cultural humility in treatment settings. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, board games, and wine tasting.


Aya Williams

Aya Williams is a fifth-year doctoral student. She received her B.A. in Psychology and Linguistics at Stanford University. Her research explores how bilingual language use (especially code-switching) may influence children and parents’ self-regulation. Aya is excited about the idea of using language as a tool to manage emotions. She also enjoys spending time outdoors snowboarding and SUPing. If you are a researcher or clinician interested in bilingualism & emotion, or language as a tool to manage emotions, especially in psychotherapy.


Kaley Curtis

Kaley Curtis is a third-year doctoral student in the Clinical Science program. She received her BA from Brown University in Education and Public Policy and her EdM in Human Development and Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Kaley is especially interested in culture and ways that parent and teacher relationships influence children's socio-emotional development. In her free time you'll find her outdoors, hiking, running, or biking.


Ezra Mauer

Ezra Mauer is a first-year doctoral student in the Clinical Science program. He received his bachelor's degree in Middle East Studies from Brown University. Prior to enrolling at UC Berkeley as a PhD student, he completed the Psychology Post-Baccalaureate program. Ezra is broadly interested in the relationships between language, executive function, and academic outcomes across child development as well as ethnic identity development. In his spare time, he enjoys playing cello, listening to podcasts, and spending quality time with his cat, John Oliver.


Stephanie Haft

Stephanie Haft is a first-year doctoral student in the Clinical Science program. She received her B.A. in Neuroscience from Claremont McKenna College. Stephanie is interested in the role of self-regulation in preventing mental health disorders, and how sociocultural background plays a role in this. She is especially curious about psychological and biological tools to assess these factors. Stephanie also enjoys doing Crossfit, listening to podcasts, and petting every dog she sees.

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Christopher Gys

Christopher Gys is a first-year Post-Baccalaureate student. He received a B.A. in Hispanic Studies from Bowdoin College. For the next two years, he worked as an Assistant Language Teacher in the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program in Hakusan, Ishikawa. Chris is interested in the influence of culture and language on socioemotional development and hopes research findings in this area can improve the efficacy of mental health services for bilingual and bicultural communities in the U.S. In his free time, Chris likes playing soccer, haunting local cafes, and listening to the On Being podcast.

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Lionel Meng

Lionel Meng is a Post-Baccalaureate student in Psychology. He received his BA in Economics from Northwestern University and MA in TESOL from SIT Graduate Institute. Lionel is interested in the intersection of language, culture, and thought in socio-emotional development and wellness. In his free time Lionel enjoys road cycling and basketball.


Vanessa Kim

Vanessa Kim is a visiting scholar under the supervision of Dr. Qing Zhou. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education with a minor in Psychology from Yonsei University, Seoul. Her research interest lies in how family dynamics and cultures influence emotion regulation and emotion expressivity. Also, she would like to further pursue her interests in the relations between maladaptive coping strategies to stressors and pathways to mental disorders. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and exploring diverse restaurants in the Bay Area.

Assessor Lead

Christopher De Anda
Elizabeth Kwong
Francis Yang
Xinyi Chen

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Andrea Johnson

Annalise Fox

Antonio Cruz De La Cruz

Alexandra Ruiz

Andrew Wong

Boris Yung

Brenda Mejia

Bryan Reynoso


Calvin Zhou

Catherine Sun

Christina Wang

Cindy Kreeck

Doreen Teng

Elizabeth Kwong

Fabian Salas

Gudelia Vicencio

Helena Nguyen 

Jamie Liu

Jaquelyn Camarillo

Kaia Johnson

Karla Guerrero

Karla Sahagun

Kelsey Fung

Leah Selcer

Lilliana Conradi

Linyi Yu

Lily Huang

Marcela Macias

Maria Rodriguez

Mark Chen

Melissa Wu

Michelle Taw


Natalie Silverstein

Pamela Arrechea

Phoenix Ding

Sabrina Chua

Sofia Andrade

Steven Pozos

Timothy Lee

Tsz Chun Chung

Vanessa Lopez

Vanessa Vasquez-Ochoa

Winnie Zheng

Yailin Alvarez Bahena

Yelitza Cervantes