The Team


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 socio-emotional and academic development.

Project Coordinator


Xinyi Chen

Xinyi Chen is a project coordinator at Zhou Family and Culture Lab. She received her B.A. in Psychology and Economics from UC Berkeley in 2020. She completed her honors thesis on the relations among neighborhood disadvantage, cumulative risk, and self-regulation in Chinese immigrant children under Dr. Qing Zhou’s mentorship. She is particularly interested in what and how contextual and cultural factors play a role in affecting children’s self-regulation outcomes, and the potential implications they have for interventions. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music, martial arts, and road trips.

Graduate Students


Ezra Mauer

Ezra Mauer is a 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 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.


Megan Chan

Megan Chan is a doctoral student in the Clinical Science program. She received her B.A. in Psychology from UC Berkeley. She is interested in how cultural factors can affect immigrant children’s mental health, and how parental emotion socialization plays a role in this. In her free time, she enjoys painting, reading and hiking. 

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Erika Roach

Erika Roach (she/her) is a doctoral student in the Clinical Science program. She received both her B.A. in Psychology and Human Biology and her M.A. in Psychology from Stanford University. Erika’s research interests lie at the intersection of racial and cultural identity, early life stress, emotion regulation, and developmental psychopathology. Outside of research, she enjoys dancing, hitting the driving range, museum-hopping, practicing Buddhism, and baking oatmeal chocolate chip cookies for family and friends.

Christopher Gys

Christopher Gys is a doctoral 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 socio-emotional 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.