Merced Experimental Social and Health (MESH) Psychology Laboratory
We aim to understand health decision making and behavior through a social psychological lens. Most of our work occurs at the intersection of health decision making and behavior (e.g., screening, sunscreen use) and the self (e.g., self-perception), and typically focuses on understanding how people prepare for and respond to bad news.
Principal Investigator: Jennifer L. Howell
Her research focuses on the intersection of social psychology and health. She is particularly interested in how processes surrounding the self (e.g., defensiveness, social comparison) influence health decision-making and behavior.
More about Dr. Howell and her vita are available here.
Jacky HuaJacky Hua started the PhD program in Health Psychology program at the University of California, Merced in 2017. She earned her B.A. in psychology at the University of California, Riverside. Her research interests focus on social, emotional, and cultural factors that influence health decision-making.
Angela JohnsonAngela Johnson started the PhD program in Health Psychology at the University of California, Merced in 2018. She earned her B.A. in psychology and M.A. in psychological research at Texas State University - San Marcos. Her research interests focus on promoting healthy behavior change, specifically looking at the social and environmental factors involved in food decision making and exercise behavior.
Dr. Howell's MESH Lab, Spring 2017
From top to bottom & Left to right: Allan Contreras, Angela Johnson (Graduate Student), Jacky Hua (Graduate Student), David Parker, Michael Vang, Lacye Lawson, Ellie Robledo, Vanessa Maldonado, Esther Jin, Larissa Shaste, Jessica Rodriguez, Jacob Feitelberg, Eva Schaffer, David Olson, Tony Nguyen, Brendan Bedolla, Bernice Nguyen, Rose Aguilar, Dr. Jennifer Howell, Sofia Pino, Edith Vasquez
I am currently accepting graduate students. Interested applicants should submit their materials to the UCM graduate program http://graduatedivision.ucmerced.edu/prospective-students/how-apply.
Visit: http://psychology.ucmerced.edu/graduate-program for more information on applying.
I encourage interested applicants to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.
I recruit new students to work in my lab each semester. Research assistants are responsible for running participants in studies, helping with the development of study materials, piloting study materials, and entering and proofing data. As students advance, there can also be opportunities for lab management positions and individual or small-group research.
Undergraduates interested in working in my lab should send me (email@example.com) and Jacky Hua (firstname.lastname@example.org) an email with their application form (link below) attached. The earlier the better!
I have four criteria in selecting undergraduate research assistants:
1. I require a two-semester commitment (Fall and Spring, or Spring and Fall).
2. Must be outgoing and extraverted.
3. Must be willing to work in the lab up to 8 hours per week (actual hours will vary throughout the semester) and attend a 1-hour weekly lab meeting.
4. Must have completed introductory psychology with a B- or better
Please note that we make decisions at the end of each semester for the next semester. So, if you apply early in the semester, it may be a little while before we make our decisions. To check on the status of your application, you can email Jacky Hua (email@example.com)