Tristen Inagaki, PhD

Lab Director

Tristen is an assistant professor in the department of psychology at San Diego State University and a mentor in the SDSU-UCSD Joint Doctoral Program. Before moving to San Diego, she was an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh in the Biological-Health and Social areas.


Lauren Ross

Graduate Student

Lauren is a graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research focuses on identifying protective social mechanisms, and to determine if they are adaptive and useful in mitigating the effects of social pain.


Nicole Abaya

MA Graduate Student – to start Fall 2021

Project Coordinator – YOU!

We are currently recruiting a project coordinator to run a large clinical trial.

Current Research Assistants

Nancy Huynh

Solana Kenyon

Greta Majus

Kassandra Velasquez

Recent Lab Alumni

Sareen Ali (honors student) – medical student at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine

Belen Best (honors student) – intern in Corporate Law at Ropes & Gray, LLP

James Germano – graduate student at SMU Guildhall for a Master of Interaction Technology in video game creation and design

Laura Hazlett – graduate student at University of California, Los Angeles

Laura Armfield-Perez – research assistant at New York University

Emily Simon – clinical research coordinator at the University of Pennsylvania

Yumeka Hirayama

Emefa Akwayena – Cognitive Neuroscience at Carnegie Mellon University (Fall 2021)

Sabine Janssen – research coordinator at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center