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 in Clinical Psychology. Before moving to San Diego, she was an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh in the Biological-Health and Social areas and received her PhD at UCLA.

Email: tinagaki@sdsu.edu


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.

Email: lpr6@pitt.edu


Nicole Abaya

MA Graduate Student – to start Fall 2021


Alexis Pinela

Project Coordinator

Alexis graduated from the University of Southern California with a major in psychology. She is interested in applying  neuroscience and clinical research methods to understand identity formation and group oriented behaviors.


Kristopher Ngo

Project Coordinator

Kris graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles as a psychology major. His research interests center around taking an interdisciplinary approach to understand how social and political contexts affect our perception and emotional experience.


Current Research Assistants

Greta Majus

Greta is a second-year undergraduate student. She is a psychology major and is interested in pursuing medicine in the future. 


Kassandra Vasquez

Kassandra is a fourth year undergraduate at SDSU with a major in psychology and a minor in counseling and social change. She is interested in going into clinical psychology in the future.


Nancy Huynh

Nancy is a second-year undergraduate student. She is a psychology major with a minor in Sociology and is planning to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology in the future. 



Recent Lab Alumni

Solana Kenyon – graduate student in Psychology & Neuroscience at Maastricht University (Fall 2021)

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 – Program Associate at Beyond Conflict

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

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