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Ann M. Kring, Ph.D.

Department of Psychology
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720
ph: (510)643-8586
fax: (510)642-5293
email: kring@berkeley.edu

I received my B.S. in Psychology from Ball State University and M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. I am interested in social-emotion-cognitive processes and how they do (and do not) go awry in psychopathology, particularly schizophrenia. I currently study basic emotion processes that underpin the negative symptoms in schizophrenia, including the ways in which emotion influences cognition, goal-directed behavior, and social interactions. This work unpacks these processes at the behavioral, physiological, and neural levels.


Graduate Students

Ori Elis (email)


I received my B.A. from Smith College with degrees in both Psychology and Studio Art. After spending time working as case manager for people with a severe mental illness, I earned my Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University in 2006. My research interests revolve around social reward processing, interpersonal interactions in schizophrenia, and novel psychosocial interventions for the psychotic spectrum disorders. Currently, I am working on an individual difference measure of social anticipatory pleasure and completing my internship at the San Francisco VA.

Jasmine Mote (email)



I received my B.A. in Psychology from Oberlin College. After graduation I worked as a research associate in the Interdisciplinary Affective Science Laboratory at Northeastern University in Boston.The intersection of social and clinical psychology fascinates me, and my research interests concern both healthy and clinical populations, with a focus on people with schizophrenia. I'm currently examining whether heightened negative emotion and/or cognitive control deficits in schizophrenia account for th observation of incongruent emotion experience in response to evocative stimuli. I am also interested in the temporal experience of emotion (anticipatory and consummatory experiences); sex differences in emotion experience and expressivity; and the mechanisms and outcomes related to positive emotion.

Amy Sanchez (email)



I received my B.A. from New York University in Russian and Slavic Studies and my MA from San Francisco State University in Psychological Research. During my time at SFSU I was the lab manager and study coordinator for the Motivation and Emotion Research Lab. Currently, I am interested in incorporating physiological, behavioral, and experience sampling methods to explore the relationships between emotion dysregulation, amotivation, and social deficits in severe psychopathology. I am finishing a project to examine whether or not interpersonal emotion regulation influences motivated behavior in a student sample, and hope to extend this line of research to clinical populations.

Brandon Chuang (email)


I received my B.S. in Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology from UCLA. After graduating I worked as a data manager at UCSF in the BAND lab directed by Dr. Josh Woolley studying the effects of oxytocin on social cognition in people with schizophrenia. I joined the Emotion and Social Interaction Lab in 2016 as a clinical science PhD student. My research interests lie in uncovering the mechanisms behind social motivation, developing new treatments for social deficits such as improv theatre, and unpacking the cognitive, behavioral, and biological mechanisms of social cognition in schizophrenia. In my free time (rare as it is) I enjoy being part of an improv troop, traveling, and trying new sushi joints.

Lauren Weittenhiller (email)


I received my B.S. from the University of Texas at Dallas with degrees in Psychology and Child Development. After graduation, I worked as a research coordinator in the Schizophrenia Research Center at the University of Pennsylvania. I am primarily interested in developing treatments for negative symptoms, such as emotional expressivity, social motivation, and avolition in schizophrenia. I am also interested in cultural dimensions of the manifestation and treatment of psychosis spectrum symptoms.


Postbac Students, Research Associates, & Undergraduate Students


Megan Mikhail

Renata Botello

Anna Deal


ESI Lab Alumni


Tim Campellone, Ph.D.

Janelle (Caponigro) Painter, Ph.D.

Erin Moran, Ph.D.

Andrew Kennedy, B.A.

David Gard, Ph.D.
Marja Germans Gard, Ph.D.
Erin Heerey, Ph.D.
June Gruber, PhD
Barbara Stuart, Ph.D.
Neera Mehta, Ph.D.

Margreet Oorschot, MSc
Hiske Hees, MA
Anita Madan, MA
Joyce Yuan, MA