Hello, my name is Randy.

I am a PhD student in the Social and Personality area in the Department of Psychology and Cognitive Science program at Cornell University working primarly with Dr. Vivian Zayas

My research seeks to understand what enables, impedes, and enhances our ability to adaptively function in social interactions. Specifically, I'm interested in three distinct, but interrelated topics: 1) emotion and emotion theory (e.g., equifinality and equipotentiality of emotion); 2) the automatic and deliberate ways we intrapsychically and interpersonally regulate emotion (e.g., attachment behaviors); and 3) the precursors and outcomes of social belonging and exclusion at the interpersonal, communal, and institutional levels. 


Previously, I attended UC Berkeley and earned my BA in psychology with high distinction and was awarded the Warner Brown Memorial Prize for Outstanding Promise in Psychological Research. After graduating, I was the lab manager for the joint Ozlem Ayduk and Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton Lab at UC Berkeley from 2016 to 2018.

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