I was born in Taipei, Taiwan and spent the first three years of my life there before coming to America with my family to California to pursue better opportunities.
I started college at Mt. San Antonio College, a community college located in Walnut, California. Thanks to the support of numerous mentors and after earning associate degrees in psychology and political science, I transferred to the University of California, Berkeley and earned a bachelors degree in psychology with high distinction.
Upon arriving in Berkeley, I began a research position in Drs. Ozlem Ayduk and Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton's Relationships and Social Cognition Lab that would last the rest of my undergraduate studies and turn into a postgraduate lab manager position. During my time as an undergraduate, I also worked closely with Dr. Joseph Campos in the Infant Studies Center, was an undergraduate research assistant in Dr. Dacher Keltner's Social Interaction Lab, and spent a summer in New Haven as a research intern at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence under Dr. Marc Brackett.
Since the summer of 2018, I have been a PhD student in the Social and Personality area in Cornell University's Psychology graduate program under the guidance of Dr. Vivian Zayas. I am currently examining the psychological and behavioral consequences of social inclusion and exclusion. Additionally, in collaboration with Dr. Yuichi Shoda at the University of Washington, my advisor and I are currently (1) exploring the normative and idiosyncratic nature of a person’s “behavioral signatures,” and (2) how perceptions of research findings change depending on whether they are presented with vs. without a mechanism.