Research Assistants



Savannah Schaffer
Lab Manager


Hi friends! My name is Savannah and I’m a recent graduate with a double major in Psychology and Gender and Sexuality Studies. My main interests in the field fall under emotion and relationships, in every shape and form. I plan to enter the work force to gain greater understanding of those I eventually plan to work with as a licensed therapist, after gaining a higher degree. I’m currently working as a drumline coach at Great Oak High School and a bobarista at Sunright Tea Studio! When I’m not working or studying, I’m getting lost in one of my many worlds by gaming, writing, reading, traveling, photographing, watching films… I have too many interests…






Ella Fukazawa
Lead Research Assistant and Data Coder


My name is Ella and I am a 4th year undergraduate at UCR majoring in Neuroscience. I hope to further apply and pursue my passion for psychology in the lab, and implement what I learn into my future goals and experiences. In my free time, I enjoy baking, boba runs, crocheting and listening to music.





Cesar Perez
Lead Research Assistant and Data Coder


Hello, my name is Cesar Perez and I am a fourth-year transfer student at UCR who is on track to receive a bachelor’s degree in psychology. I am working toward my goal of being accepted into a Ph.D. program with a focus on researching how cultural factors influence emotional regulation along with social cognition. My ultimate goal is to become a researcher at an R1 institution and pursue research in these subjects to better understand how these topics influence social outcomes. And in my free time, I enjoy playing jazz on my saxophone, listening to music, and taking my dog Oreo on walks.




Karime Ramos Naranjo
Lead Research Assistant and Data Coder


My name is Karime Ramos Naranjo. I am a fourth-year Psychology and Education major with a concentration in Learning & Behavioral Studies! I plan to pursue a career in Social Work or Counseling and focus working with the youth. In my free time I enjoy going to the gym and reading books!



  Alondra Ruvalcaba
Lead Research Assistant and Data Coder


Hi my name is Alondra and I am a fourth year undergraduate student. I am extremely interested in the way our thoughts and our feelings can influence our behavior. I also love finding ways to apply psychological principles to my own life and continuing to learn about human psychology. After graduation I plan on pursuing a career as a Physician Assistant! In my free time I enjoy attending concerts, exploring new restaurants and coffee shops, dancing, working out, and exploring new cities!








Lorelei Bojanovich
Research Assistant and Data Coder

 Hi, my name is Lorelei Bojanovich! I am a fourth-year Psychology major interested in learning more about emotion regulation in children and adolescents. Once I graduate, I plan to go to graduate school and get a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy. Other than Psychology, I love going on road trips with my dog, family, and friends, trying out new food, and dancing! I am so excited to be part of the ER Lab this year, and I can’t wait to see everything I learn!





Maria Plascencia Mercado
Research Assistant

My name is Maria, I am a fourth year undergraduate research assistant in the Emotion Regulation Lab led by Dr. Davis. My current research interest is studying the relation between Immigrants’ life experiences on
emotional functioning. Some of my favorite hobbies include cycling, running, and spending time with my cat!














Tabitha Constantino
Research Assistant

My name is Tabitha and I am a second year Psychology major. I am very interested in developmental and clinical psychology. I plan on furthering my education by earning a master’s after I graduate! Some of my hobbies include crocheting and roller skating.







Andrew Lopez

Data Processor and Coder

Hi I’m Andrew, and I recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. I plan on attending a PhD. program with the intention of working on research related to the Latino community and how cultural contexts and stigmas affect emotion regulation. My long-term goal is to become a researcher at a top psychology university and transition into the teaching field. When I am not at the lab, I enjoy going to the gym, film photography, and thrift shopping in different cities.






Jayine Lee
Data Processor and Coder


I’m Jayine and I’m a graduate! My research interests are emotion regulation, socioemotional development, and cultural studies especially related to Vietnamese Americans. Outside of the lab, I love makeup, fashion, listening to music, shopping, and playing video games with friends!




Gerardo Michel
Data Processor


Hi! My name is Gerardo Michel, and I’m a recently graduated psychology major and philosophy minor. In the future, I plan to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology so that I can do therapy, conduct research, and eventually teach! Currently, my research interests involve investigating the extent to which there is an interplay between emotion regulation, psychopathology, and a concept known as emotion differentiation. I’m interested in exploring whether emotion differentiation can improve emotion regulation and thus reduce symptoms of psychopathology in children and adolescents. When I’m not doing busy work, I’m probably playing indie video games, watching shows about cold cases, or spending time with my cat.

Emilyn Malatag
Data Coder


Hello! My name is Emilyn Malatag and I recently graduated from UC Riverside with a bachelor’s in Psychology. I am currently working as research assistant in Dr. Davis’ Emotion Regulation Lab and as a Behavior Therapist while pursuing to apply for doctorate programs in Clinical Psychology. My research focus is centered on working with children to better understand their world and their development. I am interested in studying trauma, aggression, psychopathology, parenting, relationships, emotions and well-being. Besides academia, I enjoy playing tennis, reading books, watching films, traveling, and spending time with my family and loved ones.


Magaly Sanchez
Data Coder

I’m Magaly, a graduated psychology major. I am a student research assistant in Dr. Davis’ Emotion Regulation Lab. I like to read up on research studies with youth and learn about how cultural contexts and family life influence their developmental trajectories. Outside of the lab, I work with infants and toddlers with disabilities and teach them many skills including Cognitive and Socio-Emotional skills. Lastly, for fun, I like to hang out with my cat and watch Grey’s Anatomy on repeat.