Current Fellows

The Greater Good Science Center offers annual fellowships to UC Berkeley undergraduate and graduate students whose research relates to the Center’s mission. Our fellowship program seeks scholars from across a broad spectrum of academic disciplines, with a particular focus on the social-behavioral sciences.

Learn more below about the exceptional young scholars who comprise our current and past crops of fellows.

Current Graduate Fellows

  • Allison Diamond

    Allison Diamond

    Allison Diamond Altman is a fifth-year doctoral student in UC Berkeley’s Psychology Department. She received her B.A. in Neuroscience from Wesleyan University in 2011. Her research examines individualized approaches to the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders. She plans to continue using such personalized methodology as a GGSC graduate research fellow, where she will investigate how limiting social media use can relate to improvements in mental health and well-being. She hopes that this line of work will reveal certain mechanisms underlying this interaction, which will be essential for proposing interventions in a clinical framework and for informing what responsible phone usage is for both adolescents and adults.

  • Stephanie Haft

    Stephanie Haft

    Stephanie Haft is a second-year doctoral student in Clinical Science at UC Berkeley. She received her B.A. in Neuroscience from Claremont McKenna College. Stephanie is broadly interested in how contextual factors such as culture and socioeconomic status interact with children’s stress biology to influence developmental outcomes. As a GGSC research fellow, Stephanie will examine cultural differences in the degree of coherence between facial expressions and autonomic nervous system reactivity in children. Further, she will explore how this degree of coherence is associated with school readiness outcomes, including social and emotional intelligence and prosocial states and behaviors.

  • Colin Hoy

    Colin Hoy

    Colin Hoy is a Ph.D. candidate in the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at UC Berkeley. He graduated from Hendrix College with a B.A. in Neuroscience, and spent two years conducting neuroimaging research at the National Institute of Mental Health. As a GGSC fellow, Colin will use direct brain recordings in neurosurgical patients to study the neural mechanisms responsible for the rich space of human emotions identified in previous GGSC research (Cowen & Keltner, 2017). By characterizing when and where in the brain different emotions such as adoration and awe are represented, this research aims to provide insight into the nature of positive emotions and to improve techniques that promote them.

  • Juyeon Lee (Hornaday Fellow)

    Juyeon Lee (Hornaday Fellow)

    Juyeon Lee is a doctoral candidate in Social Welfare at UC Berkeley. She studies the effectiveness of school-based, universal social and emotional learning (SEL), exploring the mechanisms of SEL delivery, the contexts in which SEL works, and differential outcomes across diverse subgroups of students. She innovates and applies various advanced statistical modeling techniques to data that are reflective real-world challenges for the sake of finding better solutions to complex problems of practice. As a GGSC research fellow, Juyeon will investigate the measurement of, and relation between, social-emotional competence among teachers and students in the context of elementary school SEL initiatives.

  • Gauthami Penakalapati

    Gauthami Penakalapati

    Gauthami Penakalapati is a third-year graduate student in the Energy Resources Group at UC Berkeley. She received her B.S. in Biology from the Georgia Institute of Technology and her M.P.H. in Global Health from Emory University. Her research focuses on rethinking female adolescent empowerment metrics and how empowerment metrics can be incorporated into causal models. As a GGSC fellow, Gauthami will be focusing on how empowerment programs promote and foster confidence, resilience, friendship, and aspiration development among adolescent girls in low-resources settings in Uttar Pradesh, India. With this work, she aims to highlight how complexities and realities of empowerment metrics can be mistranslated between academic measures and lived experiences.

Current Undergraduate Fellows

  • Merusha Mukherjee (Goldberg Fellow)

    Merusha Mukherjee (Goldberg Fellow)

    Merusha Mukherjee is a second-year psychology major and a senior research assistant/project leader at Professor Dana Carney’s Micro Lab in the Haas School of Business. Her research inquiries into human lie detection accuracy. Interestingly, the project examines deception in the previously unexplored context of romantic attraction, i.e., how lying affects attraction levels. Her work aspires to understand how truth-telling, trust, and cooperation relate to adaptive social functioning. By understanding the etiology behind lie detection, efforts can be directed towards developing interventions for those most lied to. Merusha seeks to pursue a Ph.D. in Social and Personality Psychology with the ultimate goal of working in forensic psychology. She’s interested in consulting in criminal court, investigations, and interrogations.

Past Fellows