Lab Members

Lab Director

Dr. Alex Huynh is an Assistant Professor of Social and Personality Psychology at California State University, San Marcos. He obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Huynh grew up in Southern California and attended the University of California, San Diego, for his B.S. and B.A. in Psychology and Cognitive Science, respectively.

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Graduate Students

Kanani Soares

Kanani “Nani” Soares is an Orange County local who fell in love with CSUSM a few years ago. After completing her B.A. in Psychological Science, she has returned to pursue her M.A. Outside of school responsibilities, you will find her exploring and enjoying nature. She is thrilled for the next chapter of her education.



Lab Manager

Devanshi Upadhyaya

Devanshi Upadhyaya is an international student from India and recently graduated from Cal State San Marcos University. In addition to being a part of the CDR Lab, she is currently working as a Research Coordinator at the SleepScore Labs located in Carlsbad. For the coming year, she aims to apply for a Ph.D. program in Social and Personality Psychology. During her free time, she enjoys dancing, listening to music, and taking long walks.



Research Assistants - Fall 2022

  • Julianna Alvarez-Dennard

  • Kendon Fuller

  • Vanessa Gonzalez

  • Alyssa Nieves (TRIO McNair Scholar)

Lab Alumni

  • Kasandra C. Barajas (TRIO McNair Scholar) - San Jose State Research and Experimental Psychology

  • Rosalva R. Gonzalez - San Diego State University M.A.

  • Eunice Diaz - Applying to Graduate Schools in the Future