Adrienne Wood

Principal Investigator

Beginning Fall 2019, I will be an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Virginia. I earned my PhD in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, where I studied the perception, social functions, and cultural shapers of nonverbal signals with my advisor, Paula Niedenthal. I did my postdoctoral work on social networks and collective behavior in Thalia Wheatley’s Social Systems Lab at Dartmouth College. I am a proud Kansas Citian and lover of dogs, oil painting, piano, and skiing. I tweet.

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Jennie Lipson

Lab manager

Jennie Lipson is the full-time lab manager. She earned a B.A. in Psychology, Mathematics, and Computer Science from Indiana University - Bloomington, where she worked as a research assistant in BJ Rydell’s lab. She is interested in social cognition, embodiment theories, and other topics in psychology. She spent the last two years teaching math and bilingual (English/Spanish) literacy in Denver Public Schools and would like to pursue graduate study in social psychology. In her free time, Jennie likes to run, read widely, and spend time outdoors and with friends.

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Tori Lim

Research Assistant

Tori is a fourth-year undergraduate in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Virginia. She will graduate in 2020 with a B.A. in Psychology and an Economics minor, after which she plans to pursue a higher level of education in order to explore her diverse studies and interests. Her dream career hopes to combine her eclectic passions for social psychology, global markets, and technology. Aside from studying, Tori loves swimming, drawing, rock climbing, white water rafting, Jeopardy, and playing the occasional video game.


Stefan lizarzaburu

Research Assistant

Stefan is a third-year undergraduate in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia. He plans to graduate in 2021 with a B.A. in Psychology, after which he plans to apply to medical school. In the future, he hopes to be a clinical psychiatrist, perhaps opening his own practice. In his free time, Stefan enjoys listening to music, giving historical tours, reading, and playing soccer.


Erika Osherow

Research Assistant

Erika is a master’s student in Kinesiology-Exercise Physiology in the Curry School of Education and Human Development. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 2019 with a B.S. in Kinesiology and B.A. in Psychology. Her dream is to become a sports psychologist and attend a clinical psychology graduate program after this year. She has had previous research experience in the Emotion-Cognition lab. In her free time, you can find her training for the NYC Marathon, hiking, fishing, surfing, skiing, listening to music, and working out.


Lindsey Porter

Research assistant

Lindsey is a third-year undergraduate in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Virginia. She will graduate in 2020 with a B.A. in Biostatistics and Psychology, after which she tentatively plans to pursue a Master’s degree in either Statistics or Data Science. She dreams of one day returning to her home state and becoming a Data Analyst for the Boston Red Sox, but is excited to explore the direction that Psychology research with the Emotion and Behavior lab team could take her in. In her free time, Lindsey loves singing in her a cappella group, running, baking, laying on the Lawn, and watching UVA sports.


London Woodruff

Research Assistant

London Woodruff is a fourth year undergraduate in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Virginia. She will graduate in 2020 with a B.A. in Psychology. Her immediate plan after graduation is to attend graduate school where she plans to pursue a Ph.D in mental health and psychological sciences. She spent the summer of her sophomore year in Intipuca, El Salvador on a missionary trip helping underprivileged youth with school supplies and spent time in San Salvador with her family. She worked the summer of her junior year as a research assistant and intern for Eric Turkheimer on twin study research funded by the Templeton Foundation. In her free time, she loves playing with her puppy Mojito, watching movies, traveling and listening to music.