DiSH Lab at SPSP 2018!

by Alyssa

A couple weeks ago, the DiSH lab attended the Annual Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) Convention in Atlanta, GA. One of our wonderful research assistants, Nancy Gomez, presented a poster on her independent project that she’s been working hard on with Dr. T. Here’s what Nancy had to say: “Attending the SPSP conference […]

Congratulations, Isaac!

by Alyssa

Isaac Mirzadegan, a former DiSH RA, has accepted an offer to attend Florida State University for graduate school! Isaac was a dedicated RA in our lab for over 2 years, and he was promoted to a study coordinator position in his last year. After taking some time off to work as a lab manager at […]

UCLA Grad Slam 2018: Jenna is a semi-finalist!

by Alyssa

Grad Slam is a campus-wide competition that showcases the research of graduate students across several disciplines. In a short, clear, and engaging way students present on their research to those inside and outside the academic community. Here’s what Jenna had to say about her experience thus far: “As we know from psychology research, public speaking […]

“What thin people don’t understand about dieting” by Dr. T & Dr. Traci Mann

by Alyssa

It’s officially February – how are those New Year’s Resolutions coming? You might be interested in reading this piece by Dr. T and Dr. Traci Mann on what thin people don’t get about dieting – it’s been picked up by major news outlets like CNN, CBS, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Chicago Tribune!

Dr. T featured in a NBC article about work stress and health!

by Alyssa

Ample research has shown that stress is bad for our health. In a new NBC article, Dr. T discusses the evolutionary benefit of stress and its relation to modern-day work stressors. In regards to our health, she notes: “Research shows your brain lights up more in response to [high-fat and high-sugar] foods when you’re stressed. […]

Does dieting work better in pairs? Angela’s novel study discussed in SHAPE magazine!

by Alyssa

Angela Incollingo Rodriguez, one of our grad students, recently published a study that was featured in SHAPE magazine. Her team examined whether dieting might be easier and less stressful when using the diet “buddy system.” Interestingly, she found that it may be most helpful if one person is dieting and the other isn’t. Click here […]

DiSH Grad Student Jenna receives APA Dissertation Award!

by Alyssa

Congratulations to one of our graduate students, Jenna Cummings, for receiving a 2017 American Psychological Association Dissertation Research Award! This award provides funding for doctoral students who have excellent dissertations that will contribute to psychological research. We’re so proud of Jenna and are excited to see her results!

Weight does not equal health: Postdoc Jeff Hunger quoted in a SELF article

by Alyssa

Jeff Hunger, who is a postdoctoral scholar here at the DiSH Lab, recently spoke to SELF magazine about negative stereotypes about weight. The article focuses on an Instagram post by model Ashley Graham that received many weight stigmatizing comments. Specifically, some users were attributing health conditions (e.g., heart disease) to an individual’s weight. Addressing such […]

Sam’s PROPS Celebration!

by Erin

One of our wonderful DiSH Research Assistants, Sam Xiong, just completed UCLA’s Psychology Research Opportunities Program (PROPS)! PROPS helps prepare students to begin careers in research and involves weekly seminars covering graduate school, careers in academia, and research opportunities in various fields of psychology. As a part of the PROPS program, Sam got the chance to […]

Congratulations, Diana!

by Erin

One of our dedicated DiSH Lab Research Assistants, Diana Gonzalez, will be starting out at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health this fall! The Mailman School of Public Health is a world-renowned program, and we are so proud of Diana for pursuing a subject that she’s so passionate about! Here’s what Diana has to say: “I […]