Curriculum Vitae

Last update: 2017-05-15

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Joey Ka-Yee (Lau) Essoe

BOX 951563, 8547 Franz Hall, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1563

Education

  • Ph.D. (Expected 2018), Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
  • Phil. (2016), Psychology, UCLA.
    • Major: Cognitive Neuroscience; minor: Quantitative Psychology.
    • Dissertation committee: Jesse Rissman, Ph.D. (Chair), Elizabeth L. Bjork, Ph.D., Kimberley Gomez, Ph.D., Robert A. Bjork, Ph.D.
  • A. (2014), Psychology, UCLA.
    • Major: Behavioural Neuroscience; minor: Quantitative Psychology.
    • Advisors: Jesse Rissman, Ph.D (primary), and Alan Castel, Ph.D. (secondary).
  • A. (2006, Cum Laude), Psychology (Emp. Psychophysiology), San Francisco State University (SFSU), CA.
    • Advisor: Mark Geisler, Ph.D.

Interests

My research interest is in improving human learning in clinical and educational settings across lifespan. To this end, my current focus is on the novel implementation of research-based memory techniques using technologies such as virtual reality (VR) and function neuroimaging through interdisciplinary collaborations.

Besides my research, I enjoy theology, whiskey, good company, and good food. I am fluent in English and Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), speak enough Japanese to ask for food (often resulting in pleasant surprises), and dabble a tiny bit in biblical Greek and Hebrew.

Fellowships and Awards

2014-2017 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship $144,500
2017 Doctoral Student Travel Grant, UCLA $1,000
2016 Mustard Seed Foundation, Harvey Fellows Finalist
2013-2016 DARPA Young Faculty Award, PI: Dr. Jesse Rissman $500,000
2013-2014 UCLA Graduate Research Mentorship (GSM) Award $33,202
2013 National Academy Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Alternate List Honorable Mention
2013 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention
2013, 2014 (2) UCLA Graduate Summer Research Mentorship (GSRM) Award $13,000
2012-2013 UCLA Distinguished University Fellowship $35,618
1997 Distinction in Human Biology, the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE). $500 HKD

Honours and Memberships

  • Psychology in Action, UCLA (Advisor, 2016-Pres.; President, 2014-2016; Web Division Leader, 2013-2014).
  • Student Member, Association for Psychological Science (2012-Present).
  • Student Member, Cognitive Neuroscience Society (2003-Present).
  • Student Member, Extreme Science & Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE, 2013-2014).
  • Student Member, Association for Chemoreception Sciences (2006).
  • SFSU Psychology Department Honors Thesis Program (2004-2006).
  • Golden Key International Honor Society (2004 – 2006).
  • Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology (2004 – 2006).
  • (8) SFSU College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Dean’s List (2001-2005).

Publications and Presentations (*Student Mentees)

Publications

  1. Essoe, J. K-Y., Reggente, N., *Ohno, A., *Baek, H., & Rissman, J. (in prep). Making VR learning “stick”: contextually supported transfer and long-term retention.
  2. Essoe, J. K-Y., *Ohno, A., & McGuire, J. F. (in prep). Therapeutic Applications of Virtual Reality in Paediatric Psychiatry: A Systematic Review.
  3. McGuire, J. F., Orr, S. P., Essoe, J. K.-Y., McCracken, J. T., Storch, E. A., Piacentini, J. (in prep). A Meta-Analysis of Extinction Learning in Children with Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and Trauma Exposure.
  4. Essoe, J. K-Y. and Rissman, J. (submitted). Functional Neuroimaging Methods in Memory Research. In H. Otani & B. Schwartz (Eds.), Handbook of Research Methods in Human Memory. New York, NY: Routledge.
  5. McGuire, J. F., Orr, S. P., Essoe, J. K.-Y., McCracken, J. T., Storch, E. A., Piacentini, J. (2016). Extinction Learning in Childhood Anxiety Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Implications for Treatment. Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics, 16(10), 1155-1174.

Theses

  1. Essoe, J. K.-Y. (2016). The Effects of Distinctive Contexts on the Transfer and Long-Term Retention of Memory Formed in Virtual Environments (Unpublished Dissertation Proposal). Cognitive Neuroscience Area, Department of Psychology, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA.
  2. Essoe, J. K.-Y. (2013). Can Implementing Classic Learning and Memory Techniques Improve Transfer and Long-Term Retention in a Virtual Reality Learning Program? A Contextual Variation Study. (Unpublished master thesis). Behavioural Neuroscience Area, Department of Psychology, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA.
  3. Lau, J. K.-Y. (2004). Effects of Sleep Quality on Long-term Memory: An EEG Study. (Unpublished undergraduate honours thesis). Department of Psychology, SFSU, San Francisco, CA.

Invited Talks (2)

  1. Essoe, J. K.-Y., Reggente, N., *Baek, H. Y., *Ohno, A. A., *Mehta, P., *Vuong, A., & Rissman, J. (2017, April). Making VR learning “stick”: contextually supported transfer and long-term retention. In K. Bullock & B. Kateb (Chairs), Virtual reality clinical neuroscience. Symposium conducted at the Society for Brain Mapping & Therapeutics (SBMT) Annual World Congress, Los Angeles, CA.
  2. Essoe, J. K-Y. (2016, April). DIY VR: Build your own virtual reality in 10 minutes using OpenSimulator. The Future of Virtual & Augmented Reality: Mind, Medicine, & Media. Cognitive Science Student Association annual conference, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA.

Invited Panels (6)

  • On the application of the National Science Foundation’s GRFP (2014, 2015).
  • On communication scientific research to the general public on the web (2014, 2015).
  • On the application of The National Academies’ Ford Fellowship (2013).
  • On community service opportunities as graduate students in UCLA (2013).

Talks and Presentations (11)

  1. Essoe, J. K-Y., Reggente, N., *Ohno, A., *Baek, H. Y.-J., & Rissman, J. (2107, May). Distinctive virtual reality contexts bolster long-term retention of interference-prone materials. Abstract accepted for oral presentation at the Context and Episodic Memory Symposium, Philadelphia, PA.
  2. Essoe, J. K-Y. (2106, November). The Effects of Distinctive Contexts on the Transfer and Long-Term Retention of Memory Formed in Virtual Environments. Oral Qualifying Examination. Committee Members: Drs. Jesse Rissman (Chair), Elizabeth Bjork, Robert A. Bjork, and Kimberley Gomez.
  3. Essoe, J. K-Y. (2014, October). Can immersive virtual environments be used to exploit context-dependent learning mechanisms and reduce memory interference? Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience Areas, Psychology Department, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA.
  1. Essoe, J. K-Y. & Blaisdell, A. (2014, January). Discussion on Nithianantharajah, Jess, et al. “Synaptic scaffold evolution generated components of vertebrate cognitive complexity.” Nature neuroscience1 (2013): 16-24. Motivation and Psychopathology Journal Club. Behavioural Neuroscience Area, Psychology Department, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA.
  2. Essoe, J. K-Y. (2013, December). Can contextual variation promote transfer and long-term retention in virtual reality learning? Cognitive Forum. Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience Areas, Psychology Department, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA.
  3. Essoe, J. K-Y. (2013, October). Avatar learning in virtual environments: Classical learning techniques for virtual 21st-century education. Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience Areas, Psychology Department, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA.
  4. Essoe, J. K-Y. (2013, October). On hippocampal place cell phase-precession, speed: Implications on human place-space coding. Physiology of Learning Seminar, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA.
  5. Essoe, J. K.-Y. (2013, Feburary). On the relevance of the irrelevant. Age-related changes in the ability to ignore irrelevant information: integrating the inhibitory deficit hypothesis of ageing, value-directed remembering, and directed forgetting. Cognitive Psychology and Behavioural Neuroscience Areas, Psychology Department, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA.
  6. Lau, J. -Y., Thomas, A. M., Geisler, M. W. (2004, May). Effects of sleep quality on long-term memory: an EEG study. Oral presentation at Stanford Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Stanford, CA.
  7. Lau, J. K.-Y., Thomas, A. M., Geisler, M. W. (2004, May). Effects of sleep quality on long-term memory: an EEG study. Oral presentation at Psi Chi San Francisco State University Chapter’s First Annual Student Psychology Conference, San Francisco, CA.
  8. Thomas, A. M., Lau, J. K.-Y., Geisler, M. W. (2004, May). Effects of Headaches on long-term memory. Oral presentation at Psi Chi San Francisco State University Chapter’s First Annual Student Psychology Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Conference Abstracts for Poster Presentations (22)

  1. *Ohno, A., *Vuong, A., *Baek, Y., Essoe, J., Reggente, R., & Rissman, J. (2017). Enhancing memory with the Method of Loci using virtual memory palaces. Oral presentation at UCSD Psi Chi Undergraduate Research Conference, San Diego, CA, and poster presented at UCLA Undergraduate Research Week, Los Angeles, CA.
  2. Essoe, J. K.-Y., Reggente, N., *Baek, Y. H., *Ohno, A. A., *Mehta, P., *Vuong, A., & Rissman, J. (2017). Long-term retention of vocabulary in two phonetically similar foreign languages is aided when learning occurs in highly distinctive virtual reality environments. Poster presentated at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society annual meeting, San Francisco, CA.
  3. *Ohno, A. A., *Baek, H. Y., *Mehta, P. S., *Yu Villa, J., *Hughes, G. M., *Ekanayake, R., *Sanchez-Prak, A., *Vuong, A., Shiboski, H., Reggente, R., Essoe, J. K.-Y., Rissman, J. (2016). Does Presence/Immersion Confer an Advantage in Learning in Virtual Reality? Poster presented at Stanford Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Stanford, CA, and at the UCLA Undergraduate Research Week, Los Angeles, CA.
  4. Reggente, N., Essoe, J., Mehta, P.*, Ohno, A.*, Rissman, J. (2016) The Method of Loci revisited: Memory enhancement by way of virtually augmented memory palaces. Poster presented at the International Conference on Memory, Budapest, Hungary.
  5. Essoe, J. K.-Y., Reggente, N., *Ohno, A. A., *Mehta, P. S., *Baek, Y. J., *Yu Villa, J., *Hughes, G. M., *Frostig, D., Song, X., Rissman, J. (2016). Distinctive virtual reality environments provide contextual support to mitigate interference during the learning of two highly similar languages. Poster presented at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society annual meeting, New York, NY.
  6. Reggente, N., Essoe, J. K.-Y., & Rissman, J. (2016). Mapping neural representations of heading direction and environmental context during imagined navigation of learned virtual environments. Poster presented at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society annual meeting, New York.
  7. Reggente, N., Essoe, J. K.-Y., Jevtic, I., & Rissman, J. (2015). Decoding the contents of perceived and imagined navigation through virtual reality environments. Poster presented at the Organization for Human Brain Mapping annual conference, Honolulu, HW.
  8. *Frostig, F., Essoe, J. K.-Y., & Rissman, J. (2015). Learning foreign vocabulary in virtual reality: Does multilingualism confer an advantage? Poster presented at the Stanford Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Stanford, CA.
  9. *Ohno, *A., Niño, C., *Hunter, K., *Mehta, P., *Baek, H.Y., Essoe, J., Jevtić, I., Reggente, N., & Rissman, J. (2015). The Method of Loci revisited: Memory enhancement by way of virtually augmented memory palaces. Poster to be presented at UCLA’s Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference.
  10. *Lin, D., Essoe, J. K.-Y., Tran, J., *Zhou, J., *Mutter, J., *Frostig, D., *Yang, J., Reggente, N., & Rissman, J. (2014). The effects of sleep quality on virtual reality learning and overnight forgetting. Poster presented at three conferences: UCLA 23rd Annual Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference, UCLA Powell Undergraduate Research Week, and UCLA Science Poster Day, Los Angeles, CA.
  11. Essoe, J. K.-Y., *Rolle, C., *Samaha, J., *Bowen, K., Anguera, J.A., & Gazzaley, A. (2013). Age-related differences in multitasking under working memory load. Poster presented at Cognitive Neuroscience Society annual meeting, San Francisco, CA.
  12. Essoe, J. K.-Y., Ramage, E. M., & Geisler, M. W. (2008). The effects of sleep quality on visual event-related potentials in response to increasing emotional intensity of angry facial stimuli in healthy adults. Poster presented at Cognitive Neuroscience Society annual meeting, San Francisco, CA.
  13. Ramage, E. M., Essoe, J. K.-Y., & Geisler, M. W. (2008). Event-related potentials in response to emotional facial stimuli at threshold perception. Poster presented at Cognitive Neuroscience Society annual meeting, San Francisco, CA.
  14. Ramage, E. M., Essoe, J. K.-Y., & Geisler, M. W. (2007). Event-related potentials in response to increasing emotional intensity of angry facial stimuli. Poster presented at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting, San Diego, CA.
  15. Ramage, E. M., Essoe, J. K.-Y., *Parks, A., *Lloyd, K., *Hunt, K., & Geisler, M. W. (2006). Olfactory event-related potentials to near threshold stimuli in healthy adults. Poster presented at the Association for Chemoreception Sciences annual meeting, Sarasota, FL.
  16. Essoe, J. K.-Y., Ramage, E. M., *Parks, A., *Lloyd, K., *Hunt, K., & Geisler, M. W. (2006). The effects of sleep quality on olfactory event-related potentials in healthy adults. Poster presented at the Association for Chemoreception Sciences annual meeting, Sarasota, FL.
  17. Ramage, E. M., Essoe, J. K.-Y., *Parks, A., *Firoozabadi, R., *Lloyd, K., *Hunt, K., & Geisler, M. W. (2005). Physiological processing of olfactory sensitivity. Poster presented at the Graduate Student Conference, San Francisco State University, CA.
  18. Brubaker, A.S., Lau, J. K.-Y., *San Miguel, M., Geisler, M.W. (2004). Frontal midline theta activity as a quantitative indicator of anxiety relief associated with Animal-Assisted Therapy. Poster presented at the International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organizations triennial conference, Glasgow, Scotland.
  19. Brubaker, A.S., Lau, J. K.-Y., Geisler., M. W. (2004). Frontal midline theta activity as an index of the efficacy of Animal-Assisted Therapy in cases of math anxiety. Poster presented at the International Organization of Psychophysiology 12th World Congress, Porto Carras, Greece.
  20. Thomas, A. M., Lau, J. K.-Y., Geisler, M.W. (2004). Effects of tension headaches on long-term memory. Poster presented at Stanford Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Stanford, CA.
  21. Brubaker, A.S., Lau, J. K.-Y., Thomas, A. M., Geisler, M. W. (2004). Electroencephalographic measures of anxiety and depression: the effects of positive human-animal interaction during a cognitive stressor task. Poster presented at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society annual meeting, San Francisco, CA.
  22. Brubaker, A.S., Lau, J. K.-Y., *Schaeffer, J., Geisler, M. W. (2003). Psychophysiological effects of positive human-animal interaction. Poster presented at the International Society for Anthrozoology annual meeting, Canton, OH.

Research Experience

2012 – Present. UCLA

Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior (2016- Present)

Role: Graduate Student Researcher
Advisor: Joseph McGuire, Ph.D.
Project: Virtual reality (VR) fear acquisition, extinction, recall, and generalization in children with and without anxiety disorders.
Duties: Experimental design, develop and maintain: virtual reality (VR) server, database, and contents in OpenSim; interfacing between VR, behavioural, and psychophysiological data.

Rissman Memory Laboratory, Psychology Dept. (2012- Present)

Role: Graduate Student Researcher
Advisor: Jesse Rissman, Ph.D.
Project: ALIVE: Avatars Learning In Virtual Environment. Giving Classical Learning and Memory Theories a Virtual Make-Over.
Duties: Experimental design; developed and maintain VR server, database, and contents in OpenSim interfacing between OpenSim and behavioural data; IRB; managed, trained and mentored research assistants; fMRI data collection; behavioural and fMRI data analyses.

2010 – 2012. UCSF

Gazzaley Laboratory, Depts. Neurology, Physiology, and Psychiatry, UCSF
2011-2012

Role: Research Associate
Advisors Adam Gazzaley, M.D., Ph.D., Joaquin Anguera, Ph.D.
Project: The effects of working memory maintenance on perceptual conflict resolution—in dual- and tri-task conditions.” Tasks: working memory maintenance and recall, colour-shape target identification, and a driving videogame (NeuroRacer).
Duties: Research design, videogame coding (C++), train and supervise research assistants in recruitment and data collection, data analysis, presentations, and publication preparation.

2011-2012

Role: Lab Manager
Advisor: Adam Gazzaley, M.D., Ph.D.
Duties: (1)   Digitised, managed, and maintained the lab’s participant pool—a database containing neuropsychological tests (NP) data of over 400 participants (60-90y). I coordinated NP testing and biennial re-testing all participants systematically, determine medical and neuropsychological eligibility. This ensured that sound scientific conclusions (on the non-diseased state of cognitive ageing) can be drawn data collected from these participants.

(2)   Other duties include training and supervising research assistants, research coordination, petty cash, website, facility relocation coordination, and CHR and IRB protocols compliance enforcement, modifications, and renewal.

2010-2011

Role: Research Assistant
Advisor: Michael Rubens, B.S.
Project: Simultaneous EEG and fMRI recordings reveal spatial and temporal mechanisms underlying response slowing and cognitive decline with ageing.
Duties: Participant recruitment, literature review, neuropsychological assessments, simultaneous EEG/fMRI data collection, artefact correction of the EEG data.

2001 – 2010. SFSU

Cognitive Psychophysiology Laboratory, Psychology Dept.
2002-2010

Role: Undergraduate Researcher
Advisors: Mark Geisler, Ph.D.
Project: Multiple projects including sleep quality and verbal recall tasks, olfactory and visual ERPs and near threshold stimuli, animal-human interaction and stress.
Duties: Research design, theses and manuscripts preparation, recruitment, ERPs data collection and analysis, training and supervising research assistants, literature review, presentations, website, animal handling, and technical problem-solving.

*After Summer of 2005, assisted off-campus in data analyses and manuscript preparation.

2003-2004

Role: Honours Thesis Researcher
Advisor: Mark Geisler, Ph.D.
Project: The effects of sleep quality on verbal delayed learning task.
Duties: Research design, data collection and analysis, research and thesis presentations.

Acculturation Laboratory, Psychology Dept. (2001)

Role: Undergraduate Researcher
Advisor: Linda Juang, Ph.D.
Project: “Chopsticks & Forks”
Duties: Data entry, Chinese-English translation, literature review, and participant recruitment.

Psychology Department, San Francisco State University (2001)

  • Research Interns under the supervision of Larry Kroeker, Ph.D.
  • Research Interns under the supervision of Jeff LeRoux, Ph.D.

Teaching /Mentorship Experience

Teaching Experience

2015 – Present. Psychology Dept., UCLA

2017 Teaching Assistant, Psych 10, Introduction to Psychology (lower division, 282 students)
§  Conduct review sessions before examinations, graded exams, held office hours.
2016 Teaching Assistant, Psych 100B, Research Methods (upper division, a 20-students section)
§  Conduct 2 lab sessions a week, graded exams, held office hours.
2015 Teaching Assistant, Psych 100A, Psychological Statistics (upper division, 428 students)
§  Conduct review sessions before examinations, graded exams, held office hours.

2011 – 2012. Gazzaley Laboratory, Depts. Neurology, Physiology, and Psychiatry, UCSF

2011 – 2012 Research Supervisor, Project Thalamus
§  Group and one-on-one training sessions on NP tests administration and scoring, electronic database navigation, maintenance, and utilisation.
§  Data collection supervision, data quality control, and letters of recommendation.

2003 – 2005. Psychology Dept., SFSU

2005 Assistant Director, Summer Internship Programme
§  Curriculum design, data quality control, grading, and letters of recommendation.
§  Theoretical lectures and technical training for undergraduates assisting on 3 projects.
2004 – 2005 Teaching Assistant, PSYC 492 “Perception”
§  Developed and led review sessions, prepared and conducted guest lectures, grading.


2003 – 2005. Psychology Dept., SFSU

2003 Teaching Assistant, PSYC 451 “Theories of personality”
§  Grading of examinations and assignments.
2002 Tutor, PSYC 371 “Introductory Psychological Statistics”
§  Volunteered sessions for a student with anxiety disorder and learning disabilities.

2004. Psychology Dept., City College of San Francisco

2004 Teaching Assistant, PSYC 1 “General Psychology”, PSYC 2 “Biological Psychology”
§  Led review and discussion sessions, guest lectures, grading.
§  Lectures and training for study groups on learning and testing techniques.

Mentorship Experiences

Former Mentees in Academia

UCSF Mentees, Current Positions

1.     Jason Samaha Ph.D. student in Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (advisor: Bradley Postle).
2.     Cammie Rolle Later, research associate at Gazzaley Lab, UCSF. Currently, Ph.D. student in Psychiatry, at Stanford University School of Medicine (advisor: Amit Etkin).
3.     Kayla Bowen Later, M.A. in developmental psychology at SFSU. Currently, research associate at the Health Equity Institute, SFSU.

UCLA Mentees, Current Positions

4.     Joseph Tran Later, research assistant at the Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Centre at UCLA (advisor: Mirella Dapretto).
5.     Xin Song Ph.D. student in Psychology, at the University of Minnesota (area: Cognitive and Brain Sciences).
6.     Priyanka Mehta Ph.D. student at Brain and Cognitive science at the University of Rochester (advisor: Ben Hayden).
7.     Jacob Yu Villa Master student in Symbolic System at Stanford University.
8.     Ru Ekanayake Later, graduated high school with highest honours. Currently, undergraduate student at Cornell University.

Former Mentees in Medicine and Industry

UCSF Mentees, Current Positions

1.     Dana Frostig Research associate at Posit Science Co., San Francisco.
2.     Jenny Zhou Pharm.D. student at UCSF School of Pharmacy.
3.     Daniel Lin Product manager at Yahoo! Previously, product designer at Jawbone.
4.     James Mutter Lead quality assurance engineer at Flipagram for Android.

Current Mentees

  1. Ai A. Ohno, B.S. in Psychobiology (expected 2017), UCLA.
    – (2) UCLA Library Research Poster Grant (2016, 2017)
    – Outstanding Poster Award at UCLA Undergraduate Research Week (2016)
    – UCLA Undergraduate Research Fellowship (URFP, 2016)
    – American Association of Japanese University Women Scholarship (2015)
    – Kiichi Egashira Memorial Scholarship (2015)
  2. Hera Y. Baek, B.A. in Psychology (2016). Currently, lab manager at Rissman Memory Lab, UCLA.
  3. Alvin Voung, B.S. in Computer Science, Minor in Cognitive Science (expected 2018), UCLA.
  4. Alana Sanchez-Prak, B.S. in Cognitive Science (expected 2018), UCLA.

References

Research References

  1. Jesse Rissman, Ph.D. [web]
    Current PI / Graduate Advisor
    Director, Rissman Memory Lab. [web]
    Assistant Professor, Psychology, and Psychiatry & Biobehavioural Sciences Depts., UCLA
  2. Adam Gazzaley, M.D., Ph.D. [web]
    Former PI / Advisor
    Director, Gazzaley Lab. [web]
    Professor, Neurology, Physiology, & Psychiatry Depts., UCSF

Research & Teaching References

  1. Mark Geisler, Ph.D. [web]
    Former PI / Mentor, Honours Thesis Advisor
    Director, Cognitive Psychophysiology Lab. [web]
    Professor, Psychology Dept., SFSU
  2. Erin M. Ramage, M.A., Ph.D. Candidate [web]
    Former Mentor / Colleague
    Lecturer, Psychology Dept., UNLV

Mentorship References

  1. Jason Samaha [web]
    Former Student/Research Assistant
    Doctoral Student, Postle Cognitive Neuroscience Lab.
    Departments of Psychology & Psychiatry,
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
  2. Cammie Rolle [web]
    Former Student/Research Assistant
    Doctoral Student, Etkin Lab.
    Department of Psychiatry,
    Stanford University
  3. Dana Frostig [web]
    Former Student/Research Assistant
    Research Associate, BrainHQ, Posit Science
    San Francisco, CA

Supplemental: Selected Volunteer Community Service

University Bible Church, Westwood, Los Angeles, California (2012-Present) [Web]

2015 – Pres. Musician (Vocal, Electric Guitar).
2013 – Pres. Counsellor and Teacher.
§ Develop original Bible studies for small groups, including Christianity 101, the Book of Hebrews, Ephesians 4, 1 Peter, and topical studies.
§ Mentorship for UCLA undergraduate women in navigating academia as Christians.
2013 – 2017 Sound and Visual Arts Technician.

Psychology in Action, UCLA, Los Angeles, California (2012-Present) [Web]

A non-profit UCLA graduate student group that communicates psychology research to the general public.

2016 – Pres. Advisory Board Member.
2014 – 2016 President.

§ Coordinate web log (blog), community outreach, and annual symposium.

§ During my presidency, blog readership grew from 9,700 to 25, 700 monthly views.

2013 – 2014 Division Leader, Web Publication Division, Psychology in Action
§ Coordinate authors and blog posts, moderate reader comments and correspondence.
§ Improved and maintained web presence. Website design and maintenance.
2012 – Pres. Blog Author.

Other Organisations

2013 – Pres. Author. JEssoe.com. A web log with original contents about my research, original Bible study contents, theology, and the integration of Christianity into the life of a scientist.
2010 – 2012 Committee Member. YoungLives, Concord, CA (A non-profit serving teenage mothers).
§ Provide safe friendship/mentorship and practical assistance to parenting teen girls from the underserved social-economic sectors, many are victims of sexual or physical abuse.
§ Offer academic advices, encouraging them to pursue university education and break the cycle of poverty despite adversities.
2007 – 2012 Teacher. Edgewater Covenant Church, Pittsburg, CA.
§ Design and teach theologically precise and age-appropriate classes for children (8-12y).
2002 – 2012 Canine Behaviour Consultant. Atlantis Dog Training, SF Bay Area, CA.
§ Dog training education (simultaneous shaping and positive reinforcement).
§ Paid service was discontinued in 2003, but continued in volunteer consultation for local foster families, new adopters, rescue groups, and those in financial needs.
2009 Columnist, Pen-name 子遙, Chinese Christian Herald Monthly (a non-profit newspaper).
§ Four-part series (published in Chinese) aimed to help Chinese immigrants cope with cultural changes: personal experience in communication with American-born or -raised children, interracial marriages, acculturation adjustments, and learning resources.
2009 Internship. Oakland Zoo, Oakland, CA.
§ Assisted in the care and training of the animals, including giraffes and spotted hyenas, common eland, Dama gazelle, Egyptian geese, griffon vultures, and warthogs.
2001 – 2002 Canine Behaviour Consultant, Assessment and Placement Division. Asians for Humans, Animals, and Nature, San Francisco, CA (an animal rescue group)
§ Assessment newly arrived animals and potential adoptive homes.
§ Dog training education for volunteers, foster homes, and adopters.
§ Website maintenance and animal transportation.