Kenneth DeMarree

Ken earned his Bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Rochester and his M​.​A​.​ and Ph.D. in social psychology from Ohio State University, working with Richard Petty. After 5 years at Texas Tech University, he joined the psychology department at the University at Buffalo, where he is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology. His work examines metacognitive factors that operate across a wide array of human social behavior. This includes projects in the domains of attitudes and persuasion, self and self-regulation, judgment and decision making, and mental health. In his spare time, Ken enjoys yoga, hiking, biking, travel, cooking, and brewing beer. For his full cv, see here.

Miranda Bobrowski

Miranda is a 4th year Ph.D. student in the Social-Personality Psychology program at UB. She received her B.A. in psychology from Monmouth University, working with Dr. Gary Lewandowski. Her research interests are within the Self and Identity domain of psychology. Specifically, she is interested in self-concept clarity and the role it plays both intra- and interpersonally. In her spare time, Miranda enjoys dominating her fantasy football league and attending live music events.

Ruo Shan (Jennifer) Weng

Ruo Shan received her B.S. and M.S. in Psychology from National Taiwan University. She is a first year Ph.D student in the Social-Personality Psychology Program. Her research interests are the function of positive emotion, ego-defensiveness, and mindfulness. Specifically, she is interested in how to reduce defensiveness through self-transcendence.

Ji Xia

Ji is originally from China, and received his B.S. (in 2013) and M.S. (in 2016) degrees from the University of Iowa. ​ ​Ji's research primarily focuses on attitude change and persuasion. Specifically, he's interested in motivational factors that hold the potential to influence how people react to persuasive information as well as how they perceive their own thought reactions (metacognition) and subsequently, how those processes could affect the ways people form/change their attitudes .

Lauren Ministero

Lauren received her BA in psychology and journalism at The University at Buffalo before joining the social/personality psychology Ph.D. program. She is currently a fifth year Ph.D. student, and works in multiple research labs. In addition to her work with Dr. DeMarree, Lauren works with Dr. Poulin and Dr. Gabriel. Her research interests include compassion, mindfulness, and the self and self regulation. Specifically, she is interested in why people choose to act on the goal to help others versus pursuing other salient goals, as well as how mindfulness affects the self and self-regulatory processes. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys yoga, exercise, and plant-based cooking.

Lab Pictures

(L to R: Brian Lanza, Ruo Shan Weng, Tommy Saltsman, Ji Xia, Lauren Ministero, Miranda Bobrowski, Ken DeMarree)

Former Lab Members

Cory Clark, Ph.D. (2014-2016 postdoc), starting at Durham University in AU 2018

Cory Davenport, Ph.D. (2013), currently at U.S. Army Research Institute for Behavioral and Social Sciences

Jonathan Statzer, Ph.D. (2015), currently at Texas Tech University

Miles Condon, M.A. (2013), starting at St. Norbert University in AU 2018