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. 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.
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 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 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 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.
(L to R: Brian Lanza, Ruo Shan Weng, Tommy Saltsman, Ji Xia, Lauren Ministero, Miranda Bobrowski, Ken DeMarree)
Former Lab Members
Cory Davenport, Ph.D. (2013), currently at
University of Maryland
Jonathan Statzer, Ph.D. (2015), currently at
Texas Tech University
Miles Condon, M.A. (2013), currently at
Texas Tech University