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Current Fellows

The Greater Good Science Center offers annual fellowships to UC Berkeley Undergraduate and Graduate students whose work relates to the Center's mission. The Fellowship program aims to attract scholars from across a broad spectrum of academic disciplines, with a particular focus on the social-behavioral sciences.

Current Graduate Fellows

Mara Chavez-Diaz Mara Chavez-Diaz

Mara Chavez-Diaz is a Chancellor’s Fellow and Ph.D. Candidate in the Social and Cultural Studies program at UC Berkeley. Her research study examines youth organizations that express and carry out an explicit healing approach in order to better understand the kinds of healing processes that make it possible for urban youth of color to heal from trauma and nourish their sense of hope that social change is possible. Her motivation to explore this topic stems from her own personal experiences in witnessing both grief and resilience among the youth whom she has worked with over the past ten years in Oakland. She received her B.A. in Ethnic Studies from Mills College and a MA in Social and Cultural Studies from UC Berkeley.

Josh Neff Josh Neff
Joint Medical Program

Josh is a second-year medical student in the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program. He studied social anthropology as an undergraduate at Harvard, where he grew interested in the effects of large-scale social structures on individual health outcomes. His current research explores the connection between healthcare providers’ “structural competency”—their awareness of the social, political, and economic influences on the health of their patients, and their knowledge of possible ways to respond to these health effects—and their empathy for underserved patients. As a Hornaday Fellow, Josh will be working with supervising doctors at Oakland’s Highland Hospital to design, implement, and evaluate the first-ever structural competency curriculum for medical residents.

Andrew Peckham Andrew Peckham

Andrew Peckham is a 4th-year graduate student in the UC Berkeley Department of Psychology’s Clinical Science doctoral program. He received his B.A. from Boston University and his M.A. at UC Berkeley. Andrew’s research focuses on the bi-directional relationship between cognition and emotion regulation in mental illness, with a particular focus on understanding how these factors contribute to the course of mood disorders. As a Hornaday Graduate Fellow, Andrew will work with a collaborative team of researchers from UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco to test a novel group intervention designed to increase healthy positive emotion in people with bipolar disorder.

Hooria Jazaieri Hooria Jazaieri

Hooria is in the UC Berkeley Social-Personality doctoral program. She did her undergraduate work at the University of Washington and her masters work at Santa Clara University. Her prior research has focused primarily on emotion, emotion regulation, mindfulness, and compassion. As a Hornaday Graduate Fellow, she will integrate her personal and research interests in a multi-method investigation examining whether compassion can improve intergroup relations towards members of a stigmatized social out-groups, and whether common humanity plays a mediating role in this relationship.

Jasmine Mote Jasmine Mote

Jasmine Mote is a fourth year clinical science doctoral student at UC Berkeley. She completed her B.A. in Psychology at Oberlin College. She is interested in studying how social interactions can increase positive emotion, improve the quality of life, and influence motivated behavior in people with and without mental illness. As a Hornaday Graduate Fellow, she will conduct a study looking at whether capitalization, or the process of sharing positive life events to a supportive listener, is related to an increased likelihood of pursuing future goals in a group of people who are at high risk for developing schizophrenia.

Current Undergraduate Fellows

Jeni Stiso Jeni Stiso
Cognitive Science & Molecular Cell Biology

Jeni is a sophomore Cognitive Science and Molecular Cell Biology major with a minor in music. She is currently a research assistant for the Knight Lab, and is also involved in various music groups on campus. She is conducting research that explores the neurological basis of interpersonal distance (hormone levels and various event related potentials) and how they can be used to create more effective treatments and diagnoses of Social Anxiety Disorder. In the future, she hopes to be able to continue to do medical research and to be able to improve the quality of life for many people suffering from neurological diseases.

Past Fellows


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