Class of 2015

Casey and Eric B. at the SFSU Graduate Student Research Showcase

Eric Benzel

Eric graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison (go Badgers!) with a BA in Psychology. While in Madison he was a lab manager in Patricia Devine's Interpersonal Relations and Prejudice Social Psychology Lab. During his two years in the lab he helped guide research projects from start to finish with one of the studies being published in Psychological Science. This study helped shed light on how and why people justify their prejudice on certain groups. Upon graduation he hopes to find a job focusing on improving organizational culture. When Eric is not working on his education you can likely find him outside.

Second Year Internship: San Francisco Public Utilities Commission 


Eric Christensen

Eric is a Bay Area native. He graduated from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business with a B.S. in 2010. Since then, he has worked in the public sector (Federal Government), which sparked an interest in Organizational Psychology. He took time off to complete preliminary graduate Psychology coursework in Chicago, where he developed research interests involving motivation, workplace emotions, and employee dress. He plans to develop a Master's thesis in one of these areas. In his spare time, Eric enjoys riding roller coasters, reading non-fiction, and plane spotting at SFO.

Second Year Internship: Habitec Architecture


Chloe Doan

Chloe graduated from Saint Mary's College of California in 2012 with a B.S. in Social Psychology. As an undergraduate, she conducted research studying teams and the relationship between self-esteem, locus of control, and attributions of success and failure. She and her research team have also presented their posters at the Western Psychology Conference for Undergraduates and Western Psychological Association. Outside of research, she also interned at her college's Office of Institutional Research, where she aided in the gathering and analysis of campus-wide surveys. Following graduation, she spent a year working at an HR consulting firm with leadership coaches and HR professionals in implementing 360-degree feedback programs. Chloe's spare time is spent wandering bookstores, planning her next travel adventure, gobbling up delicious new foods and making horrible attempts at painting!

Second Year Internship: Genetech 


Aman, Chloe, and Laura at the SFSU Graduate Student Research Showcase

Amanpreet Kaur

As a recent 2013 graduate from SF State, Amanpreet Kaur decided to further her interest in the applied field of I-O and pursue her M.S. here as well. With her prior work experience within a large banking organization, it was evident she choose a field anchored at observing and mending work related issues. As an undergrad she tutored for PSY 200 and was a research assistant for the Child & Adolescent Department. Currently she works in Dr. Eschleman’s Health and Organization Psychology Lab and has assisted on some of his Affective measurement research. Her interests include connecting the work place to numerous variables such as culture, well-being, selection, and employee satisfaction.

Second Year Internship: Woodruff-Sawyer


Laura King

Laura got her BA in vocal performance from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. She went on to do Teach For America in Phoenix, AZ where she taught a classroom full of rambunctious and very clever preschoolers. She got her M.Ed. from ASU. It wasn't until she moved to the Bay Area to teach in the Google Children's Centers that Laura was first exposed to I/O psychology through a Google I/O team member. She had known for some time that she was interested in positive culture, motivation, leadership, and empathy, but didn't know there was a career to be had in it. "Wait - that's a thing?!" The rest is history --  Laura left her job to prepare for grad school, joining a research team at the UC Berkeley Social Interaction Lab working on emotion research and FACS. She now is at SF State where she is looking forward to her dream career as an I/O psychologist. Dreams really can come true! 

Second Year Internship: Towers Watson


Casey LaHonta

Casey is a recent graduate of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, receiving his BA in Psychology in 2013. In his time at CPP, Casey worked in multiple research labs focusing on cognitive and social psychology, but looks forward to studying I/O Psych at SF State, which he believes is much more practical. He is also excited to return to his home in the Bay Area, where he has lived since 2002. In his spare time, Casey enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, rock climbing, and team sports, and spends as little time as he possibly can indoors. He also enjoys watching sports, cooking and eating delicious food, and exploring unfamiliar places. Casey generally gets bored with social media, and gets seriously confused when attempting to write in the third person.

Second Year Internship: San Francisco Giants


Michael and Felicia at the SFSU Graduate Student Research Showcase

Michael Mathieu

Michael graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in Psychology. While at Texas, he published a meta-analysis on affective forecasting with the help of the great faculty there. He continues to be interested in emotions as well as positive psychology in general. As a member of the HOP Lab, Michael plans on researching social support while continuing to study positive psychology’s application to the work place. When not cooped up in the lab, he can be seen at the gym or bumming around town, thinking about how much work he could be getting done if he weren't cooped up in the lab.

Second Year Internship: Ketchum Inc.


Rosa Ortiz

Rosa graduated from UC Riverside in 2011 with a B.A. in Psychology. As an undergraduate student she was employed as an independently contracted therapist for children with autism and other developmental disabilities using applied behavior analysis as a method of treatment. During her final year as an undergraduate, she served as an intern for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) under the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C. One of her tasks as an intern was evaluating grant programs for traditionally underserved populations. Before starting her graduate program, Rosa invested two years in management, specifically focusing on human resources and interactions in the workplace. Currently, Rosa remains employed in management and is looking forward to implementing newly learned I/O concepts in her place of employment. In her spare time, she enjoys attending concerts, jogging, watching movies and exploring new places with friends.

Second Year Internship: San Francisco Public Utilities Commission 


Felicia (Wan Ying) Poh

Felicia graduated from Wake Forest University in 2013 with a B.A. in Psychology and Mathematics. She grew up in Brunei, a small country in South East Asia, whose population is about 400,000. As an undergraduate, she was involved as a research assistant in three labs: a social lab that focused on self-control, moral judgment and goal pursuits, a positive lab that studied well-being and creativity as well as a developmental lab that looked at purpose and meaning in adolescents’ daily lives. At SF State, she plans to explore the positive psychology of the workplace, specifically on interventions that organizations can implement to ensure the well-being of their employees.

Second Year Internship: WalMart eCommerce