Team Members


Aerika Brittian Loyd Director: Aerika Brittian Loyd, Ph.D.

Dr. Aerika Brittian Loyd is a community-engaged developmental scientist in the Department of Psychology at UC Riverside, who uses psychology, human development, and prevention science theories to investigate how intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, and identity inform health and development for youth and young adults of color (e.g., Black and Latinx). Follow me on Twitter: @DrABLoyd


Graduate Students


Dulce Wilkinson

I am a fifth-year PhD student in the Social and Personality Psychology program interested in how individual differences in cultural stories relate with identity (e.g., ethnic-racial identity, political ideology) and psychological functioning. I am also interested in how cultural identities (e.g., gender, ethnicity/race) intersect and constrain the types of stories people construct about their lives. My other interests include personality measurement, structure, and development.

I am also a member of Dr. Will Dunlop’s Personality and Identity Lab.


Linsey Donovan

Linsey is a second-year PhD student in the School Psychology Program at UCR. She received her BA in Psychology from Le Moyne College and her MA in School Psychology from University at Buffalo. Broadly, Linsey is interested in examining how public school systems interact with Black students experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, and/or trauma.

Linsey is advised by Dr. Austin Johnson of the School Psychology program and is also a member of the Inland Behavior Lab.


LeNisha Williams

I am a first-year PhD student in Developmental Psychology. I received my B.A. in Child and Adolescent Development with an emphasis in Applied Developmental Science from California State University, Northridge. I am broadly interested in how early educational experiences influence the development of ethnic racial identity and academic achievement for youth of color. During my free time, I enjoy painting, discovering new music artists, and catching up with my family and friends.


Tate LeBlanc

Tate is a first-year graduate student in the Ph.D. program in developmental psychology here at UCR and a member of the YHD Lab. His emerging program of research seeks to explore the psychosocial strategies that Black youth employ to navigate and resist disempowering experiences, achieve health, and thrive. Outside the lab, Tate enjoys learning new languages, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.



Undergraduate Research Assistants

Aylin Luna

Bethel Israel

Gilberto Torres (post-baccalaureate)

Juelle Ford

Klaudia Gallardo

Lesley Hernandez

Stacy Lopez

Yannelly “Nelly” Zuniga

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