Wendy Berry Mendes, PhD - Contact Information

Mendes, Wendy

Title: Associate Professor, Sarlo/Ekman Endowed Chair of Emotion


UC Santa Barbara, PhD

Postgraduate Training:

UCSF, postdoctoral training in psychology and medicine

Biography Summary:

Wendy Berry Mendes is the Sarlo/Ekman Associate Professor of Emotion at UC San Francisco. She obtained a Ph.D. in social psychology from UC Santa Barbara in 2003 and then completed a post-doctoral training program in psychology and medicine at UCSF. In 2004, she became an assistant professor of psychology at Harvard University and was promoted to associate professor in 2008. She accepted her current position at UCSF in 2010. Her research questions sit at the intersection of social, personality and biological psychology, and primarily concern questions regarding embodiment - how emotions, thoughts, and intentions are experienced in the body and how bodily responses shape and influence thoughts, behavior and emotions. Some current research areas include coping with stigma and discrimination, dyadic intergroup interactions, mind-body relations across the life course, influence of emotional labeling on emotional experience, and effects of stress on decision-making. Professor Mendes won the Gordon Allport prize in 2008 for the best paper on intergroup relations, and she won the Sage Young Scholar Award in 2009.

Educational Expertise:

Emotion, research methods, social psychophysiology

Research Areas:

Emotion, health, intergroup relations, interpersonal processes, prejudice/stereotyping


Emotion, health, intergroup relations, interpersonal processes, prejudice/stereotyping

Administrative Assistant: Katherine Reilly - Contact Information

Campus Location: Parnassus

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Emotion, Health, and Psychophysiology Lab


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