Research Team
Research Team

James Gross, Ph. D.

Dr. Gross is Professor of Psychology at Stanford and Director of the Stanford Psychophysiology Laboratory. His research focuses on emotion and emotion regulation, and this research employs both experimental and individual-difference methods. Research in the Stanford Psychophysiology Laboratory takes a multi-method approach, and includes measures of emotion experience, expressive behavior, autonomic physiology,and brain activation.


Philippe Goldin, Ph. D.

Dr. Goldin spent 6 years in India and Nepal studying various languages, Buddhist philosophy and analytic debate at Namgyal Monastery and the Dialectic Monastic Institute, and serving as an interpreter for various Tibetan Buddhist lamas. He then returned to the U.S. to complete a Ph.D. in Psychology at Rutgers University where he trained as a clinical psychologist and neuroscientist. He directs the Clinically Applied Affective Neuroscience laboratory at Stanford University and is now a tenured associate professor and founding faculty in the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Science and Health-care Leadership at the University of California Davis Health System. His NIH-funded clinical research focuses on (a) functional neuroimaging investigations of cognitive-affective mechanisms in adults with anxiety and chronic pain disorders, (b) differential effects of mindfulness meditation, cognitive-behavioral therapy and aerobic exercise on brain-behavior correlates of emotional reactivity and emotion regulation, and (c) compassion meditation training in healthy adults. Dr. Goldin developed the Search Inside Yourself program at Google and also founded a start-up ( which delivers mindfulness-based emotional intelligence and leadership skills training programs world-wide.

Here is a sample of some of Dr. Goldin's invited talks:


Hooria Jazaieri, MFT

Hooria is a researcher in the Department of Psychology at Stanford University and co-facilitates Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) groups for individuals with social anxiety disorder. Hooria joined the lab in June 2008 and is interested in looking at emotion and emotion regulation and the links to health (mental and physical) and well-being. Specifically, she is interested in examining: a) adaptive and maladaptive forms of emotion regulation in relation to context and flexibility, b) emotion coherence and disassociation across multiple response systems, c) the relationship between emotion regulation and mindfulness and compassion meditation, and d) investigating the effects of various training programs on enhancing emotion regulation across broad populations. In addition to her work at the lab, Hooria is a licensed marriage and family therapist (MFC53748) and does clinical work using CBT and DBT in a private practice providing counseling and therapy in San Jose


Faith Brozovich, Ph. D.

Dr. Brozovich is a licensed clinical psychologist (PSY25186) and a research associate in the Department of Psychology at Stanford University. Faith completed her Ph.D. at Temple University under the direction of Dr. Richard Heimberg. She did her clinical internship as well as a postdoctoral fellowship specializing in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at the Palo Alto Veteran’s Affairs (VA) Health Care System. Faith has more than 5 years of experience treating individuals with anxiety disorders and currently leads Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) groups for individuals with social anxiety. Faith is interested in studying the neural, cognitive, and behavioral changes that occur among socially anxious individuals after receiving CBT, as well as comparing the effects of CBT to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. Additionally, her clinical research interests include the role of interpretation and memory biases in the onset and maintenance of anxiety disorders.


Kevin S. Hahn, B.S.

Kevin is a research assistant and is interested in using fMRI to study the brain-basis of emotion regulation, and brain changes that occur with effective treatment.  He is interested in the effects of mindfulness meditation on emotional regulation, attention regulation and executive function.


Sarah Luem

Sarah is a research assistant for CAAN. She graduated from UC Berkeley in 2010 with a BA in Psychology and plans on pursuing her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. She currently works as an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapist for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Sarah is interested in the effects of mindfulness meditation practices on mood and anxiety symptoms in adult clinical and non-clinical populations. She is also excited about the possibilities for mindfulness-based interventions with children and adolescents who suffer from anxiety and mood disorders as well as attentional deficits associated with ADHD.

Raquel Miller, B.A.

Raquel is a research assistant for CAAN. After earning her BA at UC Berkeley, she continued her education at San Francisco State University where she focused on psychological research. Raquel is interested in using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to understand the neurological aspects of anxiety, as well as the effects of clinical interventions such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and exercise. Raquel is also interested in studying attentional biases as a vulnerability factor in social anxiety. In addition to her efforts at the CAAN lab, Raquel works with trauma survivors at San Francisco General Hospital and has a private practice working with individuals diagnosed with anxiety. 


Joan Jou

Joan is a research assistant and psychology trainee in the CAAN Lab. He is also a Ph.D. student in Clinical Psychology at Palo Alto University. Joan’s research interests focus on cognitive-affective processes that contribute to the development and maintenance of fear and anxiety as well as mechanisms for treatment change. In particular, he is interested in examining the effect of mindfulness training in emotion regulation and self-referential processing, with special emphasis on social anxiety. Previously in the Stanford Psychophysiology Laboratory, Joan served as a research assistant for several experimental studies comparing the effectiveness of different strategies for regulating fearful stimuli using behavioral and autonomic methods. 


Alicia Ivanhoe , B.A.

Alicia is a research assistant for CAAN. After graduating from UC Davis with a BA in Psychology, Alicia wanted to gain more clinical
experience and is now working full time as a research coordinator at the Stanford/VA Alzheimer’s Center. Alicia is fascinated by the
positive impact of Mindfulness-based interventions on social anxiety and is interested in the neural mechanisms of anxiety and phobic
disorder and how non-invasive treatments such as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Cognitive Behavioral therapy can alter these
mechanisms. Alicia is also interested in the effects of cultivating compassion through training and meditation, to improve emotional regulation and well-being. 


Cassie Perret

Cassie is a research assistant for CAAN and is currently pursuing her doctoral degree at the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium. She received her B.A. at Santa Clara University and currently works as a Practicum Student Therapist at the Menlo Park VA, providing individual therapy and co-leading a CBT for anxiety group. Her main research interests lie in neurological bases of anxiety disorders, particularly social anxiety, and the effects that cognitive and mindfulness-based therapies have on immediate and long-term symptom improvement. Cassie is also interested in looking into attentional regulation and biases in anxiety disorders.


Miriam Parrott

Miriam is a research assistant for CAAN and is currently pursuing her doctoral degree at the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium. Miriam is currently a Practicum Student Therapist at the Menlo Park VA and co-leads eating disorder prevention workshops for Stanford students through Stanford’s Healthy Body Image Program.  She’s excited about the clinical relevance of mindfulness-based practices in general and specifically the neurological bases of attention and anxiety. She is also interested in how mindfulness-based practices may be used to enhance performance and pain management in professional and college athletes. 


Christie Mead

Christie is a research assistant for CAAN and is currently pursuing her doctoral degree at the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium. Christie received her B.A. from the University of Michigan and is currently a practicum student at the Gronowski Clinic in Los Altos, CA. She is interested in neuropsychology and anxiety disorders, as well as neurological changes related to therapeutic interventions, including mindfulness-based practices. Christie is also interested in the neurological effects of exercise.

Our lab has been supported by numerous volunteer research assistants over the years. Although not all are listed here, we acknowledge their hard work and dedication.