Introduction and Goals

SPA/MBB brownbag is a forum for graduate students and faculty to present and discuss research in all areas of social/personality/affective science (SPA) and mind, brain, and behavior (MBB) psychology. Our meetings have two goals: (1) to create opportunities for graduate students and faculty to present and receive feedback on current or ongoing projects and (2) to pool our knowledge about statistics, methodology, and theory, thereby expanding our understandings beyond the work being conducted in individual labs.



The SPA/MBB brownbag meets weekly on Wednesdays from 11:00-11:55am and is currently a hybrid format (synchronous on-Zoom and in-person) for Spring 2024. The series features both presentations, roundtable discussions, and workshop style meetings. For the presentations, speakers present their work for 30-40 minutes and the remainder time is open discussion. For the rountable discussions, there is usually a discussion leader (or leaders) who facilitate questions and answers for the entire meeting.

Contact Information

To sign-up for a presentation or to be placed on the SPA/MBB brownbag e-mail list, please e-mail Dr. Charlotte Tate at ctate2[at]


Upcoming Speakers List (Spring 2024)


February 7, 2024: Informational Meeting (to [Re]Introduce the Series and Attendees)


February 14, 2024: Academic Career Trajectories (Roundtable Discussion lead by Ph.D.s [faculty and post-docs]): Part 1


February 21, 2024: Charlotte Tate, Ph.D. (SPA, SFSU): "Creating a nomological network for (the many meanings of) 'gender': Introducing the BIRDS understanding."


Feburary 28, 2024: Academic Career Trajectories (Roundtable Discussion lead by Ph.D.s [faculty and post-docs]): Part 2


March 6, 2024: Empirical information about the Ph.D. application and selection process (Roundtable Discussion: led by current-M.A. and post-M.A. applicants from SPA & MBB)


March 13, 2024: Darwin Guevarra, Ph.D. (Post-Doc, UCSF): "Low-effort affect regulation: Harnessing regulation nudges and placebo effects to promote emotional well-being"


March 20, 2024: TBA


March 27, 2024: No Meeting (Spring Recess)


April 3, 2024: TBA


April 10, 2024: Kara Eytcheson (SPA, SFSU)


April 17, 2024: TBA


April 24, 2024: TBA


May 1, 2024: TBA


May 8, 2024: Zena Mello, Ph.D. (SPA, SFSU): "A longitudinal investigation of social class discrimination and academic outcomes among adolescents."


May 15, 2024: TBA


Past Speakers: Archive

(Archive contains the complete list of speakers and titles since Spring 2010; click the link above)