Jacky Hua received her B.A. in psychology at the University of California, Riverside. Currently, she is a PhD candidate working with Dr. Jennifer Howell in the Merced Experimental Social and Health (MESH) Psychology Lab. Her first line of research focuses on psychosocial factors that influence health decision-making, such as the decision to avoid learning one's disease risk. In her second line of research, Jacky examines health communication and how factors such as goal-setting within a communication context can benefit physician-patient interactions. When she is not conducting research, Jacky enjoys running, playing the guitar, and cooking.