What I do
My goal is to foster student curiosity, passion and excitement by introducing them to the ways the scientific method can be applied to understand seemingly intangible phenomena, like human emotion.
In addition, I am interested in how attention, thought and memory change and are changed by emotion. Specifically, I examine processes that are characterized by emotion-cognition interactions, such as emotion regulation, the cognitive generation of emotion and emotional awareness.
I teach graduate seminars in affective neuroscience and fMRI methods, and undergraduate courses that explore the relationship between psychology and theater. One is called, "Exploring Psychology Through Theater" and the other, "Emotions in Theater and the Brain."
I am currently an undergraduate major adviser for psychology and the faculty adviser for Psi Chi and the Psychology Club.
- Ph.D., Psychology, University of Arizona, 2007
- MA, Psychology, University of Arizona, 2004
- BA, Human Biology and Drama, Stanford University, 2002
- Social and Affective Neuroscience Society
I direct the laboratory for the study of automaticity, affect, control and thought (the AACT lab).
- CAREER: The Effects of Process Facilitation on Emotion Regulation
- Investigating the neural systems that support the beneficial effects of positive emotion on stress regulation.
- Reproducibility Project: Psychology
- Using Positive Reappraisal to COunter Negative Emotion: Its Neural Mechanisms and Role in Resilience
- Faculty Adviser of the Year, Academic Advising
- Paper of the Year, Cognitive, Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience
- Preregistration Challenge Prize, Center for Open Science