LAB DIRECTOR

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Dr. Rebecca Silton is an assistant professor in the psychology department at Loyola University Chicago. She is the director of the Well-Being and Emotion Lab @ Loyola (WELL LAB). She received her BA in psychology from Macalester College and her PhD in clinical psychology from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Silton is a clinical scientist with expertise in studying affect and cognition using high-density electroencephalography (EEG) methods. She applies innovative EEG methods to understand the function of neural structures that are related to affective experiences. Her research aims to identify basic neural mechanisms in the interaction of positive affect and cognitive function in order to understand disorders characterized by low positive affect such as depression, postpartum depression, and chronic pain disorders using basic neuroscience methods. Her research also aims to advance neuroscience-informed interventions that target modifiable brain structures that implement affect in order to promote physical well-being and psychological vitality.  Dr. Silton's CV


GRADUATE STUDENTS

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Lorri Kais, MA is a fifth year graduate student in the clinical psychology doctoral program at Loyola University Chicago. She received her MA from Loyola University Chicago following the defense of her thesis, Neural Correlates of Inhibitory Function Following the Implicit Processing of Emotional Faces. Prior to attending Loyola University Chicago, Lorri completed her BA and senior thesis, A Multi-Method Analysis of Impulsivity and Inattention in Young Children with Neurofibromatosis Type 1, at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Lorri is interested in research at the intersection of mental health and cognitive function utilizing psychophysiological and behavioral methods. She is also interested in genetic and developmental disorders and plans on pursuing a career in pediatric neuropsychology.

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Kelly Polnaszek is a third-year graduate student in the clinical psychology doctoral program at Loyola University Chicago. She earned her BS in Psychology in 2012 from Loyola University Chicago, and recently earned her MA following the defense of her thesis, The Cortical and Psychological Mechanisms of Visceral Pain. Prior to attending graduate school, Kelly was a laboratory manager for Dr. Joel Voss’ Laboratory for Human Neuroscience at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine for two years. Kelly’s research interests include identifying and understanding the psychological and neurobiological factors that contribute to the experience of chronic pain and developing effective interventions targeting these factors.

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Ian Kahrilas is a first year graduate student in the clinical psychology doctoral program at Loyola University Chicago. He earned his BS in Psychology in 2014 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. There, he worked with Dr. Florin Dolcos as an undergraduate research assistant in the Social, Cognitive, Personality, and Emotion Neuroscience Lab. Ian was also a research assistant in the Center for Psychosocial Research in GI with Dr. Laurie Keefer at Northwestern University for several years. With Dr. Keefer, he investigated functional gastrointestinal disorders and psychologically based intervention strategies. Ian hopes to explore means of mitigating neurocognitive deficits and symptomatology in individuals with depression and anxiety in the WELL lab. By utilizing neuropsychological and neuroimaging techniques, he aims to translate research in both positive affect and mindfulness meditation into effective intervention strategies.


UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

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Kaitlyn Peters is an undergraduate psychology major and psychology of criminal justice minor student at Loyola University Chicago. Kaitlyn received a Provost fellowship to conduct research in the WELL lab on attention biases in individuals with remitted depression. After finishing her undergraduate work, she plans to apply to a counseling psychology program. Kaitlyn is interested in topics and research studies relating to abnormal psychology. Besides academics, she enjoys writing, reading, and going to the city with friends.

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Faye Domokos is an undergraduate biology and psychology double major with a minor in neuroscience at Loyola University Chicago. Her research interests are in cognitive and behavioral neuroscience. She is thankful to have received the Provost Fellowship and Mulchay Scholarship and plans to continue building a foundation in research. She hopes to attend a PhD program in cognitive neuroscience. Aside from academics, Faye has an interest in art history, loves to travel, and enjoys biking the Chicago lakeside. 

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Megan Meinke is an undergraduate psychology major with a biology minor at Loyola University Chicago. After finishing her undergraduate work, she plans to attend medical school. Her interests lie in psychopathology and she aspires to specialize in psychiatry. Aside from academics, Megan enjoys listening to music, going to concerts, and spending time with friends and family. 

 

Photo credit for professional head shots of lab members: Paul Goyette