WELL LAB DIRECTOR
Dr. Rebecca L. Silton is an associate professor in the psychology department at Loyola University Chicago. She is the founding director of the WELLbeing 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. She completed her clinical internship at University of Washington and postdoctoral fellowship at Seattle Childrens Hospital. 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 implemented in positive affect and cognitive function in order to understand disorders characterized by low positive affect such as depression, postpartum depression, and chronic pain disorders. Her research also aims to advance neuroscience-informed interventions that target modifiable brain structures that implement affect in order to promote wellbeing and psychological vitality. Dr. Silton is grateful on a regular basis for the opportunity to work with her amazing research team of graduate and undergraduate students. Dr. Silton's CV
WELL LAB GRADUATE STUDENTS
Kelly Polnaszek, MA is a sixth-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. She completed her Master’s Thesis (The Cortical and Psychological Mechanisms of Visceral Pain) in 2016. She is completing her clinical internship in Seattle at University of Washington in Neuropsychology. 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.
Ian Kahrilas, MA is a fourth-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 is interested in studying the neurobiological correlates of positive emotion regulation using high density electroencephalography methods. He is also an R wizard. Ian’s research at the WELL lab aims to advance neuroscience-informed interventions and bolster wellbeing. His Master’s Thesis (The Neurobiological Correlates of Savoring) was awarded the 2019 Thesis of the Year Award in the Social Sciences Category at Loyola University Chicago
Andrew Rauch, BS is a first-year graduate student in the clinical psychology doctoral program at Loyola University Chicago. He earned his BS in Management Science and Psychology with a specialization in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, San Diego in 2016. There, he worked with Dr. Amy Jak as an undergraduate research coordinator investigating the effectiveness of physical and computerized interventions in an aging population. Shortly after graduating, Andrew moved to the Bay Area for two years to coordinate for Dr. Claudia Padula’s BRAVE study at Stanford University and the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, which is investigating neural predictors relating to alcohol addiction in Veterans. Andrew’s research interests include finding and researching effective interventions for those suffering from anxiety and depression. Andrew’s website can be found here - https://aarauch4.wixsite.com/website