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 sixth year graduate student in the clinical psychology doctoral program at Loyola University Chicago, presently on internship at University of Minnesota. 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 fourth-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 second-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. With the WELL lab, Ian hopes this research will advance neuroscience-informed interventions and bolster well-being.