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About Me

I joined the Educational Psychology Department at the University of Minnesota in the Fall of 2022, after spending four years in the Psychology Department at the University of New Hampshire.


I received my Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame under the advisement of Dr. Sidney D'Mello in the Emotive Computing Lab, then completed my postdoctoral training in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Thought Lab at the University of British Columbia with Dr. Kalina Christoff.


My research interests are at the intersection of cognitive psychology, computer science, and education. I am particularly interested in mind wandering: its neural correlates, relationship to affect, and impact on learning. Other interests include investigating engagement, affective states, and task-unrelated thought in educational contexts, such as during complex learning and reading.

I am currently the President of the Society for Computation in Psychology, and co-director of the Learning Informatics Lab at UMN.

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