People

Monika Lohani

Monika Lohani is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology in the College of Education at the University of Utah and the director of the ACR lab. Monika earned her M.A. in Cognitive Science from the University of Allahabad, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Social Developmental Psychology from Brandeis University. She completed her postdoctoral research training in the Department of Psychology at Yale University. Monika examines effective regulation of affect and cognition in applied settings using psychophysiological and behavioral methods.

Graduate students

Ellie Harmston

Ellie Harmston is pursuing a Masters in Statistics in the Learning Sciences program in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Utah. She received her Bachelors in Psychology from Gonzaga University. Ellie is interested in emotional dysregulation and suicide prevention.

Jamie S. Elsey

Jamie is a Ph.D. student in the Learning and Cognition Program at the University of Utah. She received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Utah (2019). She is finishing her MStat in Educational Psychology. Jamie is interested in emotion regulation in the context of daily stress.

Kristen West

Kristen West is a Ph.D. Student in the Learning and Cognition Program at the University of Utah and has been working with the lab since Fall 2021. Kristen has a Master of Public Administration from Brigham Young University and has over seven years of experience conducting program evaluation and research in child welfare and other social services. Her current interests in the lab include stress and emotion regulation. She is currently working on research that includes the collection and analysis of physiological and self-report data related to stress, emotions, and suicidality.

Sam Dutton

Sam is a master’s student in the Learning and Cognition program whose research interests lie in reading comprehension and emotion. In addition to the ACR Lab, he is involved in the Reading Lab. When not working on research, he enjoys long walks with his dog.

Recent collaborators

Lisa Aspinwall, University of Utah

Craig Bryan, The Ohio State University

Patrick Hill, Washington University in St. Louis

Brennan Payne, University of Utah

Eric Poitras, Dalhousie University

Nancy Sin, University of British Columbia

Dave Strayer, University of Utah