Monika Lohani

Monika Lohani is an Assistant Professor of Cognition and Neural Science in the Department of Psychology 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 the effective regulation of attention and emotion in applied settings using psychophysiological and behavioral methods.

Graduate students

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.

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.

Undergraduate students

Aifara Aisa

I am a senior undergraduate student in psychology and pre-med. My areas of research are biomedical and psychological aspects of the brain. I have a keen interest in discovering the connecting the dots between the existing pieces of knowledge. In my free time, I like baking delicious cakes and playing guitar.

Amy Do

I am a senior undergraduate student majoring in psychology. My interest lies in cognitive psychology, specifically in thinking processes and why the mind interprets information the way it does and why it reacts to certain stressors or nonnormative life events in maladaptive ways. 

Hannah Lawrence

I am in my junior year pursuing a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in economics. I am hoping to work towards a human factors certificate as well. My research interests currently involve I/O psychology, and how human behavior occurs in and is affected by the workplace. My research in this lab so far has really peaked this interest and I am excited to see what comes next. Upon graduating, I hope to pursue a graduate degree in this field. My hobbies include dancing and playing video games, and a fun fact is that I am currently learning Portuguese! 

Jacob Oler

I’m a junior studying psychology. Currently, I am working on my honors thesis. After my undergraduate, I’ll be pursuing a master’s degree with the goal of eventually becoming a clinical therapist. Some ways that I spend my free time are skiing and playing with my dogs.