Principal Investigator

I will be starting my affective neuroscience laboratory in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2020. We are currently recruiting graduate students!

I earned my PhD in 2015 under the mentorship of Richard J. Davidson at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where I studied the neural correlates of successful emotion regulation, as well as the function of conscious awareness in emotion. In 2017, I was awarded an NIH postdoctoral fellowship to examine the representational properties and causal role of lateral prefrontal function in emotion with Mark D'Esposito at the University of California, Berkeley. In 2018, I co-edited the 2nd edition of The Nature of Emotion: Fundamental Questions with Davidson, Fox, & Shackman. [cv] [e-mail]

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The Lapate Experimental Affective Psychology and Neuroscience Laboratory (LEAP Neuro lab) is currently recruiting graduate students. We are looking for individuals who are interested in human social, affective or cognitive neuroscience, with prior experience (or strong interest) in conducting behavioral, EEG, fMRI experiments and data analysis. The LEAP Neuro lab is committed to equality and diversity, and to fostering a fun, open, and supportive research environment for everyone. Contact me at

Prospective graduate students for Fall 2020 should apply through the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at UCSB by December 1st (Cognition, Perception, and Cognitive Neuroscience or Social Psychology area groups). See here for more information about how to apply.