Daniella Villalba 
Florida International University '14
Ph.D. Experimental Psychology

Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela

Research Interests: Broadly, I'm interested in understanding the psychological and biological pathways through which positive and negative feelings and experiences affect health and well-being. As an example, I'm interested in how interventions, such as mindfulness training improve psychological and physical health among vulnerable populations. I'm also interested in understanding the risk and protective factors associated with feelings of loneliness and social disconnection.

Fun Fact: I spend most of my free time training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I occasionally compete and occasionally win.

Email: dvillalb@andrew.cmu.edu


Janine Dutcher 
UCLA '16
Ph.D. in Social Psychology 

Hometown: Santa Rosa, CA

Research Interests: My research seeks to understand how positive interventions and experiences (e.g., self-affirmation, mindfulness meditation, social support) may lead to reductions in threat and stress responding. I use multiple methods (behavioral, neuroimaging, psychneuroimmunological) to explore how these processese may have effects on physical health and well-being. 

Fun Fact: I am an ordained minister and officiated my first wedding last summer. Just call me the Reverend Doctor!

Email: jdutcher@andrew.cmu.edu

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Emily Lindsay 
Carnegie Mellon University '17
PhD in Social & Health Psychology 

Hometown: Ligonier, PA

Research Interests: My research focuses on psychological and biological pathways linking mind and body. How do our thoughts and feelings impact our physical health? Can we effectively train our patterns of thinking in ways that improve health and well-being? My dissertation work tested psychological pathways explaining how mindfulness meditation lowers stress and enhances positive emotions, with an emphasis on the role of experiential acceptance in driving these changes. As a postdoctoral fellow at University of Pittsburgh, I'm investigating biological pathways linking mindfulness meditation with physical health outcomes. I continue to collaborate on projects in the Health & Human Performance Lab.

Fun Fact: One day I hope to be an excellent tango dancer.

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Email: EKL24@pitt.edu