What is your research focus (as well as any academic or service focus)?
My primary research focus is on the interaction between cognitive and emotional processing and the neural/physiological underpinnings of these interactions. Specifically, I am interested in how individual differences in various domains of cognitive functioning impact how people experience, express, and regulate their emotions. Those with neurodegenerative diseases experience changes in neural structure and function, however, clinicians often focus on the cognitive symptoms of these diseases. I am interested in examining how these changes to underlying neural structures and the various cognitive domains relate to emotional functioning so that patients and families experiencing these disorders are better informed about the emotional challenges they may face in the course of these diseases.
Can you tell me more about your international appointment with the Association for Psychological Science and the work you are doing?