Stephanie J Kern

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Program Area: Psychological Science


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Stephanie re-joined the University of Illinois to pursue her M.S. in Psychological Science after also receiving her B.S. from the University of Illinois. She is currently a Graduate Research Assistant in the PRISM Lab directed by Dr. Heidemarie Laurent. 


  • fMRI
  • Attention
  • Mindfulness

Research Description

My research interest lies in investigating the neurocognitive bases of well-being and attentional control. In particular, I aim to clarify how mindfulness – present moment, nonjudgmental awareness supports well-being by influencing cognitive processes such as mind-wandering (self-referential attention) and rumination (negatively focused self-referential attention). Through a multimethod model of research that involves functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and psychological assessment, I hope to provide insight into mechanisms that are outside of cognitive control while also pointing to intervention targets in individuals with mental health disorders. 

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Facilities Information

Building Remodeling Projects

Click on the title to check out these pictures from the classroom remodeling project in the basement. A second project to replace the elevators will begin in September. Beginning with the freight elevator, each elevator will be out of service for three months. To get quickly from one floor to another, and improve your fitness, we will encourage the use of the stairs. The repainting of the northeast stairwell has been completed, and the painter is starting on the southwest stairwell.