Meet the Lab


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

Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela

Research Interests: How social and cognitive factors affect coping and stress resilience; the effects of mindfulness mediation on memory and interpersonal relationships.

Fun Fact: I practice AcroYoga and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.



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 this summer. Just call me the Reverend Doctor!


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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.

To download my Vita, please click here: Emily Lindsay CV.