Principal Investigator

Evangelia G. Chrysikou, Ph.D.
Office: 457 Fraser Hall Phone: 785.864.9811 Fax: 785.864.5696
I am an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Kansas and the Director of the
Ph.D. Program in Cognitive and Brain Sciences. I also serve as the Director of the B.S. Major in Behavioral Neuroscience. I hold a Ph.D. from the Brain and Cognitive Sciences Program at Temple University, where I also completed a year-long postdoctoral appointment in cognitive neuropsychology. Before joining the Psychology faculty at KU, I was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania. I use cognitive neuroscience methods (like fMRI and tDCS) to study how people learn and remember information about everyday objects. I am particularly fascinated by the astonishing flexibility with which the human mind allows for the generation of novel or unusual uses for objects when the situation imposes such demands (e.g., using a tennis racket as a fly swatter, instead of for playing tennis), as well as the implications of such flexibility for theories of semantic knowledge organization and cognitive control. I am further exploring the educational applications of cognitive training paradigms for the development of higher-order thinking in young adults, as well as the translational implications of cognitive flexibility for the characterization of deficient cognitive/executive profiles in depression and other psychiatric disorders marked by prefrontal cortex hypofunction. In my few moments of spare time, I love reading, traveling (particularly to the Greek islands), Asian food, running, kick-boxing, Basset Hounds, cooking, the music of Jack White, independent movies, and watching endless hours of baseball. CV

Graduate Students
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Elise Goubet
I am currently a first year graduate student in the Cognitive and Brain Sciences department at KU. As a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow I conduct research in Dr. Chrysikou’s lab. I previously conducted research at the University of Alabama (my alma mater) with Dr. Matthew Jarrett and Dr. Kristina McDonald. I spent the summer of 2014 in the American Psychological Associations Summer Science Fellowship with Dr. Sarah Fischer at George Mason University. My previous research was broadly focused on executive functioning deficits and emotion dysregulation in eating disordered behavior and non-suicidal self-injury. In my future research I hope to explore how executive functioning can impact the flexible implementation of emotion regulation strategies and how this can impact ‘successful’ overall emotion regulation. I hope to use innovative methodological approaches in these pursuits, including; ecological momentary assessment (electronic daily diary surveying), neuropsychological tests, neuroimaging, and physiological measures. Additionally, I am interested in exploring the validity and generalizability of the vast array of methodologies used to study emotion regulation. From this research I hope to contribute to our knowledge of the psychological and neural systems underlying emotion regulation and executive functions and identify how these systems interact to promote stable, flexible, and adaptive behavior. In my free time, I enjoy reading, knitting, playing with my cat, watching Alabama football, and surfing the web for Minion memes.
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Erik Wing
I’m a third year graduate student in the clinical psychology program at the University of Kansas. Before KU, I received my B.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in psychology and marketing. I then worked for two years as a lab manager at the University of Denver, collaborating with Dr. Kateri McRae and Dr. Jeremy Reynolds. In my free time, I enjoy playing basketball (decently), playing golf (poorly), and everything and anything Game of Thrones.
My primary research is advised by Dr. Stephen Ilardi within his Therapeutic Lifestyle Change (TLC) laboratory. My current work concerns the relationship between mind wandering and affective dynamics. Although almost everyone mind wanders (i.e., daydreams), there is variability in the frequency and content of off-task thought that is predictive of maladaptive emotional consequences. I’m interested in the individual differences responsible for this variance in mind wandering profiles, as well as mapping the evidence for mind wandering as a foundation in the development of psychopathology, particularly in major depression.
I’m also aiding in the development of new research and treatment approaches to major depression. I’ve recently begun work with Dr. Evangelia Chrysikou exploring the neural mechanisms of goal-oriented behavior within MDD populations using transcranial direct current stimulation. Other projects include TLC 3.0, as well as a mindfulness-based TLC intervention designed for adolescent populations.

Undergraduate Students

Joseph Denning
I am currently a junior pursuing a B.S. major in Behavioral Neuroscience. In the past, I have been a University Scholar and a research assistant in Dr. Michael Vitevitch’s Spoken Language Laboratory. I began working in Dr. Chrysikou’s lab in Fall 2017, using tDCS. After graduation, I plan on attending graduate school in order to become a professor. When I have free time, I enjoy performing improv, reading novels, watching sports, or playing any kind of competitive game.


Amanda Rebori
I am currently a sophomore pursuing a B.S. degree in Behavioral Neuroscience and double minors in Chemistry and Business. I am a member of the Honors program at the University of Kansas. I have recently joined Dr. Chrysikou’s lab as of Spring 2016, and am examining tDCS on flexible thinking. In the future, I plan to attend medical school where I plan on becoming a neurologist. In my spare time, you can find me running, hiking, or watching a soccer match with 18,467 of my closest friends.