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Monika Lohani, Ph.D.

Kara Moore, PhD

Assistant Professor, Cognition and Neural Science | CNS

Curriculum Vitae

Contact Information

Office: 1003 BEHS

Research Interests

I integrate basic and applied perspectives to understand how people adapt their attention and emotions to manage daily and long-term stressors. I adopt a combination of ​experience sampling, behavioral, and psychophysiological measures to assess responses in the lab and real-world settings. ​The overarching goal of my research is to facilitate healthy self-regulation, performance, and wellbeing.

Opportunities For Students

My lab is dedicated to fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment for everyone.

Opportunities for graduate students: I will be accepting graduate students for the coming application cycle. If more information is needed prior to submitting the application, please email me.

Opportunities for undergraduate students: Research assistants are integral to the development and success of all ongoing projects. Students will gain hands-on experience in high-quality research on all critical aspects of a project, including study development, data collection and processing, and dissemination of findings (such as conference presentations). These research experiences are not only applicable to a wide array of professions but also enhance students’ competitive edge when pursuing postgraduate studies or seeking employment opportunities. If the focus of the lab is of interest to you, please do not hesitate to contact me via email.



PhD, Brandeis University

Postdoctoral training, Yale University


Selected Publications

Lohani,  M., Pfund, G. N., Bono, T., & Hill, P. L. (2023). Starting school with purpose: Self-regulatory strategies of first-semester university students. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being.

Lohani, M., Dutton, S. , & Elsey, J. S. (2022). A day in the life of a college student during the COVID-19 pandemic: An experience sampling approach to emotion regulation. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being.

Lohani,  M., Cooper, J., Erickson, G., Simmons, T., McDonnell, A., Crabtree, K., & Strayer, D.L. (2021).  No difference in arousal or cognitive demands between manual and partially automated driving: A multi-method on-road study. Frontiers in Neuroscience. 15, 627.

Lohani,  M., Cooper, J., Erickson, G., Simmons, T., McDonnell, A., Crabtree, K., & Strayer, D.L. (2020).  Driver arousal and workload under partial vehicle automation:  A pilot study.  Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting.

Lohani,  M., Payne B.R., & Strayer D. L. (2019).  A review of psychophysiological measures in driving research to assess cognitive state in real-world context. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience , 13, 57.

Lohani,  M., Payne, B.R., & Isaacowitz, D. M. (2018). Emotional coherence in early and later adulthood during sadness reactivity and regulation. Emotion.  18(6), 789-804.

Lohani,  M., Stokes, C. K., Oden, K. B., Frazier, S. J., Landers, K. J., Craven, P. L., Lawton, D., McCoy, M., & Macannuco, D. J. (2017). The impact of non-technical skills on trust and stress. Proceedings of the 2017 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human- Robot Interaction, 191-192.

Lohani, M., Stokes, C., McCoy, M., Bailey, C. A., & Rivers, S. E. (2016). Social interaction moderates human-robot trust-reliance relationship and improves stress coping. Proceedings of 11thACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, 471-472.

Lohani,  M. & Isaacowitz, D.M. (2014). Age differences in managing response to sadness elicitors using attentional deployment, positive reappraisal, and suppression. Cognition & Emotion, 28(4), 678–697

Lohani, M., Larcom, M. J., & Isaacowitz, D. M. (2014). Happier & older? Age-related effects on positive emotion. In Gruber, J. & Moskowitz, J. (Eds.). Positive emotion: Integrating the light sides and dark sides (pp. 246–266). Oxford University Press.


Graduate Students

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Last Updated: 10/2/23