Grace Goodwin


Grace Goodwin received a B.A. in Psychology and Dance from Loyola Marymount University. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science (MS) Degree in Psychological Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She works with Dr. Wendy Heller in the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience of Psychopathology (CANOPY) Lab, Dr. Barbey in the Decision Neuroscience Lab, and Dr. Karen Rudolph in the Family Studies Lab.

Research Interests

  • traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • network neuroscience
  • neuropsychology
  • anxiety
  • developmental psychopathology

Research Description

I am interested in cognitive and emotional rehabilitation and the neural plasticity that supports it across the life span and across domains of function. I am taking a variety of perspectives on this topic. TBI is an example of a traumatic disruption in brain function at structural and functional levels and challenges an individual to adjust and adapt to such alterations. Mindset, in contrast, is a characteristic set of beliefs about the world that individuals at any age may hold and is believed to be malleable to some degree. Research into how to change mindset is an angle on transforming neural pathways involved in perception and interpretation, subsequent representation of experiences, and memory formation in a way that reduces risk and increases resilience to mental and physical challenges.

I am pursuing these interests through my lab work in The Decision Neuroscience Lab, the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience of Psychopathology (CANOPY) Lab, and the Family Studies Lab. My work in the Decision Neuroscience Lab focuses on mild TBI (mTBI) research and aims to correlate post-injury functional connectivity changes in the brain with patients’ symptoms, cognitive deficits, likelihood of prolonged complaints post mTBI, and capacity for recovery. We use a variety of techniques including resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) neuropsychological assessment, and self-report measures. My goal is to predict cognitive functioning six-months post-injury based on patient’s test scores and imaging data at injury onset.

My research in the CANOPY Lab and Family Studies Lab investigates childhood emotional development in adolescence. We utilize a variety of self-report measures in conjunction with task-based and resting-state fMRI to examine mindset, mood, executive function, and their relationship with brain structure and function. I hope to gain insight into the psychological and neural mechanisms associated with change in emotion mindsets and its role in the development of psychopathology.


Loyola Marymount University (BA)