Kathleen Willoughby


Angie Willoughby received her B.S. in Psychology from Brigham Young University in 2017. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science (MS) Degree in Psychological Science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She is working with Drs. Wendy Heller and Edelyn Verona (University of South Florida) in the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience of Psychopathology (CANOPY) lab.

Research Interests

  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Aging
  • Neurodegeneration

Research Description

At the University of Illinois, I am part of a research team that examines the role of cognition and emotion in risk and resilience for psychopathology. I am primarily involved in a project exploring how individuals with a history of aggression respond to sustained stress. We use measures of brain activity (EEG) to gain insight into the cognitive and physiological processes associated with the relationship between aggression and stress. In the future, I hope to focus on the neural mechanisms associated with cognition and emotion in aging.


Brigham Young University, BS 2017

University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, MS 2019