Maya Marder


Maya is a first year doctoral student working with Dr. Wendy Heller. Following a slightly unconventional path, Maya pursued a B.A. in Architecture from Columbia University, and worked as an architect, a pastry chef specializing in sugar & chocolate showpiece design, and in business development before turning to Psychology. Prior to UIUC, Maya served as the Lab Coordinator for the Neuroscience, Emotion, Cognition & Psychopathology lab at Stony Brook University, supervised by Dr. Aprajita Mohanty. Focusing on the neural correlates of threat perception in anxiety, Maya quickly gravitated towards the intersection of neural function and emotional expression.

In her free time, Maya loves traveling, soccer & basketball, singing & dancing, cooking (but mostly eating), drawing, a good Netflix binge and being near the water. 


Research Interests

Neural mechanisms of worry and rumination

How does repetitive, negative thought affect our decision-making and perception of the world around us? 

What are the differences in the ways worry and rumination affect different populations?

How do these factors influence internal & external identity formation and emotional expression?


Columbia University, Architecture and Urban Studies, B.A.

Additional Campus Affiliations

Stony Brook University

Highlighted Publications

Im, S., Marder, M., Imbriano, G., Mohanty, A. (2019). Dispositional Mindfulness Moderates the Effects of Brief Mindfulness Intervention on Emotional Face Perception. Under Review: Emotion. 

Donaldson, Kayla R., Novak, Keisha D., Foti, D., Marder, M., Perlman, G. Kotov, R., Mohanty, A. (2018). Predictive Coding in Psychosis: Deficits in Mismatch Negativity are Associated with Psychotic Symptoms Transdiagnostically. Under Review: Journal of Abnormal Psychology.