Stephanie Kern


Stephanie re-joined the University of Illinois to pursue her M.S. in Psychological Science after also receiving her B.S. from the University of Illinois. She is currently a Graduate Research Assistant in the PRISM Lab directed by Dr. Heidemarie Laurent. 


Research Interests

  • fMRI
  • Attention
  • Mindfulness

Research Description

My research interest lies in investigating the neurocognitive bases of well-being and attentional control. In particular, I aim to clarify how mindfulness – present moment, nonjudgmental awareness supports well-being by influencing cognitive processes such as mind-wandering (self-referential attention) and rumination (negatively focused self-referential attention). Through a multimethod model of research that involves functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and psychological assessment, I hope to provide insight into mechanisms that are outside of cognitive control while also pointing to intervention targets in individuals with mental health disorders.