The department of psychology is excited to introduce Dr. Emily Kappenman. Trained as a cognitive neuroscientist, she received her Ph.D. and postdoctoral training from the Center for Mind & Brain at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Kappenman’s research is broadly focused on cognition, emotion, their interactions, and their neural substrates in typical healthy people, and how these processes are disrupted in clinical disorders, including anxiety and schizophrenia. Her research leverages cognitive neuroscience techniques, including EEG, event-related potentials (ERPs), and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) to answer these questions. Dr. Kappenman is also highly engaged in the development and dissemination of EEG, ERP, and tDCS methods, including the development of tools and resources to facilitate the use of these techniques across the field. As part of her effort, Dr. Kappenman is co-director of the ERP Boot Camp, an NIMH-funded 10 day intensive training workshop on ERPs held each year.
Dr. Kappenman will be setting up a laboratory to use human electrophysiology and brain stimulation to further her efforts to understand cognition and emotion across the spectrum of psychopathology. Dr. Kappenman is especially interested in working with motivated undergraduate students at SDSU and is currently recruiting Ph.D. and master’s students.