Emily V. Fair, M.A.

Doctoral Student, Biobehavioral Health
(202) 329-2408
Email: euf251@psu.edu


Education

2023
Ph.D. Biobehavioral Health
Pennsylvania State University (degree in process, expected 2023)
State College, PA
2018
M.A. Psychological Sciences
The Catholic University of America
Washington, DC
2016
M.A. Thanatology
Hood College
Frederick, MD
1996
B.A. Psychology (minor: Sociology)
Georgetown University
Washington, DC

 

Fellowships, Honors & Awards

2018
Recipient, Dean’s Distinguished Graduate Fellowship, Pennsylvania State University
2018
Recipient, Best Graduate Research Poster, The Catholic University of America
2016
Recipient, Donna Mowry ’98, M.A. ’07 Thanatology Award, Hood College
2016
Lifetime Member, Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology

 

Presentations

Fair, E., Russell, M.A., & Smyth, J.M. (May, 2019). Associations of Alexithymic Symptoms and Negative Affect with Symptom Severity in the Everyday Lives of Patients with Asthma or Rheumatoid Arthritis. Poster presented at the 2019 Association for Psychological Science Annual Conference, Washington, DC.

Fair, E., Parker, A., & Adleman, N.E. (March, 2019). Associations Between Self-reported Interoceptive Reactivity, Emotion Regulation, Attentional Control & Cognitive Control. Poster presented at the 2019 Anxiety & Depression Association of America Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.

Fair, E., Parker, A., & Adleman, N.E. (April, 2018). Interoception and Cognitive Processing. 2018 University Research Day, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.

Torres, R., Houser, K., Kreisler, E., Rizkalla, R., Rizkalla, R., Rossetto, J., Degnan, K. & Fair, E. (April, 2018). The Physiology of Positive Risk Taking. 2018 University Research Day, Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.

Fair, E., Kiser, S.A., & Adleman, N.E. (April, 2018). Relationship Between Depressive Symptoms, Anxiety, Stress and Implicit Learning. 2018 University Research Day, Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.

Fair, E. (November, 2017). The Bidirectional Relationship between Emotion and the Immune System and its Effects on Social Cognition presented at the Association for Psychological Science (APS) student chapter at the Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.

Manuscripts in Preparation

Fair, E.V., Parker, A., & Adleman, N.E. (In Preparation for Cognition & Emotion) Associations Between Self-reported Interoceptive Reactivity, Emotion Regulation, Attention Regulation & Cognitive Control.

Fair, E.V.; Russell, M.A and Smyth, J.M. (in preparation) Associations of Alexithymia, Social Experiences, and Affect with Symptom Severity in the Everyday Lives of Patients with Asthma or Rheumatoid Arthritis

Research & Teaching Experience

08/2018-Present
Graduate Research Assistant, Russell Laboratory
Penn State University
Mentor: Michael A. Russell, Ph.D.
Research Project: Associations Between Self-Perceived Interoceptive Awareness of Autonomic Nervous System Reactivity, Positive and Negative Affect and Drinking Behavior
Primary Investigator: Emily Fair, MA & Michael A. Russell, Ph.D
This study utilized ecological momentary assessment and wearable alcohol
monitoring technology to examine the associations between self-reported
interoceptive awareness of autonomic nervous system reactivity, positive and
negative affect, and drinking behavior.
10/2016-5/2018
Graduate Research Assistant, Cognitive & Affective Neurosciences Lab
The Catholic University of America
Mentor: Nancy Adleman, Ph.D.Research Project: Interoception & Cognitive Processing
Primary Investigators: Emily Fair, M.A., Alyssa J. Parker, B.S., & Nancy Adleman, Ph.D. This study is an examination of the effects of individual differences interoceptive awareness of autonomic nervous system reactivity and cognitive processingResearch Project: Individual Differences in Implicit Learning
Primary Investigators: Nancy Adleman, Ph.D. & Seth Kiser, Ph.D.
This study investigates how learning, memory and related cognitive functions differ from person to person based on individual experiences, mood and personality. This study looks at how specific forms of cognitive function vary according to individual differences in temperament.
• Serve as primary manager for study
• Duties include advertising, recruitment, scheduling and resource management of research assistants and participants, management of participant compensation, data integrity management, and overall study progress management

fMRI Class Research Project: Influence of Emotional Processing on Word Recognition
Primary Investigators: Emily Fair, M.A., Alyssa Parker, B.S., J. Vivian Dickens, Maxwell Graham-Putter. This study is to investigate whether the emotional valence of words modulates word recognition using a visual lexical decision task. Recognition of negatively valence words are compared to that of neutral words.
• Duties include research proposal development
• Word/pseudo word identification/creation
• e-prime task development
• fMRI data collection using classmates as subjects
• fMRI data preprocessing and analysis using MATLAB, SPM, Artworks

Research Project: Short Term Changes in Cognition & Emotion
Primary Investigators: Katherine McMorran, M.A. & Nancy Adleman, Ph.D.
This study is an examination of the relationship between changes in attention,
rumination, mindfulness, depressive cognitions and mood following a brief
mindful breathing intervention.
• Duties include scheduling and resource management of fellow research assistants
• Run experiments on human subjects that explore the effects of daily meditation on attention
• Creation of training, scripts and procedural documents as needed

9/2017-present
Graduate Research Assistant, Positive Development Lab
The Catholic University of America
Mentor: Kathryn Degnan, Ph.D.
• Served as psychophysiology team lead
• Establishment of physiological measurement protocols for the labTeaching & Curriculum Development
• Responsible for training a team of undergraduate research assistants in psychophysiological theories and methods and how to use these measures in reward and risk-taking tasks
• Psychophysiology curriculum development for undergraduate research assistants, protocols, physiological measurement procedures
• Psychophysiology curriculum development for Applied Experimental Psychology Ph.D. program.

 

Clinical Experience

2017-2018
Vitas Healthcare
Hospice Volunteer

• Provide companion care for patients with terminal diseases such as cerebral atherosclerosis, vascular dementia, gliomas and other terminal diseases
• Care includes spending time with patients, feeding, monitoring for changes in condition/medication side effects
• Advocating additional support as needed
2015-2016
Hood College Department of Psychology & Counseling
Graduate Volunteer

• Served as planning committee member, co-host and facilitator for campus and community discussion group on end-of-life concerns such as advance directives, healthcare powers of attorney and practical concerns regarding end-of-life decisions
• Marketing outreach to publicize department activities, including social media and traditional marketing
• Supported participants ranging in age from 18-85, and included students and members of the community
2015-2016
Co-Facilitator, Trainer: Grief Training for Resident Assistants
• Coordinated the first grief and bereavement training seminar for resident assistants
• Developed training designed to help resident assistants identify, support and address bereaved undergraduates
• Developed course curriculum, handouts and scripting
• Led and facilitated group discussions and role-plays
2002
Wendt Center for Loss & Healing
Camp Forget-Me-Not Volunteer & Buddy

• Assigned as a buddy for a child with a history of loss (caregiver death or incarceration)
• Provided emotional support via discussion and play/activities
• Supported children with exploring their feelings about their loss with activities to create tributes to their loved ones

 

Training & Certifications

2018-present
Weekly seminars on Intensive Longitudinal Data analysis methodology
2019
RISE: Ethics Training for Researchers
2016-2018
CITI Social & Behavioral Research, Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)
2016-2018
Protecting Human Research Subjects, NIH Office of Extramural Research
2017
First Aid/CPR/AED Certification, American Red Cross

 

Professional Memberships

2018-present
Society of Behavioral Medicine
2018-present
Association for Psychological Science
2016-present
American Psychological Association
2018-present
APA Division 6 – Society for Behavioral Neuroscience & Comparative Psychology
2018-present
APA Division 38 – Health Psychology
2018-present
APA Division 56 – Society for Addiction Psychology
2015-present
Association for Death Education and Counseling

 

Software & Databases

MS VISIO, MS Project, Microsoft Office, SharePoint, e-Prime, SPSS, SPSS Syntax, PROCESS, e-Merge, SAS, Nexus-10, Mindware, BioPAC, MatLab, SPM12, Artworks, EEGLAB, ERPToolkit, BioSemi Active Two EEG System, RedCap, Scramnet Alcohol Monitoring Systems

Relevant Coursework

Cognitive & Affective Neurosciences Biological & Cognitive Foundations of Psychology Functional MRI Theory & Practice
Experimental Techniques in EEG/Event Related Potentials Multiple Regression Bayesian Estimation
Biofeedback Neuropsychology GIMME
Theories & Principles of Counseling Developmental Perspectives in Thanatology Supporting Child Grief
Counseling the Bereaved Hospice: History, Principles and Administration Cultural & Historical Perspectives in Thanatology
Cognitive & Affective Neurosciences Biological & Cognitive Foundations of Psychology
Functional MRI Theory & Practice Experimental Techniques in EEG/Event Related Potentials
Multiple Regression Neuropsychology
Biofeedback Health & Aging
Cognitive Development Theories & Principles of Counseling
Developmental Perspectives in Thanatology Supporting Child Grief
Counseling the Bereaved Hospice: History, Principles and Administration
Cultural & Historical Perspectives in Thanatology Bayesian Estimation & GIMME