Erik Wing

B.B.A. Psychology & Marketing (2012) University of Wisconsin-Madison
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I’m a first year clinical graduate student working with Dr. Steve Ilardi in the TLC Lab.   I grew up in Bloomington, MN and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012 with a degree in psychology and marketing.  Before coming to Kansas in 2014, I worked for two years as a lab manager at the University of Denver, working with Dr. Kateri McRae and Dr. Jeremy Reynolds.  In my free time, I enjoy playing basketball (decently), playing golf (poorly), and everything and anything Game of Thrones.

My current research interests concern the relationship between mind wandering and affective dynamics.  Although most everyone mind wanders (i.e. daydreams), there is variability in the frequency and content of off-task thought that is predictive of maladaptive emotional consequences.  I’m interested in the individual differences responsible for this variance in mind wandering profiles, as well as mapping the evidence for mind wandering as a foundation in the development of psychopathology, particularly in major depression.

I’m also aiding in the development of new treatment and prevention approaches to major depression.  Current projects include TLC 3.0, as well as a mindfulness-based TLC intervention designed for adolescent populations.

Awards: University of Kansas Chancellor’s Doctoral Fellowship (2014)


Heller, A. S., Fox, A. S., Wing, E. K., McQuisition, K. M., Vack, N. J., & Davidson, R. J. (2015). The Neurodynamics of Affect in the Laboratory Predicts Persistence of Real-World Emotional Responses. The Journal of Neuroscience,35(29), 10503-10509. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0569-15.2015 


Draghici, A. M., Wing, E. K., & McRae, K. (2014, May).

Disengaging self-focus during cognitive reappraisal results in more efficient down-regulation of negative emotion. Poster at the 26th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science.

Draghici, A. M., Wing, E. K., & McRae, K. (2014, April). Jailbreaking cognitive reappraisal: a self vs. other manipulation. Poster at Meeting of the Social and Affective Neuroscience Society.

Wing, E. K., Waugh, C. E., McRae, K. (2014, February). The Effect of

Positive Emotion on Cognitive Emotion Regulation. Blitz Talk at Emotion Pre-Conference for Society for Personality and Social Psychology Conference.

Ankeny, L. D., Wing, E. K., Reynolds, J. R. (2013, May). The Role of the rostro-lateral PFC in Subgoal Processing: An fMRI Approach. Poster at Association for Psychological Science Convention.

Heller, A. S., Wing, E. K., Mayer, K., Fox, A. S., Vack, N. J., Davidson,

R. J. (2012, October). Temporal Dynamics of Emotion and fMRI. Poster at Society for Neuroscience Conference.

Wing, E. K., Heller, A., Davidson, R. J. (2012, May). Ecological

Momentary Assessment and Retrospective Self-Report of Affective Style.  Thesis Presentation at Annual Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience Meeting.

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