Erik Wing

M.A. Psychology (2017) University of Kansas
B.B.A. Psychology & Marketing (2012) University of Wisconsin-Madison
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I’m a doctoral candidate at the University of Kansas working with Dr. Stephen Ilardi in the TLC (Therapeutic Lifestyle Change) 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.  One project is TLC 3.0 protocol development with Dr. Stephen Ilardi.  TLC is a lifestyle-based skills program for MDD focusing on the implementation of changes to six key areas of functioning: nutrition, sleep, anti-rumination strategies, light exposure, social contact, and exercise.  A separate project, with Dr. Evangelia Chrysikou, utilizes fMRI to investigate the use of tDCS in supplementing cognitive emotion regulation in MDD populations. 

My clinical experience includes outpatient therapy at the University of Kansas Psychological Clinic as well as the provision of inpatient psychiatric services at the University of Kansas Medical Center. I've taught several courses at the University of Kansas, including clinical neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, and cognitive neuroscience online.  I've also developed a new online course offering for the University of Kansas in clinical neuroscience. I am currently applying to clinical internships for the 2019-2020 internship year.


Selected Publications

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 

Song, Y., Jordan, J., Shaffer, K., Wing, E. K., McRae, K., Waugh, C. (in press). Effects of incidental positive emotion and cognitive reappraisal on affective responses to negative stimuli. Cognition and Emotion.    

Selected Presentations

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.

Selected Awards & Honors

University of Kansas, Graduate Studies Research Support Award (2018)

University of Kansas Chancellor’s Doctoral Fellowship (2014)

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