Department Newsletter | Faculty Spotlight

Jessica Hanna-Andrews, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science

Dr. Hanna-Andrews is the newest addition to our faculty arriving at the UA in January from the University of Colorado Boulder.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to join the Department of Psychology and the Cognitive Science Program.  What a wonderful community of faculty, staff, postdocs and students I have the pleasure to call my academic family at UA!  I direct the Neuroscience of Emotion and Thought (NET) Laboratory, currently being built on the 4th floor.  I find the hidden nature of the human mind fascinating, and my lab’s research uses behavioral and neuroimaging techniques to seek insight into the day-to-day thoughts, memories, and emotions that make us unique as individuals.  One branch of our work explores the benefits of spontaneous thoughts (or “mind-wandering”) for creativity, memory, prospection, and social well-being.  Another branch explores the nature and consequences of intrusive/ruminative thoughts in depression and anxiety.  An ultimate goal of the lab to develop interventions to help individuals harness the benefits of internally-guided cognition, and lead happier, healthier lives.  I look forward to getting to know everyone this Spring, and am excited to co-teach a Neuroscience/Cognitive Science survey course (NSCS 200) as part of the Cognitive Science Program.  I am also eager to experience the culture and great food Tucson has to offer, and can’t wait to explore Tucson and its surroundings by foot, bike, boat, or maybe even by ski...”