Graduate Students

Ph.D. Students

Joshua Upshaw‘s interests involve investigating the neural correlates related to the constructs of mindfulness, creativity, and imagination. Specifically, how these areas can be applied to aspects within the educational, organizational, and aging population contexts. Joshua graduated from the University of Arkansas with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Business Management. In his spare time, he enjoys practicing and teaching yoga in the community, kickboxing, meditating, reading, and being outside in the garden or on a river.

Stephanie Kane‘s research interest lies in investigating the neural correlates of mind-wandering and creativity, and how these constructs vary by psychopathology. In particular, her aim is to understand the relationship between these cognitive processes, while utilizing mindfulness meditation as a well-being mechanism to point to intervention targets in individuals with mental health disorders. To investigate these interests, she uses behavioral and electrophysiological (EEG) approaches. Stephanie graduated from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with an M.S. in Psychological Science. In her free time, she enjoys reading, practicing mindfulness meditation, going on walks, and spending time with her daughter and husband.

                                                                                                                                                                                         Kent Hubertinterests involve investigating real-world creativity and innovation and the neural correlates related to these constructs. Specifically, how these constructs differ from creativity tested in a lab setting. Kent graduated from Drexel University with a BS in Psychology and a minor in Economics. In his spare time, he enjoys playing video games, baking, and hiking.



Carl E. Stevens, Jr., Ph.D.‘s research goals mainly revolve around using neurophysiological measurements to guide the development of technological applications that are aimed at improving individuals’ cognitive, creative, and even physical performance in numerous arenas. The use of EEG in these pursuits is of particular interest to him, as are neuro/bio-feedback, neuromodulation, and machine learning. He is also enthusiastic about incorporating emerging technologies, such as virtual reality, in my research. Carl’s past research projects include: designing/building/programming a social robot for ASD interventions; the development of an Aruduino-based system for displaying visual stimuli (LED matrix) and recording responses from live retinal cells; and improving the commonly-used but flawed control method (“sham” condition) in tDCS research (dissertation work). Carl’s personal interests include coding and working with electronics/robots (just for the fun of it), writing, cooking, creating and listening to music, sports, and last but not least, spending time with his beautiful family.