About me

My name is Kate Petrova. I am a Ph.D. student in Psychology at Stanford University. I study how people think about and regulate their own and others' emotions.

My most recent work focuses on the regulatory consequences of paying attention to emotional experiences under acute stress. I am currently working on projects examining the role of causal reasoning in shaping subjective experiences of emotion and guiding regulation.

My other line of work focuses on interpersonal emotion regulation. In particular, I am curious about the reasons why people often excel at helping others regulate negative emotions even as they struggle to regulate their own.

My other interests include lay theories of emotion, empathic processes in virtual communication, and the development of emotion regulation across the lifespan.

Education

2021 2026

STANFORD UNIVERSITY

Ph.D. in Psychology

2016 2020

BRYN MAWR COLLEGE

B.A. in Psychology, Minor in Neuroscience

EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING

2020 2021

HARVARD STUDY OF ADULT DEVELOPMENT

Research assistant

  • Conducted independent research

  • Participated in planning and goal-setting for the study

  • Coordinated multi-site data processing and analyses

2017 2020

BRYN MAWR COLLEGE

Research assistant, Department of Psychology

Schulz lab

  • Worked on 2 supervised research projects (including conceptualization, data analysis, and manuscript preparation)

  • Assisted with conceptualization, data analyses, and manuscript preparation for 10+ projects conducted by other members of the lab

2018

UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA

Intern, Department of Psychology

Kable lab

  • Participated in a collaborative learning project aimed at developing basic fMRI data-analytic skills

  • Praxis Independent Study course

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