Finola Eileen Kane-Grade, BA

Postgraduate Associate

Departments & Organizations

Chawarska Lab



Finola Kane-Grade graduated with comprehensive honors from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2016 with a B.A. in Psychology and Music Performance – Flute. While at the University of Wisconsin, she was a research assistant for four years at the Child Emotion Research Laboratory under the direction of Dr. Seth Pollak, where she conducted research focused on children’s emotional development using eye-tracking and psychophysiological methods. In this lab, Finola completed a Hilldale senior honors thesis about the effects of positive and negative affect on short-term perceptual learning, and a Welton sophomore honors thesis on emotion regulation and empathic response in middle childhood. In addition, Finola worked as a Conte Center fellow studying the early neurodevelopmental origins of anxiety, and she did so by conducting clinical diagnostic interviews and temperament assessments. She also worked for over three years as a research assistant at the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds under the direction of Dr. Richard Davidson, studying healthy qualities of mind such as kindness, compassion, forgiveness, and mindfulness. In addition, she worked for over two years as a research assistant at the Wisconsin Twin Project under the direction of Dr. Hill Goldsmith, studying genetic and environmental features of emotional development from infancy through adolescence.

Education & Training

BA University of Wisconsin - Madison, Psychology, Music Performance (2016)

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