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PhD Profile: Katie Hoemann

Katie Hoemann, Psychology PhD candidate, sits down with the College of Science Graduate Program staff to talk about what it’s like to work and study at Northeastern University.

Describe your research.
I study the influence of language and culture on emotional experience, and their consequences for mental and physical health.

What is your favorite part about Northeastern?
I love the interdisciplinary attitude everyone has. I work with several researchers in engineering and computer science, and it is very collaborative and natural.

Why did you choose Northeastern?
I came to Northeastern to join the team of world-class emotion researchers in the Interdisciplinary Affective Science Laboratory.

What is your favorite part of Boston?
For my research, the intellectual resources available in this city are indispensable. In my free time, I love running around the Arnold Arboretum and Jamaica Pond.

What are the perks of being a Northeastern graduate student?
The academic environment is hard working: everyone around you helps facilitate your research and improve your experience through his or her support.

What advice would you give to an incoming graduate student?
Make friends outside your discipline! They will enrich your work and broaden your perspective.

What are your plans after degree completion?
I hope to pursue post-doctoral research using population-level data modeling to investigate how language can encourage healthier affective lives.

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