Erik Knight Wing, M.A.

Primary office:
Fraser Hall, 319


I’m a doctoral candidate at the University of Kansas working with Dr. Stephen Ilardi in the TLC (Therapeutic Lifestyle Change) Lab.   I grew up in Bloomington, MN and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012 with a degree in psychology and marketing.  Before coming to Kansas in 2014, I worked for two years as a lab manager at the University of Denver, working with Dr. Kateri McRae and Dr. Jeremy Reynolds.  In my free time, I enjoy playing basketball (decently), playing golf (poorly), and everything and anything Game of Thrones.

My current research interests concern the relationship between mind-wandering and affective dynamics.  Although most everyone mind-wanders (i.e. daydreams), there is variability in the frequency and content of off-task thought that is predictive of maladaptive emotional consequences.  I’m interested in the individual differences responsible for this variance in mind-wandering profiles, as well as mapping the evidence for mind-wandering as a foundation in the development of psychopathology, particularly in major depression.

I’m also aiding in the development of new treatment and prevention approaches to major depression.  One project is TLC 3.0 protocol development with Dr. Stephen Ilardi.  TLC is a lifestyle-based skills program for MDD focusing on the implementation of changes to six key areas of functioning: nutrition, sleep, anti-rumination strategies, light exposure, social contact, and exercise.  A separate project, with Dr. Evangelia Chrysikou, utilizes fMRI to investigate the use of tDCS in supplementing cognitive emotion regulation in MDD populations. 

My clinical experience includes outpatient therapy at the University of Kansas Psychological Clinic as well as the provision of inpatient psychiatric services at the University of Kansas Medical Center. I've taught several courses at the University of Kansas, including clinical neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, and cognitive neuroscience online.  I've also developed a new online course offering for the University of Kansas in clinical neuroscience. I am currently applying to clinical internships for the 2019-2020 internship year.

Selected Publications

Song, Y., Jordan, J., Shaffer, K., Wing, E. K., McRae, K., Waugh, C. (in press). Effects of incidental positive emotion and cognitive reappraisal on affective responses to negative stimuli. Cognition and Emotion.

Heller, A. S., Fox, A. S., Wing, E. K., McQuistion, K. M., Vack, N. J., & Davison, R. J. (2015). The neurodynamics of affect in the laboratory predicts persistence of real-world emotional responses. The Journal of Neuroscience, 35(29), 10503-10509. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0569-15.2015

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