Andra Geana

Assistant Professor, Psychology and Neuroscience
Ph.D., Princeton University

What are your thoughts on teaching?
I keep in mind three principles in my teaching and student mentorship:

  1. reducing anxiety and building confidence in my students, so they can enjoy learning and hopefully minimize the mental health side effects that can often occur in academia
  2. structuring classes and projects in a way that lets everyone explore and discover what they love most about psychology and neuroscience, and
  3. always keeping in mind the service goal of research and learning–why do we pursue these courses and questions, and how can our education and our work improve things for ourselves, others, or society as a whole?

Tell us about your field of expertise.
Computational cognitive neuroscience, computational psychiatry, the psychology and neuroscience of learning and decision-making

What hobbies/interests do you enjoy outside of academia?
I love ice-skating and celebrate whenever the downtown rink opens for the winter season. I also love watching the artistic skating sections of winter Olympics; that and dressage competitions are my go-to TV when I need to relax. There’s something wonderfully soothing about watching people and animals show off their amazing skills to a happy music soundtrack.