I am a postdoctoral research associate at Washington University in Saint Louis in the Laboratory for Child Brain Development. I earned my PhD in Prevention Science at Washington State University working with Dr. Sammy Perone in the Lab for the Developing Mind @ WSU.   I  am a  Learn Inspire Foster Transform (LIFT) fellow trained instructor. 

I am interested in applying developmental science to real-world problems. My research uses a variety of methods ranging from interviews and surveys, to behavioral, eye-tracking, and EEG and NIRS.

Recently I have been study self-regulation as it relates to boredom.  Boredom is a common negative emotion that is associated with a variety of negative short-term and long-term outcomes (e.g., loss of motivation, increases in risk taking, increases in anxiety and depression). Identifying individual and contextual factors associated with regulating boredom in healthy ways may help us reduce these negative outcomes for students and employees. 


Alana Anderson, PhD

Psychiatry Department

Washington University School of Medicine


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