Emily Polander

M.S., a.b.d.

Emily graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from Wright State University in 2008. She entered the Wright State Industrial/Organizational and Human Factors graduate program that same year and began working before the academic year started as a research assistant funded by a National Science Foundation grant to examine gender stereotypes in academia. Emily initially focused on Industrial/Organizational Psychology and earned her Master’s thesis, which examined academic faculty-to-faculty mentoring relationships, in Summer 2010.

After completing her Master’s thesis, Emily shifted her focus to Human Factors Psychology and began work on her dissertation, “Mental Models of Hypertension Patients,” where she is currently conducting interviews with patients at a local free clinic to learn more about their understanding of hypertension and their daily health decisions. Her research interests include patient education, analogical reasoning, medical cognition, decision-making, and social media analysis.

Emily has presented her research at several conferences around the U.S. and she received the Graduate Student Excellence Award in 2012. She is currently working as a Cognitive Scientist at Applied Research Associates while she continues her dissertation work.

In her spare time, Emily enjoys traveling, photography, and Latin dancing.