Caitlin Mills, PhD

Caitlin Mills joined UNH in 2018 as an assistant professor of psychology. She earned a B.A. in psychology from Christian Brothers University (2010), followed by a M.S. (2014) and Ph.D. (2016) from the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Mills then completed a two-year postdoc in the Psychology Department at the University of British Columbia. Her research mainly focuses on constructs related to mind wandering and engagement – in that, their neural correlates, relationship to affect, and impact on learning. Dr. Mills’ interdisciplinary research program incorporates theoretical and methodological approaches from cognitive psychology, computer science, cognitive neuroscience, and education. She is currently pursuing three main lines of research: 1) Using educationally relevant paradigms to characterize when mind wandering occurs and how it influences learning; 2) Building machine learning detectors that can predict and respond when someone goes off-task in real-time; and 3) Conducting studies to uncover the dynamic brain network interactions that give rise to spontaneous thought. Other ongoing research interests include how emotions and other affective states impact comprehension in educational contexts, such as complex problem solving and reading.

Lab members

Post-Doctoral Research Assistant

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Aaron Wong

1st Year Post-Doctoral Research Assistant

Ph.D. in Cognitive Science from Mississippi State University ‘20

B.S. in Psychology from University of California San Diego ‘09

B.A. in Mathematics from University of California San Diego ‘09

Grad Students

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Shelby Smith 

3rd Year PhD Student

M.A. in Cognitive Processes from Ball State University '18

B.A. in Psychology/Statistics from UNC Wilmington '16

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M. Cati Poulos

1st Year PhD Student

B.S. in Psychology from Mississippi State University '20

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Alex Colby

2nd Year PhD Student

B.A. in Psychology from Siena College '18

Undergrad Students

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Tyler Stetson

Research Assistant

B.S. Candidate in Neuroscience & Behavior '21

A.S. in Health Science from NHTI '19

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Ian Gliser

Research Assistant

B.S. Candidate in Neuroscience & Behavior '21

Cierra Cowan

Research Assistant

B.S. Candidate in Neuroscience & Behavior/English '20

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Lexi Loyed

Research Assistant

B.A. Candidate in Psychology '21

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Olivia Ucci

Research Assistant

B.A. Candidate in Psychology '21

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Morgan Flaherty

Research Assistant

B.A. Candidate in Psychology '23

Alix Ecker

Research Assistant

B.S. Candidate in Neuroscience & Behavior '21

Lab VIPs (Very Important Pets) 

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Millie Mills

Lab VIP

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Thea Creer

Lab VIP

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Josie 'JoJo' Allen

Lab VIP

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Foley O'Brien

Lab VIP

Lab Alumni

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Travis Horan

Research Assistant

B.S. in Neuroscience & Behavior from University of New Hampshire '19

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Laura Tilton

Research Assistant

B.A. in Psychology from University of New Hampshire '19

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Maddie Abeels

Research Assistant

B.A. in Psychology/Business from University of New Hampshire '19

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Sydney Eldridge

Research Assistant

B.A. in Psychology from University of New Hampshire '19

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Benton Edwards

Research Assistant

B.A. in Psychology from University of New Hampshire '19

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Jay Forgey-Carpenter

Research Assistant

B.A. in Neuroscience & Behavior from University of New Hampshire '20

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Heidi Martin

Post-bac Research Assistant

B.A. in Psychology from University of New Hampshire '19

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Catherine McGrath

Research Assistant

B.A. in Psychology from University of New Hampshire '20

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Jake Gagne

Post-bac Research Assistant

B.A. in Psychology from University of New Hampshire '19

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Lauren Flynn

Research Assistant

B.A. in Psychology/Human Development & Family Studies from University of New Hampshire '20