Eva Shiu, MPH / Research Project Coordinator

Eva is a Research Project Coordinator and works closely with Dr. Moskowitz on the MARIGOLD and LEAF projects.  She received her MPH from the University of Michigan and prior to joining Northwestern, she worked with a non-profit to promote cardiovascular/diabetes health within Chicago’s unique Asian communities.  She’s conducted public health research in Uganda, and is continuously interested in public health interventions for underserved populations.

What's your happy place?

Summer in Chicago, iced coffee, a really good book, and road trips.




Sarah Bassett / Doctoral Student

Sarah is a doctoral student in the Health Sciences Integrated Program working under Dr. Moskowitz. She is interested in the way that emotions impact physiology, and in the development and dissemination of positive affect interventions.

What's your happy place?

My happy place is running by the lake in the evenings.







Patricia Moreno, PhD / Post-Doctoral Fellow

Patty is a post-doctoral fellow supported through the National Cancer Institute (NCI) funded T32 training program, ‘Behavioral and Psychosocial Research Training in Cancer Prevention and Control.’ Her primary interests are resilience, coping, and ethnic minority status in the context of cancer, as well as psychoneuroimmunology and pathways by which psychosocial factors influence stress biology. She is interested in developing and tailoring interventions that foster meaning and purpose in life and maximize wellbeing in individuals facing cancer, particularly those with advanced or metastatic disease.

What's your happy place?

Holding my niece or nephew, the south of Chile, or lost in my thoughts

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Veronika Grote, BS / Research Project Coordinator

Veronika is a Research Project Coordinator working with Dr. Moskowitz on the ROSE and PEACE NU projects. Her research projects focus on integrating the positive psychology skills developed by Dr. Moskowitz into new patient populations. In particular, Veronika is interested in the use of mindfulness practices for stress management in patients undergoing medical treatment.  

What's your happy place?

Exploring new restaurants in my neighborhood.


Elaine Cheung, PhD / Research Assistant Professor

Elaine is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Social Sciences at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Elaine received her PhD in Social Psychology from Northwestern University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Medical Social Sciences at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Elaine’s research interests center on emotion regulation, social connection, and health. Her current research centers on the following four areas: 1) how positive psychological interventions can buffer stress across a range of life stressors, 2) the predictors and consequences of stress-related growth in couples after a major life event, 3) how people structure and navigate their social networks for emotion regulation, and 4) the development of burnout prevention interventions for physicians and medical trainees. Outside of the lab, she enjoys comedy writing, podcasts, and board games.

What's your happy place?

Summer in Chicago!


Elizabeth Addington, PhD / Assistant Professor

Elizabeth is a clinical health psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Social Sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Her goal is to improve the wellbeing of cancer survivors and others affected by chronic illness. She is especially interested in identifying how positive emotions, yoga and mindfulness can improve psychosocial and physical health, along with developing web-based platforms and other strategies to increase patients’ and caregivers’ access to these evidence-based tools.

What's your happy place?

Laughing with my family and friends, spending time outdoors.


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Ian Kwok, MA / PhD Student

Ian is PhD student in the clinical psychology program. His research with Dr. Moskowitz centers around high-tech, high-touch paradigms, such as developing online interventions for individuals with chronic illness. His broader goal is to further our understanding of positive emotion and empathy, and the ways in which they can help people cope with stressful life circumstances.

What's your happy place?

My kindle and a bag of kettle chips on a Friday night.