Hannah Raila
  • Title
    • Assistant Teaching Professor
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Psychology Department
  • Phone
    831-459-5084 (messages)
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Social Sciences 2, 247
  • Office Hours (Fall 2023) (Zoom) Mon., 10am - 11 am; Zoom: 831 526 6022 ; Passcode: 123
  • Mail Stop Psychology Faculty Services
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Psychology
  • Courses PSYC 1: Introduction to Psychology, PSYC 170: Abnormal Psychology, PSYC 179E: Psychology of Emotion

Summary of Expertise

Links beteween emotion and cognition; visual attention; applying cognitive tools (e.g., eye tracking, CFS) to the study of emotion; obsessive-compulsive disorder; cognitive behavioral therapy.

Research Interests

Dr. Hannah Raila is interested in the "diet" of visual information that we consume as we navigate the world (e.g., do we see the crack in the wall, or do we pass by it unaware?), the factors that predispose us to detect this emotional information in our environment the first place, and how this diet of information influences our emotions. To study our visual biases and how they relate to how we feel, she leverages tools from cognitive psychology - including eye tracking and continuous flash suppression (CFS). More recently, she has become particularly interested in links between visual attention and emotion in OCD and related disorders, including how virtual reality environments can enhance treatment.

Biography, Education and Training

Postdoctoral fellowship, Stanford University

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Yale University

B.A. in Psychology, Dartmouth College

Selected Publications

Raila, H., Julian, M., Lebowitz, E., & Silverman, W. (2020).  Failure to launch: Separating from the mothership through a coordinated treatment for agoraphobia.  Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, advance online publication.

Lewis, E.J., Blanco-Martinez, I., Raila, H., & Joormann, J. (2019).  Does repetitive negative thinking affect attention? Differential effects of worry and rumination on attention to emotional stimuli. Emotion, 19, 1450-1462.

Rodriguez-Guzman, J., Ramos, M.A., Silva, M., Mata, D.A., Raila, H., Rohrbaugh, R., & Barkil-Oteo, A. (2018). Training health professional students as lay counselors to treat depression in a student-run free clinic.  Journal of Student-Run Clinics, 4, 1-7.

Raila, H., Scholl, B.J., & Gruber, J. (2015). Seeing the world through rose-colored glasses: People who are happy and satisfied with life preferentially attend to positive stimuli. Emotion, 15, 449-462. 

Whalen, P.J., Raila, H., Bennett, R., Mattek, A., Brown, A., Taylor, J., VanTieghem, M., Tanner, A., Miner, M. & Palmer, A. (2013). Neuroscience and facial expressions of emotion: The role of amygdala-prefrontal interactions.  Emotion Review, 5, 78-83.

Hechtman, L.A., Raila, H., Chiao, J.Y., & Gruber, J. (2013). Positive emotion regulation and psychopathology: A cultural neuroscience approach. The Journal of Experimental Psychopathology, 4, 502-528.