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Walker Pendersen
Walker S. Pedersen
Former Postdoctoral Research Associate, Center for Healthy Minds

Dates of Employment: August 2017 - April 2021

Walker is a former postdoctoral research associate at the Center who studied how the brain processes emotion and how emotion impacts cognition and social evaluation. Walker specializes in a variety of neuroscience techniques including functional, structural and resting state MRI, as well as EEG and other psychophysiological measures. Much of his recent work has focused on the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis, an area of the brain that has been implicated in stress and anxiety. Understanding how the brain processes these negative emotions is a critical step in developing treatments for psychopathology and promoting well-being.


A.S., Salt Lake Community College

B.S., Brigham Young University

M.S., University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

What does well-being mean to me?

"Spending time on the activities and people you love."