Gillian completed her MA in the SMART lab (2007-09) after a BSc in Math and Computer Science (Waterloo)  and working in industry as a database programmer. Her master’s thesis examined the effects of musical valence and arousal on recovery following an acute stressor (Sandstrom & Russo, 2010). She also helped to develop the Absorption in Music scale (Sandstrom & Russo, 2011), and contributed to work on direction of gaze during observation of song (Russo, Sandstrom & Maksimowski, 2011) and the prediction of felt emotion from physiological signals (Russo, Vempala & Sandstrom, 2013). She completed a Ph.D. with Elizabeth Dunn at UBC and is currently pursuing post-doctoral studies with Jason Rentfrow at Cambridge.