Dansie, a native of East Carbon, Utah, earned her bachelors degree in psychology with a minor in biology at Southern Utah University. While there, she participated in undergraduate research, and was looking for more research opportunities for her graduate work.

“As an undergraduate, I became very interested in research on emotions, and I found that Utah State has a strong program in experimental and applied psychological science,” said Dansie. “When I found Professors Tamara Ferguson, who focused on emotion research, and Jamison Fargo, a statistician who became a huge influence and support for me, I made my decision.”

At Utah State, Dansie had the opportunity to learn, teach, and dive head-on into emotion research, including her study on fear. She is continuing her work as a research associate at the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University.