School Psychology Ph.D. Students

Emily Hattouni

Emily Hattouni


Personal Summary

Emily Hattouni is a third year doctoral student in the School Psychology Program working under the advisement of Dr. Jacqueline Brown. She grew up in a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota before earning a B.S. degree in Psychology from the University of South Dakota.  During her undergraduate degree, she completed an Honors thesis that sparked her research interest in the applications of mindfulness. Specifically, she is interested in mindfulness and other interventions related to positive psychology applied within an ecological framework of the education system. During her undergraduate degree, Emily was involved in an array of student organizations, including leadership roles in the book club and sustainability club. She now volunteers for a local afterschool program.


University of South Dakota - B.S. Psychology

Research Interests

My researc interests include mindfulness-based interventions, prevenative mental health, resilience, and trauma-informed care.

GRAY Lab Bio

Hello! My name is Emily Hattouni and I am a fourth-year student in the School Psychology PhD program. My research interests include mindfulness-based practices, early interventions, and preventative mental health. Currently, I am working on my dissertation investigating the prevalence of mindfulness-based interventions used by school psychologists. This research aims at promoting useful strategies to combat burnout among school professionals. I have been involved in many activities in the GRAY lab, including presenting at conferences, contributing to book chapters, and providing moral support for my wonderful colleagues. In my spare time, I like to get outside and hike or hang up my hammock and just relax. I also love music and dancing! Missoula has a great music and arts scene, with many local and nonlocal artists on tour. So far, my favorite thing about the GRAY lab is the supportive group of individuals who share common interests in helping students, families, and schools. Collaboration is a true strength of our lab; there are always opportunities to help with a variety of different projects.

Teaching Experience

PSYCH 101 - Introduction to Psychology

PSYX 230 - Developmental Psychology

PSYX 525 - Psychological Evaulations


Emily loves to travel and explore the natural environment. In Missoula, she has enjoyed many community events such as concerts at local venues and the farmers market each weekend. Emily also likes to craft, making numerous kniting projects for friends and family each holiday season.