Ekaterina Denkova, Ph.D.

Research Asst. Professor
Assistant Director of Neuroimaging Facility

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Dr. Denkova is a Research Assistant Professor in the Division of Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience in the Department of Psychology at the University of Miami. She serves as the Assistant Director of the Neuroimaging Facility & Assistant Director of Research for the UMindfulness Initiative. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Strasbourg after which she joined the University of Alberta as a CIHR Fellow. She serves as Co-investigator on several federally funded grants with Dr. Amishi Jha.

Dr. Denkova is a cognitive and affective neuroscientist. Using brain and behavioral methods, she broadly studies the neural basis of cognitive and affective processes and their trainability with mindfulness training. More specifically, Dr. Denkova’s work has two intertwined lines of research. The first line of research focuses on the interplay between cognitive and affective processes underlying personal memories and thoughts, such as mind-wandering, ruminations, and intrusions. The second line of research examines the impact of mindfulness training on these cognitive and affective processes in high-stress/high-demand professionals.



2006Ph.D. Cognitive Neuropsychology, Department of Psychology, University of Strasbourg
2003 Cognitive Neuropsychology, Department of Psychology, University of Toulouse
2002B.A. Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Strasbourg

Professional Experience

2018 - Research Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Miami
2017 - 2018Research Scientist, Jha Lab, Department of Psychology, University of Miami
2014 - 2017Postdoctoral Research Associate, Jha Lab, Department of Psychology, University of Miami
2008 - 2010Postdoctoral Research Associate, Dolcos Lab, Department of Psychiatry, University of Alberta


Zanesco, A. P., Denkova, E., & Jha, A. P. "Self-reported mind wandering and response time variability differentiate pre-stimulus electroencephalogram microstate dynamics during a sustained attention task." Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 28-45.33(1), (2021). [Link]

Denkova, E., Nomi, J. S., Uddin, L. Q., & Jha, A. P. "Dynamic brain network configurations during rest and an attention task with frequent occurrence of mind wandering." Human Brain Mapping, 4564-4576.40(15), (2019). [Link]

Denkova, E., Brudner, E. G., Zayan, K., Dunn, J., & Jha, A. P. "Attenuated face processing during mind wandering. " Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 1691-1703. 30(11), (2018). [Link]

Denkova, E., Dolcos, S., & Dolcos, F. "Neural correlates of 'distracting' from emotion during autobiographical recollection. " Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 219-230. 10(2), (2015). [Link]

Denkova, E., Alessio, C., Barry, J., Zanesco, A.P., Rogers., S.L., Matusevich, K., & Jha A.P. "Practical and theoretical consideration for mindfulness training implementation in organizational settings. " Handbook of Organizational Conflict Management. (in press).

Denkova, E., Barry, J., Slavin, L., Zanesco, A. P., Rogers, S.L., & Jha, A.P. "Investigating the impact of peer-trainer delivered mindfulness training on cognitive abilities and psychological health. " Mindfulness, 2645–2661. 12, (2021). [Link]

Denkova E., Zanesco A.P., Rogers S.L. & Jha A.P. "Is Resilience Trainable? An Initial Study Comparing Mindfulness and Relaxation Training in Firefighters. " Psychiatry Research, 1-8. 285, (2020). [Link]

ha A. P., Zanesco A.P., Denkova E., Morrison A. B., Ramos N., Chichester K., Gaddy J. & Rogers S. "Bolstering Cognitive Resilience via Train-the-Trainer Delivery of Mindfulness Training in Applied High-Demand Settings. " Mindfulness, 683–697. 11, (2020). [Link]


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