Portrait of Holly Shablack
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology


  • BS, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 2012
  • MA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2017
  • PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2020



Broadly, my research interests are in the role of language and culture on a number of psychological phenomena. For the past few years, my research has specifically focused on the influence of language and culture on how we perceive and experience emotions and how language is involved in emotion concept learning in early childhood.

I approach these questions from an interdisciplinary perspective, using a variety of behavioral, peripheral physiological, and neurological methods.

My current work explores the role of emotion words and individual differences on experiences of psychosocial stress, the influence of parental communication and linguistic features on emotion concept learning, and the effect of multilingualism on emotion perceptions.