Dr. Fugate is a world-wide expert of emotion theory and perception, trained in the cognitive underpinnings of how people construct emotion through their language. She is the author of numerous empirical and theoretical pieces on the role of language in emotion, as well as a certified Facial Action Coder. She received her PhD from Emory University in Comparative Social Cognition, completing two postdocs in human emotion with the renowned psychologist and author, Lisa Feldman Barrett at Northeastern University. Dr. Fugate received tenure and promotion at the University of MA- Dartmouth, where she worked for nine years. During this time, her work was featured in Malcolm Gladwell’s book, Talking to Strangers. She was awarded Scholar of the Year in 2019. Dr. Fugate is now (January, 2022) an Associate Professor in Psychology at Kansas City University and directs the ABLE (affective, behavior, learning and embodiment) lab for able mind and body.
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