Dr. Horhota completed her B.S. in Psychology at the University of Toronto. As an undergraduate, she explored several different aspects of developmental psychology, working in Dr. Glenn Schellenberg's lab exploring music and cognition, Dr. Susan Goldberg's lab studying infant attachment and in Dr. Alison Chasteen's lab studying how stereotypes can impact older adults' memory performance.
Dr. Horhota decided to focus her studies on the latter half of the life-span and headed south in search of warm weather and retirees. She completed both her M.S. and PhD in Cognitive Aging at the Georgia Institue of Technology, working under the mentorship of Dr. Fredda Blanchard-Fields. Her M.S. thesis examined how people's personal beliefs impact the social judgments they make about other people. Her PhD examined interpersonal communication and impression formation in young, middle-aged and older adults.
Dr. Horhota joined the Furman faculty in 2008. Since that time, her research has focused on the social judgments of older adults, and understanding the role of beliefs and stereotypes on memory performance. She has also been involved with the Conservation Culture Research Initiative through the Shi Center for Sustainability. She has numberous peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations, many of which were co-authored with Furman students.
In 2017, Dr. Horhota was honored by her colleagues and students with the Alester G. Furman Jr. and Janie Earle Furman Award for Meritorious Advising. She was also named the Associate Dean for Mentoring and Advising at Furman.