The Psychology Department faculty and staff continue to produce cutting edge research. Read below to learn more about our research labs.
Anxiety and Depression Research Center
The Anxiety and Depression Research Center specializes in basic and applied research of anxiety, mood, and affect dysregulation disorders. Current research includes investigations of novel treatment approaches for anxiety and depression, biomarkers in anxietydisorders and chronic disease (asthma), fear extinction mechanisms of exposure therapy, and mediators and moderators in individuals with affective dysregulations, including non-suicidal self-injury.
Contact: Alicia Meuret and Thomas Ritz
Assessment, Measurement, Personality, & Psychopathology (AMPP) Lab
Research in the AMPP Lab broadly covers psychopathology and normal-range personality traits. Much of our work focuses on measurement, structure, and assessment. In addition, we are interested in how psychopathology and personality relate to each other, whether psychopathology is dimensional or categorical, and how personality changes over time.
Contact: Mike Chmielewski
Family Health and Development Lab
The Family Health and Development Lab conducts research with children and families. The goal of this work is to better understand how families get along from day to day and how family functioning is related to family members' mental health and well-being.
Contact: Chrystyna Kouros
Family Research Center
The Family Research Center advances and disseminates scientific knowledge on family functioning. The impact of our research is far reaching, with research findings and interventions being utilized across the country and also internationally. Through our research, and in collaboration with area agencies, we provide vital support to victims of interpersonal violence, children who witness such violence, children who are abused, and teens and young adults who experience physical, emotional, and sexual violence in their own interpersonal relationships.
Contact: Ernest Jouriles and Renee McDonald
Parenting Research Lab
The Parenting Research Lab focuses on understanding the determinants and significance of the parent-child relationship in development. Much of our research has addressed the proximate causes of parental behavior with an emphasis on parental social cognition. We are currently examining parental yelling form both the parents' and children's perspective.
Contact: George Holden
Social and Clinical Neuroscience Lab
The Social and Clinical Neuroscience Lab examines interactions between neurobiological and psychological factors that contribute to individual differences in social processes (e.g., social cognition, prosocial behavior, interpersonal stress) and mental health. In particular, the lab focuses on the neuropeptides oxytocin and vasopressin. To conduct this work, the lab integrates social and clinical psychology with neuroscientific methods including genetics, neuroendocrine measurement, pharmacological administration, and neuroimaging. PI: Benjamin A. Tabak