Research

Research

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

We specialize 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.

Psychology Department Contact: Alicia Meuret and Thomas Ritz


Couples and Health Lab

We examine various relational and health processes in dating and newlywed couples. The primary goal of our research is to better understand the factors that contribute to healthy and successful relationships.

Psychology Department Contact: Andrea Meltzer


Family Health and Development Lab

We conduct 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.

Psychology Department Contact: Chrystyna Kouros


Family Research Center

We advance and disseminate 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.

Psychology Department Contact: Ernest Jouriles and Renee McDonald


Parenting Research Lab

We focus 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.

Psychology Department Contact: George Holden