Areas of Research

Areas of Research

The Psychology Department faculty and staff continue to produce cutting edge research. Read below for more on the research labs.


    Social Cognition and Schizophrenia Lab 

    The primary focus of our research program is to understand how the brain processes social information, how these processes may be abnormal in individuals with schizophrenia and related disorders, and how these abnormalities may affect the daily lives of individuals with mental illness.

    Psychology Department Contact: Amy Pinkham 


    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 anxiety  disorders 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


    Assessment Clinic

    SMU Assessment Clinic is housed in the Psychology Department, and offers low-cost comprehensive Psychoeducational and Psychological evaluations.


    Psychology Department Contact: Robert Buck Hampson



    State Department Grant with SBBWU

    In January 2013, the Psychology Department began a three-year partnership with the psychology department at Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women University in Peshawar, Pakistan. 

    Psychology Department Contact: George Holden



    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