The Psychology Department faculty and staff continue to produce cutting edge research. Read below to learn more about our research labs.
Acculturation, Diversity, and Psychopathology Team (ADAPT)
Research in the ADAPT seeks to understand the impact of ethnicity and culture on psychopathology and adjustment. Our team is interested in intrapersonal characteristics, close social relationships, and intercultural contact as determinants of alcohol (mis)use and other mental health outcomes. We aim to use this research to inform and influence clinical interventions that are most effective in alleviating distress and improving psychological functioning across diverse ethnocultural groups.
Contact: P. Priscilla Lui, Ph.D.
Adult Attachment and Personality Development Lab
Research in the Adult Attachment and Personality Development Lab focuses on understanding people's motives and goals with respect to both their personality traits and their close relationships. In other words, we study who people want to be, and what they want from their friendships and romantic partnerships. The goal of this research is to understand how these motives affect individuals' perceptions of themselves and their relationships--and to elucidate how people can move toward attaining desired personality traits and relationship outcomes.
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