Our research group uses experimental and treatment studies to determine and modify the causes and correlates of disability and recovery in severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, depression, and bipolar disorder.
My primary research focuses on sexual attractions, sexual response, and sexual functioning, and the influence of gender/sex on these aspects of our sexualities. My current clinical research focuses on the neurocognitive factors associated with sexual response in women with and without sexual difficulties.
In my program of research over the past 12 years, I have examined bullying problems from a developmental psychopathology perspective.
My research has focused on structured personality assessment.
The central theme of my research is how close relationships and interpersonal functioning confer protection or risk in the development and clinical course of depression.
My primary research focus is the role of stress and early trauma in the etiology and ongoing pathology of major depression in adolescence and adulthood.
My overarching research area is health psychology, with a focus on human sexuality, sexual dysfunction, and pain.
My work aims to understand how the brain and body interact to create the experience of pain, and why some people might be prone to develop pain while others are relatively resilient. I am especially interested in the biological mechanisms that underlie cognitive and affective responses to pain and how this knowledge might help us treat pain.
My research aims to understand and quantify vulnerability to suicidal and self-injurious behavior in youth across distinct units of analysis (e.g., environmental circumstances, behavior, physiology). My ongoing projects focus on how individual differences in executive functioning, trait impulsivity, stressful life events (particularly peer rejection), reward responsiveness, and other variables may contribute to the escalation from suicidal thinking to action in adolescents and young adults.
My principal area is Health Psychology which I teach at both the undergraduate and graduate level. I have a particular focus on Pain, disability, Quality of Life in men and adolescents suffering from chronic prostatitis (Chronic pelvic pain) and females suffering from Interstitial Cystitis.
My work focuses on biopsychosocial mechanisms in the development of youth emotion dysregulation and related outcomes (e.g., depression, suicide). I am especially interested in understanding the costs, benefits, and foundations--social and biological--of emotion awareness. My work draws on theories of embodied emotion and interoception (upward body-to-brain communication) and integrates multiple methodologies (behavioral, psycholinguistic, biological) to measure emotion experience and the social and biological processes informing it.