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Adam Grabell

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Dr. Grabell's research focuses on emotion regulation and its relation to cross-diagnostic symptoms of psychopathology in early childhood. He is particularly interested in the fine details of how the emerging emotion regulation system works and which parts of this system aren't functioning well in young children on the cusp of persistent mood and behavior problems. His lab uses a multi-method approach comprising developmentally sensitive neuroimaging techniques, psychophysiological measurement, and detailed behavioral coding.

Current Research

Current projects include an NIH K23 study examining the development of deliberate emotion regulation and irritability in preschool children. This study will examine early deliberate emotion regulation, its association with level of concurrent irritability, and changes in irritability, internalizing, and externalizing symptoms one year later. The proposed study is designed to shift the field to focusing on deliberate emotion regulation, inform future longitudinal work, and spur novel interventions for early irritability.

Academic Background

  • PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Grabell, A. S., Huppert, T. J., Jones, H. M.*, Wilett, A. E.*, Bemis. L. M., & Perlman, S. B. (accepted). Using facial muscular movements to understand young children’s emotion regulation and concurrent neural activation. Developmental Science.
Grabell, A. S., Li, Y, Barker, J. W., Wakschlag, L. S., Huppert, T. J., & Perlman, S. B. (2017). Evidence of Non-Linear Associations Between Frustration-Related Prefrontal Cortex Activation and the Normal:Abnormal Spectrum of Irritability in Young Children. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 1-11.
Grabell, A. S., Olson, S. L., Tardif, T., Thompson, M. C.*, & Gehring, W. J. (2017). Comparing Self-Regulation-Associated Event Related Potentials in Preschool Children with and without High Levels of Disruptive Behavior. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 45(6), 1119-1132.
Li, Y., Grabell, A. S., Wakschlag, L. S., Huppert, T. J., & Perlman, S. B. (2017). The neural substrates of cognitive flexibility are related to individual differences in preschool irritability: a fNIRS investigation. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 25, 138-144.
Waller, R., Hyde, L. W., Grabell, A. S., Alves, M. L., & Olson, S. L. (2015). Differential associations of early callous‐unemotional, oppositional, and ADHD behaviors: multiple domains within early‐starting conduct problems?. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 56(6), 657-666.
Grabell, A. S., Olson, S. L., Kessler, D. A., Felt, B. T., Miller, A. L. & Tardif, T. (2015). The impact of culture on physiological processes of emotion regulation: a comparison of US and Chinese preschoolers. Developmental Science, 18(3), 420-435.
Contact Info

Psychological and Brain Sciences
614 Tobin
135 Hicks Way
Amherst, MA 01003-9292