My research focuses on the role of emotional processes in the development and maintenance of psychopathology, with an emphasis on borderline personality disorder (BPD). In my work, I use laboratory-based methods to examine the influence of emotional processes on other domains, such as interpersonal functioning. Given the complexity of these phenomena, I employ multi-method research designs, using self-report, behavioral, biological, psychophysiological, and naturalistic assessment (i.e., ecological momentary assessment). Furthermore, I translate this basic research to applied settings, with the aim of streamlining existing treatments, such as dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) for BPD and related pathology.
In my lab, we are currently examining areas of emotion dysregulation in borderline personality disorder (BPD). For instance, we are examining whether individuals high in BPD features rely on a unique pattern of interpersonal support for emotion regulation. We are also developing a paradigm to examine emotion regulation flexibility among those with BPD.
Learn more at psych.umass.edu/caslab/
- BSc, Psychology, University of Washington
- MA, PhD, Clinical Psychology, Simon Fraser University
- Clinical Psychology Internship, University of Mississippi Medical Center
- Postdoctoral fellowship, University of Mississippi Medical Center