Samantha L. Bernecker is a third-year PhD student in the Clinical Psychology Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she joined The Psychotherapy Research Lab in 2011.
Through her current project "Training Peers to Improve Each Other's Mental Well-Being with an Online Course," Bernecker hopes to leverage existing peer support systems to improve the public's mental health, developing an easily accessible online training that will teach dyads basic counseling skills which they can then apply to improve each other's well-being.
Her research is guided by the goal of understanding how human change processes operate and using this information to develop more powerful and efficient treatments for mental illness and other psychosocial problems. Her interests include interpersonal processes and their effects on well-being, development of interventions for adults, emotion regulation, self-regulation, information technology-based interventions, and psychotherapy process and outcome research.
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