In our lab at CUNY Hunter College, we are currently working on testing aspects of an emotion regulation model through:

  1. Experimental and ecological delineation of behavioral and biological (neural and physiological) processes that contribute to emotion reactivity and dysregulation in chronic anxiety and co-occurring depression;

  2. The development of an integrative, mechanism-based, emotion regulation treatment, which has demonstrated considerable preliminary efficacy, and

  3. The examination of biobehavioral mechanisms of reactivity and dysregulation whose changes mediate long term symptomatic and functional outcome as a result of this intervention.


The Regulation of Emotion in Anxiety and Depression (READ) Lab is focused on understanding and treating chronic and recurrent forms of anxiety and mood disorders, particularly generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and major depression (MDD). Our research program uses an affect science perspective to understand and treat these disorders, particularly in their most complex forms (high levels of comorbidity, unyielding course, poor life satisfaction, refractory response to treatment) with the aim of expanding our knowledge of their etiology, development and maintenance across the lifespan.