We are currently conducting a series of laboratory-based experimental studies in which we are utilizing a multi-method assessment of the subjective, behavioral, and physiological emotional domains. Some of these methods include measurement of heart rate, respiration, stomach activity and skin conductance, or electroencephalogram (EEG; a test where your brain waves are measured using electrodes on a special cap.) Others might include watching brief videos, answering questions about your life experiences, or taking surveys on a computer.
These studies are examining a number of different questions related to mechanisms of emotional reactivity and dysregulation in individuals with generalized anxiety disorder, major depression, or neither condition.
If you would like to know more about or take part in one of our studies, please fill out the corresponding form below with your information, and someone will contact you shortly to see if you qualify for any of our ongoing studies.
ERT (Mennin & Fresco, 2009) is a recently developed and preliminarily supported manualized treatment that integrates components of cognitive-behavioral, acceptance, dialectical, mindfulness-based, and experiential, emotion-focused, treatments using a mechanistic framework drawn from basic and translational findings in affect science. This mechanism-targeted behavioral intervention focuses on the training of a number of regulatory skills including attentional flexibility, acceptance, cognitive distancing, and cognitive reframing skills. These skills are taught in the first half of treatment and are then utilized by patients in an exposure/behavioral activation phase in the second half of treatment.
The current study examines how engaging in perseverative thinking, such as prolonged rumination, worry, and self-criticism relates to cognitive and emotional functioning in anxious and depressive disorders. Specifically, we are interested in conducting an ecological momentary assessment study to better understand daily patterns of emotional reactivity and use of regulation strategies.
Eligible participants will be asked to come in for in-lab visits to complete a battery of self-report questionnaires, psychoeducation training, and behavioral tasks to collect psychophysiological data (EEG, HRV, GSR). Furthermore, participants will complete a continuous 24-hour recording to monitor cardiovascular response, twice on separate days, in addition to being alerted multiple times each day at random times on their mobile devices to remind them of their formal and on-the- spot regulation practices and to fill out short questionnaires about their worries or thoughts.
Participants will be compensated for their lab visits and all study procedures.
Health Processes Study
This ongoing study is interested in examining health processes in people with and without anxiety. Specifically, we're examining how physiological responses to worry and relaxation differ between these two groups.
We're currently recruiting participants between the ages 18-65 for a one-time, 3-hour lab visit. If eligible, participation will include a brief interview, filling out questionnaires, and completion of different computer tasks. In addition, blood will be drawn three times during the study.
Participants will be compensated for all study procedures.