Psychology; Arts & Sciences
Kent State University
I am Professor of Psychological Sciences at Kent State University and Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. I direct the Psychopathology and Emotion Regulation Laboratory (PERL) and am a Co-Director of the Kent Electrophysiological Neuroscience Laboratory (KENL).
I received my PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Temple University. My program of research adopts an affective science perspective to the study of anxiety and mood disorders. Working at the interface of cognitive behavioral and emotion regulation approaches, I conduct survey, experimental, and treatment research to examine factors associated with major depressive disorder (MDD) and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) including metacognitive factors (e.g., decentering, rumination, worry), functional neuroimaging (fMRI & EEG), peripheral psychophysiology, and serum markers (e.g., inflammation, neurodegeneration). Another focus of the PERL lab is the development of treatments informed by affective and contemplative neuroscience incorporating mindfulness meditation and other practices derived from Buddhist mental training exercises. Much of my NIH-funded treatment research has focused on the infusion of mindfulness into Western psychosocial treatments.
I am currently serving as PI on a NIH-funded R01 (1R01HL119977) comparing the efficacy of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) versus Stress Management Enhancement (a non-mindfulness comparator) for unmedicated hypertension. I am also Co-Investigator of a NIH-funded Center of Excellence grant entitled, SMART Center II: Brain-Behavior Connections in Self-Management Science (1P30NR015326). I have served as Associate Editor for impactful journals (Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Behavior Therapy, and Cognitive Therapy and Research). I am also a frequent reviewer for the Interventions Committee of Adult Disorders (ITVA), and RDoC/Experimental Therapeutics of the National Institute of Mental Health, the Mechanisms of Emotion, Stress, and Health (MESH) study section, and various study sections of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH).