Welcome to the Personality and Psychopathology Lab!

At the Personality and Psychopathology Lab, we are interested in the areas of personality, psychopathology, assessment of individual differences, and in the interface among these areas. In the personality domain, we work on topics examining personality structure (e.g., the Big Five), personality processing dynamics (e.g., self-discrepancies, expectancies), and their influence on people’s lives (e.g., subjective well-being, health outcomes).

In the psychopathology domain, our focus lies on delineating the etiologic processes implicated in the development of emotional disorders (e.g., depression and anxiety), especially from a personality perspective.  One research emphasis attempts to integrate dispositional trait structure with affective-cognitive processes postulated to be vulnerability factors to emotional distress (e.g., ruminative style, anxiety sensitivity, and intolerance to uncertainty). Another focus examines the relations among these affective-cognitive vulnerabilities to articulate a structural model that advances current knowledge on the etiology of emotional disorders.