MERC Lab is located in the Division of Psychology, Yale-NUS College. At present, our lab’s research focuses on two broad topic areas: 1) effects and mechanisms of mindfulness as an intervention to enhance emotion regulation abilities in both clinical and nonclinical populations, and 2) the phenomenology and etiology of borderline personality disorder (BPD) and related behavioral problems (e.g., self-harm behaviors) in the Asian context.

Selected current projects include assessing the effects of brief mindfulness training on maladaptive cognitive processes among people with high borderline personality disorder traits and evaluating the effects of an 8-week mindfulness training program (Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction) on affect dynamics in daily life. Additionally, we are interested in researching the adaptation, implementation and dissemination of empirically supported interventions in Southeast Asia and cross-cultural presentations of psychopathology, in particular depression and borderline personality disorder.

Our lab welcomes discussions, inquiry, and collaborations related to the above research areas. If you would like to get in touch, please email the lab director, Dr. Shian-Ling Keng at