Amelia Aldao

Amelia Aldao, Ph.D.

Lab Director

Research interests: Emotion regulation in mental disorders, particulalry anxiety and depression.

Publications: Google Scholar Citations, ResearchGate Profile.

Editorships: Associate Editor of Journal of Psychopathology & Behavioral Assessment Cognition & Emotion

Editorial Boards: Cognition & Emotion, Cognitive Therapy & Research, Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, Journal of Youth & Adolescence, Psychological Bulletin.

Internship: New York Presbyterian Hospital / Weill Cornell Medical School (2011-2012). Licensed in Ohio.

Graduate school: Yale University (2012).

Graduate research: Regulation of Emotions in Anxiety Disorders (READ) lab (PI: Douglas Mennin, Ph.D), Yale Cognition & Depression Program (PI: Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, Ph.D).

Undergrad institution: University of Pennsylvania (2006), Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (summa cum laude). Phi Beta Kappa.

Hails from: Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Hobbies: Playing tennis, strenght training, learning languages, travelling.


Summary of Publications:

  • 25 publications delineating patterns of emotional dysfunction in mental disorders, such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and substance abuse.
    • Aldao, A., & Christensen, K. A. (2015). Linking the expanded process model of emotion regulation to psychopathology by focusing on behavioral outcomes of regulation. Psychological Inquiry, 26, 27-36. (IF = 6.25).
    • Aldao, A., Jazaieri, H., Goldin, P., & Gross, J. J. (2014). Adaptive and maladaptive emotion regulation strategies: Interactive effects during CBT for social anxiety disorder. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 28, 382-389 (IF = 2.59).

  • 8 publications identifying biomarkers (e.g., cortisol reactivity, heart rate variability) of emotional dysfunction in the context of mental disorders.
    • Aldao, A., Dixon-Gordon, K., & De Los Reyes, A. (in press). Individual differences in physiological flexibility predict spontaneous avoidance. Cognition & Emotion. (IF = 2.20).
    • Aldao, A., & Mennin, D. S. (2012). Paradoxical cardiovascular effects of implementing adaptive emotion regulation strategies in generalized anxiety disorder. Behaviour Research & Therapy, 50, 122-130. (IF = 3.40).

  • 12 publications on how to optimize mental health assessments and psychosocial treatments by incorporating biomarkers and adopting a personalized medicine approach.
    • Aldao, A., & Plate, A. (in press). Coping and emotion regulation. To appear in “Core Competencies in Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies” (Book edited by Steven Hayes and Stefan Hofmann).
    • Aldao, A., & De Los Reyes, A. (2015). Commentary. A practical guide for translating basic research on affective science to implementing physiology in clinical child and adolescent assessments. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 44, 341-351. (IF = 3.31).

  • 2 meta analyses on emotional expression and regulation, gender differences, and psychopathology.
    • Chaplin, T., & Aldao, A. (2013). Gender differences in emotion expression in children: A meta-analytic review. Psychological Bulletin, 139, 735-765. (IF = 14.76; #1 journal in the field).
    • Aldao, A., Nolen-Hoeksema, S., & Schweizer, S. (2010). Emotion regulation strategies and psychopathology: A meta analytic review. Clinical Psychology Review, 30, 217-237 (cited more than 1,300 times; received mention as one of the most highly cited articles in the journal) (IF = 6.93).



Graduate Students

Kara Christensen

Kara Christensen

Graduate Student

Year: Third.

Research interests: Interpersonal emotion regulation, psychophysiology, sex differences in psychiatric disorders.

Publications: Google Scholar Citations, ResearchGate Profile

Post-bac information: Brigham and Women's Hospital, Clinical Neuroscience Lab for Gender Differences in the Brain (PIs: Jill Goldstein, Ph.D. and Laura Holsen, Ph.D.).

Undergrad institution: University of Chicago (2011), Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

Undergrad research: University of Chicago Hospitals, Adult Eating and Weight Disorders Program (PI: Eunice Chen, Ph.D.).

Hails from: Sullivan's Island, South Carolina.

Hobbies: Running, marathoning, Netflix, snacking.

Plans for the future: Conducting exciting, impactful research on psychopathology. Learning how to drive a manual transmission car.

Fun Fact: I grew up on an island and have a preternatural sense of direction (these are almost certainly unrelated).

Lee Dunn

Lee Dunn

Graduate Student

Year: Third.

Research interests: Mechanisms involved in the maintenance and etiology of anxiety and mood disorders. Psychophysiology.

Publications: Google Scholar Citations

Post-bac information: Hunter College CUNY, Regulation of Emotion in Anxiety and Depression Lab (PI: Douglas Mennin, Ph.D.) & Emotion Regulation Lab (PI: Tracy Dennis, Ph.D.).

Undergrad institution: Simmons College (2011), Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Minor in Art.

Undergrad research: Simmons College Personality and Psychophysiology Lab: Boston, MA (PI: Greg Feldman, Ph.D.) and Massachusetts General Hospital, Department of Psychiatry (PI: Helen Riess, M.D.).

Hails from: Lexington, MA.

Hobbies: Millinery, photography.

Plans for the future: Research in an academic setting. Learning to use as many psychophysiology science toys as possible.

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Andre Plate

Andre Plate

Graduate Student

Year: Second.

Research interests: Emotion regulation and the onset, course, and maintenance of depression and anxiety disorders, psychophysiology, comorbid psychopathology.

Post-bac information: Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, Human Neuroimaging Laboratory (PIs: Pearl Chiu, Ph.D., Brooks King-Casas, Ph.D.).

Undergrad institution: The Pennsylvania State University (2012), Bachelor of Science in Psychology.

Undergrad research: Penn State Personality Psychology Laboratory (PI: Aaron Pincus, Ph.D.).

Hails from: Kinnelon, New Jersey.

Hobbies: Cooking, movies, playing fetch with my golden retriever Sasha, fantasy football, sports (sorry Buckeye nation…my allegiance will always be with Penn State).

Plans for the future: Conducting research on emotion regulation that will enhance our understanding and treatment of mood and anxiety disorders. I also hope to travel as much as I can.

Fun Fact: The rapper Missy Elliot lives in my hometown. I used to go trick-or-treating at her house on Halloween. Her body guards gave out awesome candy.

Ilana Seager

Ilana Seager

Graduate Student

Year: Second.

Research interests: Emotion regulation in the context of psychopathology, positive emotions, LGBT mental health.

Publications:Google Scholar Citations, ResearchGate Profile,

Post-bac information: University of Miami, Bridging Research on Anxiety, Innovations, and Neuroscience (BRAIN) Group (PI: Jennifer Britton, Ph.D.), & Child and Adolescent Mood and Anxiety Treatment (CAMAT) Program (PI: Jill Ehrenreich-May, Ph.D.).

Undergrad institution: Yale University (2012), Bachelor of Arts in Psychology & History of Science, History of Medicine.

Undergrad research: Yale Depression and Cognition Program (PI: Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, Ph.D.).

Hails from: Auckland, New Zealand.

Hobbies: Pottery, reading, taking photos of my cat.

Plans for the future: Clinician, researcher, professor, and master potter.

Fun Fact: I was a reporter and editor for my college daily newspaper. And, (because I know you're wondering): Yes, I have seen Flight of the Conchords. No, I am not a hobbit.

Anne Wilson

Anne Wilson

Graduate Student

Year: Third.

Research interests: Emotion regulation as it relates to the diagnosis and treatment of anxiety disorders (particularly OCD) and body dysmorphic disorder.

Post-bac information: Massachusetts General Hospital, OCD & Related Disorders Program (PI: Sabine Wilhelm, Ph.D.).

Undergrad institution: Boston University (2011), Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

Undergrad research: Boston University, Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (PI: Stefan Hofmann, Ph.D.).

Hails from: Chicago.

Hobbies: Yoga, biking, hiking, and music.

Plans for the future: Professor, researcher, and practicing clinician in an academic or hospital setting.

Fun Fact: I'm a certified yoga instructor.

Affiliated Graduate Students

Katie Wang

Katie Wang

(student at Yale University)

Research interests: Individual differences in the experience of stigmatization, emotion regulation/coping, attitudes toward people with disabilities

Graduate institution: Yale University, Ph.D. candidate in Social Psychology

Graduate research: Intergroup Relations lab (PI: Jack Dovidio, Ph.D.)

Undergrad institution: Rice University (2009), Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Statistics

Undergrad research: Diversity and Discrimination Lab (PI: Mikki Hebl, Ph.D.)

Hails from: Taipei, Taiwan

Hobbies: Reading, listening to music

Fun fact: I grew up on an island but don’t know how to swim at all!


Lauren Bylsma, Ph.D. (University of Pittsburgh). Website

Tara Chaplin, Ph.D. (George Mason University). Website

Andres De Los Reyes Ph.D. (University of Maryland). Website

Katie Dixon-Gordon, Ph.D. (University of Mississippi School of Medicine). Website

David Fresco Ph.D. (Kent State University). Website

James Gross Ph.D. (Stanford University). Website

Lori Hilt Ph.D. (Lawrence University). Website

Robert Leahy, Ph.D. (American Institute for Cogntive Therapy). Website

Kate McLaughlin Ph.D. (University of Washington). Website

Douglas Mennin, Ph.D. (Hunter College, City University of New York). Website

Blair Wisco Ph.D. (University of North Carolina - Greensboro). Website


Current Research Assistants

Ashley Brancamp

Michael Behrent

Rachael Brunello

Sarah Gobrial

Mia Kern

Sarah Nicklas

Thomas Parsons

Amanda Petry

Anna Ross

Claire Rowe

Juan Schwarzman

Michael Sneddon

Jen Tomino

Helen Varuhas

Anna Wiese


PAS LAb Graduates & Their Careers

Amanda Adams: Post-baccalaureate research assistant at U. of Pittsburgh

Kelly Angle: Graduate student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at John Carroll University

Keith Burns: Medical student at U. of Toledo

Jason Feinberg: Post-baccalaureate at Ohio State Medical Center

Emily Fragapane: Graduate student in the School Psychology program at the University of Dayton

Annette Mankus: Graduate student in the Clinical Psychology program at the U. of Washington in St. Louis. Website

Jennifer Merz: Behavioral intervention aide at Nationwide Children’s Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders

Kelsey Moran: Graduate student in the Clinical Psychology PsyD program at Wright State University

Briana Smoot: Graduate student in the Masters of Social Work program at Miami-Wright State

Daniel Stevens: Graduate student in the Masters of Business Administration program at OSU

Braden Stevenson: Law student at OSU