I am a social psychologist in the Department of Psychology at the University of Denver. My research examines influences on emotional experience, with particular focus on interpersonal processes in emotion, and the role of religion in coping. More information on my research is available on the Emotion and Coping lab page. I am part of the Affect, Social, and Cognitive Science & the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience doctoral training programs. In addition, I am a member of the University of Denver/Iliff School of Theology joint doctoral program in Religion and Psychological studies.
Ph.D., Psychology, University of Michigan, 1992
A.M., Psychology, University of Michigan, 1989
B.A., summa cum laude, Psychology, University of Denver, 1987
Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Denver, 2007-present;
Associate Professor, 1999-2007
Assistant Professor, 1992-1999
I study emotions and coping, using survey, laboratory, and psychophysiological methods and typical and clinical (e.g., people with autism, depression, Williams syndrome) populations to understand phenomena in these domains.
In my coping research, I study how social and cognitive resources influence emotional adjustment, broadly defined. I am particularly interested in responses to traumatic events, uncontrollability, or high levels of stress, and the role of religion.
In my emotions research, I examine basic interpersonal processes in emotion. Specifically, I focus on mimicry, facial feedback, emotion perception processes, and empathy. I examine these processes in typical populations, and evaluate the functional consequences of deficits in such processes by studying atypical populations as well (e.g., people with autism, conduct disorder, Williams syndrome, sensory processing disorder).