Affective Science

Research in the area of affective science focuses on the effects of emotion, motivation, and values on human reasoning, behavior, and health in typical and atypical populations, across the life span, and across cultures. Special emphases include the biological bases of emotional experience; relations between emotion, reasoning, and memory; emotion regulation; goal engagement and disengagement; effects of emotion on physical and mental health; emotion in social relationships; and how emotional experience changes over the lifespan.


Borelli, Jessica Attachment, parent-child relationships, developmental psychopathology, relational interventions, emotion, mental health

Campos, Belinda Culture, relationships, positive emotion, health

Cauffman, Elizabeth Adolescent development, mental health, psychopathy, juvenile justice, female delinquency, legal and social policy

Charles, Susan Emotional processes across the adult life span, subjective experience and cognitive processes, health and emotion

Chen, Chuansheng Cross-cultural psychology, adolescent development, brain imaging of language and mathematical learning

Ditto, Peter Social cognition, motivated judgment and decision-making process, social psychology

Goldberg, Wendy Developmental psychology, work and family, parental involvement in education, transition to parenthood, autism

Heckhausen, Jutta Life-span developmental psychology, motivation, individual agency and social context

Jamner, Larry Health psychology, psychophysiology, biopsychosocial factors related to tobacco use in youth

Levine, Linda Bias in predicted and remembered emotional experience; effects of emotions on memory and decision making; emotion regulation in adults and children

Martin, Elizabeth Adult psychopathology; schizotypy and schizophrenia; social anhedonia; emotional and social dysfunction; affective neuroscience

Novaco, Raymond Anger, stress, violence, cognitive-behavioral interventions

Pressman, Sarah Health Psychology; Positive Emotions; Stress Physiology; Psychosocial effects on physiology and health

Quas, Jodi Memory development, the effects of stress on memory, emotional reactivity in childhood, childrens' involvement in the legal system, childrens' eyewitness testimony

Rinehart, Jenny Health Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Sexual Victimization Prevention, Risk Perception

Rook, Karen Gerontology, social psychology, health psychology, social support and social networks

Silver, Roxane Cohen Coping with stressful life events (e.g., personal traumas, natural disasters, terrorism)

Zalta, Alyson Clinical Psychology, Trauma, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Resilience, Prevention & Treatment

Zinger, Joanne Expressive writing, meta-analysis, positive psychology, health psychology, preventive medicine, educational psychology