Erin S. Sheets

Sabbatical: 09/01/2013 - 08/31/2014

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Box 5550

Phone: 207-859-5569
Fax: 207-859-5555
Mailing Address:
5550 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8855
Sheets, Erin S.

Education

Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder, 2008
Clinical Psychology

M.A., University of Colorado at Boulder, 2004
Clinical Psychology

A.B., Duke University, 2001
Psychology and Spanish

Areas of Expertise

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Stress Generation
  • Chronic Stress

Courses Currently Teaching

CourseCourse Title
PS111 A Introduction to Psychology
PS214 A Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology I
PS254 A Abnormal Psychology
PS343 A Seminar in Emotion Theory and Research
PS344 A Collaborative Research in Emotion

Professional Information

Link to Erin Sheets's Website
Licensed Psychologist, State of Maine

Current Research

My primary line of research focuses on the interplay of personality and stress on the course of depression, particularly during emerging adulthood (ages 18 – 29) and the transition to motherhood. I also have expanded this to a second line of research examining interpersonally-relevant emotion regulation skills in nonclinical, mentally healthy samples. I utilize a variety of research methods to examine these topics, including ecological momentary assessment, psychophysiological measurement, interpersonal laboratory tasks, quantitative self-report measures, qualitative approaches, and genetic models. Overall, my work identifies particular behaviors and skills deficits that may disrupt interpersonal relationships, increase negative affect, and lead to the onset of depression. I aim for this research to inform future, interpersonally-based depression prevention efforts.

Publications

Selected Publications
(* denotes Colby College student/alumnus author)


Sheets, E. S., & Kraines, M.* (2014). Personality disorder traits as a moderator of poor social problem-solving skills and depressive symptoms. Journal of Individual Differences, 35(2), 103-110. doi: 10.1027/1614-0001/a000132


Sheets, E. S., Duncan, L. E., Bjornsson, A. S., Craighead, L. W., & Craighead, W. E. (2014). Personality pathology factors predict recurrent major depressive disorder in emerging adults. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 70(6), 536-545. doi: 10.1002/jclp.22028


Sheets, E. S., Craighead, L. W., Brosse, A. L., Hauser, M., Madsen, J. W., & Craighead, W. E. (2013). Prevention of recurrence of major depression among emerging adults by a group cognitive-behavioral/interpersonal intervention. Journal of Affective Disorders, 147, 425-430. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2012.08.036


Yen, S., Weinstock, L., Andover, P., Sheets, E. S., Selby, E. A., & Spirito, A. (2013). Prospective predictors of adolescent suicidality: Six month post hospitalization follow-up. Psychological Medicine, 43(5), 983-993. doi: 10.1017/S0033291712001912


Craighead, W. E., Sheets, E. S., Craighead, L. W., & Madsen, J. W. (2011). Recurrence of MDD among previously depressed young adults: A prospective study of personality pathology and cognitive distortions. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment, 2(2), 83-97. doi: 10.1037/a0020456


Muralidharan, A., Sheets, E. S., Madsen, J., Craighead, L. W., & Craighead, W. E. (2011). Interpersonal competence across domains: Relevance to personality pathology. Journal of Personality Disorders, 25(1), 16-27. doi: 10.1521/pedi.2011.25.1.16


Sheets, E. S., & Craighead, W. E. (2007). Toward an empirically based classification of personality pathology. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 14, 77-93. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2850.2007.00065.x

 


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