A paper coauthored by Assistant Professor of Psychology Erin Sheets and psychology graduate Morganne Kraines ’11 has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Individual Differences. Titled “Personality Disorder Traits as a Moderator of Poor Social Problem-Solving Skills and Depressive Symptoms,” the paper incorporates research conducted by Kraines, the first research assistant in Sheets’s Emotion and Mood Lab.

The paper examines the influence of social problem-solving skills, specifically unsuccessful interpersonal strategies, on depressive symptoms and whether or not they vary across levels of personality disorder symptoms.

Kraines is currently attending the Ph.D. program in clinical psychology at Oklahoma State University, continuing her research on interpersonal, cognitive, and genetic risk factors for depression.