emotion and mood lab
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The Colby Emotion and Mood Lab integrates theories and methods of basic emotion research and clinical psychology to further our understanding of the impact of stress and interpersonal functioning on emotional reactivity and mood disorders.  Our research primarily focuses on depression during the transition to young adulthood, while also examining basic emotion processes in healthy individuals.  One question of interest to our lab involves the pattern of stress generation exhibited by many individuals with recurrent depression.  What personality factors, social skills, or cognitive patterns contribute to the generation of negative life events and chronic stress in previously depressed individuals?  How do these factors impact the experience of significant life transitions, such as the transition to college? 

Current research projects in the Emotion and Mood Lab include 1) an examination of the relationship of social problem-solving skills with depressive symptoms and personality pathology, 2) the use of experience sampling methods to identify patterns of interpersonal stress, social problem-solving strategies, and depression in young adults, and 3) an investigation of the relationship of social media use and emotional processing.  Long-terms goals of this program of research include the development of a social skills-based depression prevention program for matriculating college students.

Selected Publications

Sheets, E. S., Duncan, L. E., Bjornsson, A. S., Craighead, L. W., & Craighead, W. E. (in press).  Personality pathology factors predict recurrent major depressive disorder in emerging adults. Journal of Clinical Psychology.


Yen, S., Weinstock, L., Andover, P., Sheets, E. S., Selby, E., & Spirito, A. (in press).  Prospective predictors of adolescent suicidality: Six month post hospitalization follow-up.  Psychological Medicine.


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.


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.


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.


Sheets, E. S., & Miller, I. W. (2010). Predictors of relationship functioning for patients with bipolar disorder and their partners.  Journal of Family Psychology, 24, 371-379.


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


Web Links

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
Society for Research in Psychopathology
Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology
Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood

Department of Psychosocial Research, Butler Hospital and Brown University
Brown University Clinical Psychology Training Consortium
University of Colorado at Boulder Clinical Psychology Program