Erin S. Sheets

Associate Professor of Psychology

Office: Davis Science Center 336 [ campus map ]
Box 5550

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


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
  • Stress Generation
  • Chronic Stress
  • Social Belonging

Courses Currently Teaching

CourseCourse Title
PS111 AIntroduction to Psychology
PS254 AAbnormal Psychology
PS343 ASeminar in Emotion Theory and Research
PS344 ACollaborative 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). I also have expanded this to a second line of research examining interpersonally-relevant emotion regulation skills in nonclinical 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, 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.


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

Rabasco, A. N.*, & Sheets, E. S. (in press). The effects of face-to-face and online social stress on emotion identification. Modern Psychological Studies.

Sheets, E. S., Bujarski, S., Leventhal, A. M., & Ray, L. A. (2015). Emotion differentiation and intensity during acute tobacco abstinence: A comparison of heavy and light smokers. Addictive Behaviors, 47, 70-73. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2015.03.024

Sheets, E. S., & Craighead, W. E. (2014). Comparing chronic interpersonal and noninterpersonal stress domains as predictors of depression recurrence in emerging adults. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 63,36-42. doi: 10.1016/j.brat.2014.09.001

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

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

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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