Affective Science

The specialization in 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, Ph.D., Yale University
Attachment, parent-child relationships, developmental psychopathology, relational interventions, emotion, mental health
Campos, Belinda,  Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Culture, relationships, positive emotion, health
Cauffman, Elizabeth,  Ph.D., Temple University
Adolescent development, mental health, psychopathy, juvenile justice, female delinquency, legal and social policy
Charles, Susan, Ph.D., University of Southern California
Emotional processes across the adult life span, subjective experience and cognitive processes, health and emotion
Chen, Chuansheng, Ph.D., University of Michigan
Cross-cultural psychology, socialization of achievement, adolescent development, brain imaging of language and mathematical learning
Ditto, Peter, Ph.D. Princeton University
Social cognition, motivated judgment and decision-making process, social psychology
Goldberg, Wendy, Ph.D., University of Michigan
Developmental psychology, work and family, parental involvement in education, transition to parenthood, autism
Jamner, Larry,  Ph.D. State University of New York at Stony Brook
Health psychology, psychophysiology, biopsychosocial factors related to tobacco use in youth
Levine, Linda, Ph.D., The University of Chicago
Relations between cognitive and emotional development, how emotions influence attention and memory, the development of children's strategies for coping with negative emotions
Martin, Elizabeth, Ph.D., University of Missouri
Transdiagnostic emotional and social functioning, affective control and regulation, relations between affect and cognition, psychopathology, neuroscience methodology
Novaco, Raymond, Ph.D., Indiana University
Anger, stress, violence, cognitive-behavioral interventions
Pressman, Sarah, Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University
Health Psychology; Positive Emotions; Stress Physiology; Psychosocial effects on physiology and health
Quas, Jodi,  Ph.D., University of California, Davis
Memory development, the effects of stress on memory, emotional reactivity in childhood, childrens' involvement in the legal system, childrens' eyewitness testimony
Rinehart, Jenny, Ph.D., University of New Mexico
Health Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Sexual Victimization Prevention, Risk Perception
Rook, Karen,  Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
Gerontology, social psychology, health psychology, social support and social networks
Silver, Roxane,  Ph.D., Northwestern University
Coping with stressful life events (e.g., personal traumas, natural disasters, terrorism)
Zinger, Joanne,  Ph.D., University of California, Riverside
Expressive writing, meta-analysis, positive psychology, health psychology, preventive medicine, educational psychology

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