Research Projects


Broadly, our laboratory focuses on three main areas of inquiry:

  1. Individual differences in social cognition and emotion processes and their relevance for personality disorders, particularly borderline personality disorder (BPD) and narcissistic personality disorder (NPD)
  2. The perception of criticism in close relationships and other transdiagnostic psychosocial predictors of clinical outcomes
  3. Treatment barriers for individuals with personality disorders, including stigma and access to care

Current Research Projects

  1. We are conducting a series of experiments to examine factors that may contribute to stigma about BPD and NPD.
  2. In collaboration with Dr. Jill Hooley at Harvard University and Dr. Jutta Joormann at Yale University, we are examining how attentional processes may be disturbed for individuals with BPD, specifically in the context of socially relevant information.
  3. In collaboration with researchers at McLean Hospital, we are examining the interplay of PTSD and BPD symptoms during treatment for BPD, conducting a meta analysis on “treatment as usual” for BPD, and using psychophysiological measurement to examine how clinicians react to patients with BPD.
  4. We are examining individual differences in boredom and boredom proneness, as well as the clinical significance of these differences.
  5. We are conducting a meta-analysis on studies of perceived criticism (PC), and are planning new studies to examine cultural differences in PC and its impact on relationship functioning and psychopathology.