Cognition, emotion, and the brain in depression and anxiety

"I have learned a lot through my experience with this lab: how to interact with participants, how to conduct a literature search, how to prepare a paper for publication, some of the aspects of IRB application writing, and much more. Obviously, I still have much to learn but I have accumulated an amazing base knowledge with which to move forward."


Supervising Faculty:

Greg Siegle, Ph.D.



Greg Siegle
Loeffler Building, Room 316
121 Meyran Avenue


Area of Research:  Translation of basic cognitive and emotion research to the clinic. Specific questions of interest include: What cognitive and brain mechanisms are disrupted in depression and anxiety? Do these mechanisms predict response to specific treatments, and change with treatment? Can we develop new treatments to address them?


Description of Research:

We examine cognition and emotion using self-report, behavioral, psychophysiological, and brain imaging assessments before, during, and after psychotherapy and treatment with medications.


Duties of Students:

Students will learn to collect clinical, self-report, behavioral, physiological, and neuroimaging data, and will be encouraged to formulate and test their own research hypotheses. Students with computer programming background will be particularly encouraged to use it. Students will be encouraged to co-author presentations and publications.


Additional Requirements:

Students should meet Departmental criteria for eligibility for directed research. In addition students must be willing to commit to a full year of directed research, and to put in at least 10 hours per week including attendance at a weekly lab meeting. Comfort with learning new computer applications, being detail oriented, and dependable are essential. Good interpersonal skills are helpful. Being fearless about presenting and asking research questions is important.


Terms offered: fall and spring


Number of Students: varies by semester


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