Labs

Behavioural Cardiology Lab
Principal Investigator: Wolfgang Linden

Research conducted in the Behavioral Cardiology Laboratory is based on the firm belief that psychological distress can affect physical health and well-being. Our research broadly focuses on health risk behaviors and emotions and how they affect physiological processes that are relevant for the etiology and treatment of cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Centre for Collaborative Research on Hoarding
Principal Investigator: Sheila Woody

What makes compulsive hoarding such a difficult problem?  What are the best methods to help individuals with this problem? To help answer these questions, our research lab studies cognitive, social, emotional, and community aspects of compulsive hoarding.

Depression, Anxiety and Stress Lab
Principal Investigator: Joelle LeMoult

We are working to better understand the onset, presentation, and course of depression and anxiety disorders in adolescents and adults. We are particularly interested in why some individuals experience depression and anxiety in response to stress and why others do not. We have a number of projects underway designed to answer these questions by investigating cognitive, emotional, and biological responses to stress and negative affect.

Interpersonal Lab
Principal Investigator: Lynn Alden

Our research focuses on a number of topics related to anxiety and depression. The goal in our current research is to gain a better understanding of the problems and processes associated with several anxiety disorders, including social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. We are also interested in research that will lead to the ongoing development of psychological treatments for anxiety disorders.

Pain Research Laboratory
Principal Investigator: Kenneth Craig

Pain is the most pervasive and universal form of human distress, yet under-management is a serious problem for individuals, those who care for them, and the public at large. This lab aims to target weaknesses in pain management by investigating how social and psychological factors influence the expression and recognition of pain. In doing so, we seek out opportunities to collaborate with medical professionals and research scientists from a broad range of specialties, in order to improve upon current pain evaluation strategies in the health care field, and to build a more complete understanding of the experience of pain.

Parenting Lab
Principal Investigator: Charlotte Johnston

The research in our lab focuses both on families and parenting. Many of our studies address issues that arise in families with members who have been diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), but other studies are concerned with parent and child relationships in all types of families. Several of our recent studies have examined how parents and children within families think about each other’s behavior, and how these thoughts are related to parenting choices and child outcomes.

Peer Relationships in Childhood Lab
Principal Investigator: Amori Mikami

Our lab aims to understand why some children have trouble with making friends, keeping friends, and being accepted by their peer group, as well as what the consequences of these peer problems might be. Some of our research focuses on youth with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) because this population provides fertile ground to study peer difficulties, while other research concerns how typical kids interact.

Perfectionism and Psychopathology Lab
Principal Investigator: Paul Hewitt

Dr. Paul L. Hewitt’s research focuses primarily on personality vulnerabilities and their implications for psychological difficulties among adults, adolescents, and children. In particular, he has conducted extensive research on the construct of perfectionism as a maladaptive and multidimensional personality trait and interpersonal style that is related to problems such as suicide, depression, personality disorders, and relationship, achievement, and health problems. He is also conducting research on the treatment of perfectionism and provides assessment and treatment for individuals with perfectionism problems.

Personality, Emotion and Behaviour Lab
Principal Investigator: E. David Klonsky

The PEB Lab examines aspects of emotion and personality that dispose individuals to engage in maladaptive behaviours such as non-suicidal self-injury and suicide. The lab utilizes self-report questionnaires, clinical interviews, and measures of central and autonomic nervous system activity.