Sarah Rose Cavanagh, Ph.D.is on the faculty at Assumption College, where she directs the Laboratory for Cognitive and Affective Science. She also collaborates with Heather L. Urry's Emotion, Brain, and Behavior Laboratory as a Research Affiliate. Her research considers whether the strategies people choose to regulate their emotions and the degree to which they successfully accomplish this regulation can predict trajectories of psychological functioning over time. She has explored these questions in college students exposed to mood inductions, in a cross-cultural trauma-exposed sample, and in the context of remitted major depression. Most recently, she is investigating whether individual differences in cognitive resources may predict response to early mindfulness practice, and the extent to which humor can buffer and/or repair negative mood states. She earned her doctorate in Experimental Psychology from Tufts University, studying with Lisa M. Shin in her Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Neuroimaging Lab.
Reflecting on contemporary research in affective neuroscience.