I am a clinical psychologist by training with specializations in affective neuroscience and psychophysiology. The aim of my research program is to delineate the neural and psychological mechanisms of emotion regulation. My colleagues and I (Urry & Gross, 2010; Opitz, Gross, & Urry, 2012) have developed a conceptual framework (Selection, Optimization, and Compensation with Emotion Regulation; SOC-ER) within which to consider how individuals choose emotion regulation strategies and the effectiveness of those strategies in the context of changing resources. With that framework, I study the strategies people choose to regulate their emotions and their ability (or inability) to carry out those strategies successfully in emotional contexts. Our upcoming work will focus on identifying emotion and emotion-regulatory processes that serve as reliable predictors of performance under stress.
I’m an enthusiastic member of the Psychological Science Accelerator, the Society for Affective Science, and the Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science.