Emotion & Learning Lab

Our lab conducts research centered on the identification of shared etiological mechanisms that underlie mood, anxiety, and trauma and stressor related disorders, and the translation of this knowledge into more effective psychotherapeutic and pharmacological interventions. Our recent work has focused on enhancing understanding of anhedonia, associated reward system impairments, and emotional reactivity and regulation dysfunction across psychiatric disorders.

We have investigated the presence and nature of these impairments across three conditions that are marked by deficits in reward responding/anhedonia (depression, post-traumatic stress disorder/PTSD, and schizophrenia). This includes research examining alterations in both the acquisition and extinction of reward learning, the relationship of these learning impairments to the clinical experience of anhedonia, and associations between reward learning and co-occurring nicotine dependence in these disorders. The transdiagnostic, phenotypic focus of my research is designed to promote the dissemination and application of new interventions across disorders and populations (e.g., depression, PTSD).

Dr. Gabrielle Liverant

To learn more about Dr. Gabrielle Liverant and her work, please visit her faculty page.

Current Graduate Students

I am a fifth year doctoral student in Dr. Gabrielle Liverant's lab at Suffolk University's Clinical Psychology program. My research interests include anxiety and related disorders, mindfulness, and using technology to increase accessibility to evidence-based treatments. I have completed clinical practica at McLean's Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Institute, the Bedford VA Domiciliary, Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders, and the Boston University’s Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders/Ryan Center Behavioral Medicine Track. This year, I will be training at the Boston VA PTSD clinic, working at the National Center for PTSD conducting assessments for research studies, and applying for internship.

Selected Publications

Kind, S. & Otis, J.D. (In Press). PTSD and chronic pain. Current Pain and Headache Reports, 23.

Arimitsu, K., Hitokoto, H., Kind, S., & Hofmann, S.G. (2018). Differences in Compassion, Well-being, and Social Anxiety between Japan and the US. Mindfulness, 1-9. doi: 10.1080/10615806.2011.608842

Hofmann, S.G., Curtiss, J., Carpenter, J., Kind, S. (2017). Effect of Treatments for Depression on Quality of Life: A Meta-Analysis. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. doi: 10.1080/16506073.2017.1304445

Curtiss, J., Carpenter, J., Kind, S., & Hofmann, S. (2016). Cognitive Enhancers for the Treatment of Anxiety Disorders. Oxford Handbooks Online. doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199935291.013.15

Hofmann, S. G., Stangier, U., Petrocchi, N., Lin, M., Kind, S., Mendes, A. (2015) The Effects of Mindfulness Based Loving Kindness Meditation on Depression. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2015. 1-11.

My name is Alora Rando and I am a second year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program at Suffolk University. After growing up in the Boston area, I moved out to Saint Paul, MN for college. I graduated from Macalester College with a B.A. in Psychology and Neuroscience in 2012 and then worked as a research assistant for three years on an NIH-funded Dismantling Mindfulness study at the Clinical and Affective Neuroscience lab at Brown University. I joined the doctoral program at Suffolk University in 2016, where I am a member of Gabrielle Liverant’s Emotion and Learning Lab. My research interests center on transdiagnostic mechanisms related to emotion regulation and learning that underlie mood, anxiety, and trauma related disorders. For my Early Research Project, I am conducting a study that aims to investigate psychophysiological changes associated with rumination as an emotion regulation strategy in response to sad mood.

Research Interests: Emotional reactivity; emotion regulation; mindfulness; acceptance-based treatments; rumination; depression; posttraumatic stress disorder; anxiety; psychophysiology

Publications

Arditte Hall, K.A., Rosebrock, L. E., Pineles, S. L., Rando, A., & Liverant, G.I. (November 2017). State and Trait Emotion Regulation in Veterans with PTSD and Depression. Poster accepted for the 33rd annual meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Chicago, IL.

Khan, A., Rando, A., Kind, S., Kamholz, B.W., Sloan, D.M., & Liverant, G.I. (May 2017). The additive effect of social anxiety disorder on punishment learning in veterans with unipolar depression. In G. I. Liverant (Chair), Alterations in Reward and Punishment Learning: Transdiagnostic Mechanisms and Potential Treatment Targets. Presented at the 29th annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science, Boston, MA.

Arditte Hall, K. A., Rosebrock, L. E., Pineles, S. L., Rando, A., & Liverant, G.I. (May 2017). The interaction of rumination and emotion regulation on sadness following negative autobiographical memory recall in veterans with depression. In S. L. Connolly & E. J. Hamlat (Chairs), Memory Biases, Rumination, and Depression: Underlying Mechanisms and Novel Interventions. Presented at the 29th annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science, Boston, MA.

Rosebrock, L., Arditte Hall, K.A., Pineles, S. L., Rando, A., Liverant, G.I. (May 2017). Rumination and emotion regulation strategies in veterans with depression and posttraumatic stress disorder. Presented at the 29th meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Boston, MA.