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).

Gabrielle Liverant

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

Current Graduate Students

Amanda Khan

I am currently a fifth year student in the Clinical Psychology PhD program at Suffolk under the mentorship of Dr. Gabrielle Liverant. I was born in New Orleans and have lived in Texas and California. I graduated from San Diego State University (SDSU) with a B.A. in Psychology and also completed a Master’s of Arts at SDSU in Psychology with a concentration in Cognitive Neuroscience. I moved to Boston (first cold weather state!) in 2013 to attend Suffolk. My doctoral program of research has focused on emotion regulation and learning processes involved in the development and maintenance of depression, anxiety, trauma, and substance-related disorders. I’m particularly interested in transdiagnostic perspectives of understanding and treating these disorders. My dissertation examines the additive effect of social anxiety disorder on punishment and reward learning in veterans with major depressive disorder. It is my hope that this research informs treatment strategies employed to treat these frequently comorbid conditions. I also have been fortunate to have fantastic and rigorous evidence-based training across a host of hospitals in Boston, which have strengthened and continuously informed my research as well as provided many research opportunities. I am currently a Clinical Fellow at the Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders at MGH and applying for APA internship nationally. I hope to obtain an internship in an academic medical center where I can continue both my clinical training and research.

Research Interests: transdiagnostic affective, behavioral, and cognitive factors involved in the development and maintenance of depression, anxiety, trauma, and substance-related disorders; treatment efficacy (especially for treating traumatic stress and depression); mechanisms of change

Publications:

Oser, M., Khan, A. J., Gruner, G., Kolojde, M., & Epstein, J. (Under Review). Mindfulness and interoceptive exposure therapy for anxiety sensitivity in atrial fibrillation: A pilot feasibility randomized controlled study. Behavior Modification.

Pedrelli, P., MacPherson, L., Khan, A. J., Shapero, B., Fisher, L., Nyer, M., Cassano, P., Parnarouskis, L., & Farabaugh, P., Silveri, M. M., & Fava, M. (Under Review). Sex differences in the association between heavy drinking and behavioral distress tolerance and emotional reactivity among young adults. Alcohol and Alcoholism.

Khan, A. J., Pedrelli, P., Shapero, B., Fisher, L., Nyer, M., Farabaugh, A., I., & MacPherson, L. (Under Review). The association between distress tolerance and alcohol related problems: The pathway of drinking to cope. Substance Use and Misuse.

Serowik, K., Khan, A. J., Locurto, J., & Orsillo, S. (Under Review). The conceptualization and measurement of values: A review of the psychometric properties of measures developed to inform values work with adults. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment.

Khan, A. J., Nair, A., Keown, C., Keehn, B., Müller, R.-A. (2015). Cerebro-cerebellar resting state functional connectivity in adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Biological Psychiatry, 78(9), 625-34.

*Ranked one of the most cited articles from 2015 in Biological Psychiatry

Selected Symposiums and Posters:

Khan, A. J., Kind, S., Kamholz, B., Sloan, D. & Liverant, G. I. (2017). The additive effect of social anxiety disorder on punishment learning in Veterans with unipolar depression. In G. Liverant (Chair), Alterations in reward and punishment learning: transdiagnostic mechanisms and potential treatment targets. Symposium conducted at the Association of Psychological Science (APS) Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.

Khan, A. J., Gruner, G., Zinser, J., Kolodziej, M., Epstein, L., & Oser, M. (2017). Preliminary findings from a pilot randomized controlled trial of mindfulness and interoceptive exposure for anxiety sensitivity in atrial fibrillation. Poster presented at Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA.

Khan, A. J., Dick, A., Kind, S., Black, S. K., Suvak, M., Kamholz, B. W., Sloan, D. M., Liverant, G. I. (2016). The impact of fear of depressed mood on physiological responding in Veterans with unipolar depression. Poster presented at Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) Annual Meeting. New York, NY.

Shelley Kind

I am a third year doctoral student in Suffolk University's Clinical Psychology program. I went to Colby College for undergraduate and majored in Psychology and English, with an emphasis in Creative Writing. During college, I worked as a research assistant in the Emotion and Personality labs. After college, I worked at Boston University as a research coordinator in Dr. Stefan Hofmann's lab working on treatment outcome studies. At Suffolk, I am in Dr. Gabrielle Liverant's lab. My research interests include emotion, treatment process and outcome, mindfulness, and dissemination work. My practicum last year was at McLean's Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Institute and this year, I am at the Bedford VA, working with homeless veterans. I also work in a private practice and for a research study at Boston Medical Center, implementing behavioral activation and acceptance based treatments for patients who have HIV, depressed mood, and chronic pain.

Posters:

Carpenter, J., Curtiss, J., Kind, S., Hofmann, S. (2016, October) Effects of CBT and SSRIs on Quality of Life in Depression: A Quantitative Review. Submitted to the annual meeting of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, New York, NY.

Khan, A. J., Dick, A., Kind, S., Black, S. K., Suvak, M., Kamholz, B. W., Sloan, D. M., Liverant, G. I. (2016, October). The impact of fear of depressed mood on physiological responding in Veterans with unipolar depression. Poster presented at Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy (ABCT) Annual Meeting. New York, NY.

Khan, A. J., Kind, S., Liverant, G. I. (2016, October). Fear of anxiety predicts comorbid Social Anxiety Disorder in Veterans with unipolar depression. Poster presented at Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy (ABCT) Annual Meeting. New York, NY.

Kind, S., Khan, A. J., Milligan, C., Sloan, D. M., Gallagher, M. W., Kamholz, B. W., & Liverant, G. I. (2016, October). Emotional acceptance and suppression: Effects on self-reported affect and physiological responding among Veterans with depression. Poster presented at Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy (ABCT) Annual Meeting. New York, NY.

Milligan, C., Burnham, S., Khan, A., Kind. S., Liverant, G. I., (2016, April). The relationship between symptom severity and emotion regulation strategy in veterans with unipolar depression. Presented at Fenway Psychology Research Conference at Emmanuel College, Boston, MA.

Khan, A. J., Kind, S., Milligan, C., Kamholz, B., Sloan, D. & Liverant, G. (2016, April). The Additive Effect of Social Anxiety Disorder in Type of Learning in a Sample of Veterans with Major Depressive Disorder. Presented at Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

Dick, A., Khan, A. J., Kind, S., Suvak, M., Kamholz, B., Sloan, D., & Liverant, G. (2016, April). The Impact of Fear of Depression and Emotion Regulation in Veterans with Major Depressive Disorder. Presented at Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

Carpenter, J., Curtiss, J., Kind, S., Hofmann, S. (2015, November). Cognitive Behavioral Therapy versus Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors on Quality of Life in the Treatment of Major Depression: A Meta-Analysis. Presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Chicago, IL.

Kind, S., Curtiss, J. D., Klemenski. (2015, November). The intervening role of emotion dysregulation in relationship between intolerance of uncertainty and symptoms of GAD: A sequential mediation model. Presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Chicago, IL.

Kind, S., Sheets, E. S., Li, M., & Zakon, M. (2013, November). Rumination as a barrier to effective interpersonal problem-solving: Evidence in currently and previously depressed emerging adults. Presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Nashville, TN.

Kind, S., & Hallett, K. (2012, December). Do We Have To Be Scared To Care? An Examination of the TMT and MMM Conceptions of Threat-Relevant and Threat-Irrelevant Altruism. Presented at the Department of Psychology Research Symposium, Colby College.

Kind, S., Sutandi, A., & Tyler, K. (2012, May). The Effects of Emotion on False Memory. Presented at the Colby College Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Kind, S., Brown, M., Mawn, H., & McLaughlin, J. (2011, May). Mock Jury: The Effects of Source Quality and Pre-Event Evaluation on Judgments of Blame. Presented at the Colby College Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Publications:

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

Arimitsu, K., Hitokoto, H., Kind, S. & Hofmann, S.G. (2016). Cultural differences in compassion for self and others and well-being between Japan and the United States. International Journal of Psychology, 51(526).

Mathur, M. B., Epel, E., Kind, S., Desai, M., Parks, C. G., Sandler, D. P., & Khazeni, N. (2016). Toward a mechanistic understanding of psychosocial factors in telomere degradation. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity.

Mathur, M., Stave, C., Kind, S., Khazeni, N. (2016). Perceived stress and telomere length: A systematic review, meta-analysis, and methodologic considerations for advancing the field. Brain Behavior and Immunity.

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

Lin, M., Hofmann, S.G., Qian, M., Kind, S., Yu, H. (2015). Attention allocation in social anxiety during a speech. Cognition and Emotion. 1-16. doi: 10.1080/02699931.2015.1050359

Kind, S., Hofmann, S. (2015). Boosting Memory Improves CBT and Exposure Therapy Results. Retrieved from Anxiety.org.

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.

Kind, S., Hofmann, S. (2014). Mindfulness Can Help Reduce Anxiety. Retrieved from Anxiety.org.

Alora Rando

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.