Current Projects

PhD Member



Lisa Boticelli

Depression Awareness and Resident Physician Mental Health

Despite a high prevalence of depression and suicidal ideation among physician trainees, few seek care from a professional. This cross-sectional study examines the attitudes of resident physicians toward mental illness and seeking treatment, as well as their coping strategies. It examines barriers to seeking treatment, in addition to means to facilitate the utilization of mental healthcare services.

Daniela Cannizarro

The Role of Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation in the Treatment of Substance Use Disorders

My research focuses on the ways intrinsic and extrinsic types of motivation may be involved in helping individuals make the decision to reduce their substance use. My MA thesis found that substance users' levels of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation upon treatment entry could predict their ability to have successful treatment outcomes several months after treatment. My dissertation will examine how these types of motivation change over time throughout the course of treatment

Thomas Chao

Boredom Induced Experiential Discounting in Cocaine Users

This study examines how state of boredom impacts impulsive decision-making in a sample of cocaine users relative to controls. Employing a laboratory boredom induction and real-time temporal discounting measurements, this study aims to contribute clinically-relevant understandings of the mechanisms underlying boredom’s exacerbation of cocaine abuse.

Marty Fagin



Andrew Finkelstein




Samuel Koval

The Effect of a Brief Mindfulness Induction on State Boredom During a Subsequent Boredom Induction Task

The aim of this project is to test whether a short mindfulness meditation might at least reduce, if not inoculate against feelings of boredom when participants are subsequently subjected to a boring situation.

Emily Maple



Anwar Siddiqui



Andrea Singer



Ryan Tellalian

Limited affective resource theory: It is all in your head?

Ego depletion has been shown to have an effect only on those who believe that cognitive resources are finite. These studies investigate whether the same effect holds true with regard to belief in limited affective resources cross-sectionally and by experimental manipulation, and how affective ego depletion may be related to substance use/abuse.

Gillian Wilson






MA Member



Rebecca Reidy

Social Judgements After Boredom Induction

Previous research supports that boredom may lead to a polarized belief system, such as increased political party alignment. Since social judgments are likely to be affected by political affiliation, the current research addresses the relationship between boredom and social judgments.

Alexandra Romano

Effects of Negative Affect and Effortful Control on Autobiographical Memory

There is evidence that people with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) tend to report different recall of events than people without BPD. The goal of this research is to illuminate the cognitive underpinnings of these autobiographical memory differences. The study will use a normative population, measure negative affect and effortful control, and discover whether those that match a BPD population in these two cognitive aspects possess similar autobiographical memory deficits.