Welcome to the Emotion and Psychopathology (EmP) Lab

Dr. Edward A. Selby, Ph.D.

In the Emotion and Psychopathology (EmP) Lab, we study severe forms of psychopathology and how these disorders are a influenced by emotional processes.  The primary focus on the lab has been on suicidal and self-injurious behaviors, borderline personality disorder, and eating disorders such as bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa.  Important emotional factors we’ve looked at in the EmP lab to better understand psychopathology include:  emotional cascades, low distress tolerance, feelings of not belonging, feelings that one is a burden on others, maladaptive daydreaming, and lack of fear of pain and/or death.  We use a variety of methods including large dataset correlational methods, experimental methods, and experience sampling with the use of portable digital devices.  Future directions of the lab include development of technology-based treatments for these disorders using our emotional research and use of practical, easy-to-disseminate treatments such as meditation and exercise.  If you would like to learn more about this research or be involved in EmP Lab research in some way, please contact Professor Selby