I approach these questions through a combination of self-report, behavioral, and psychophysiological (i.e., facial electromyography) approaches.
My background is in substance abuse research, where I studied the associations formed between environmental stimuli and drugs of abuse, including the types of responses these drug cues come to elicit in healthy humans. I also explored individual variation in cue responding and relationship between other risk factors for drug use, including subjective drug response, personality factors, and drug use history.
My current research interests are in exploring involvement of neurotransmitter systems, including endocannabinoid and opioid systems, in affect regulation using both genetic and pharmacological approaches.
I’m also interested in how environmental factors (e.g., stress, social rejection, social touch) can influence affective responding in both healthy and clinical populations, and how dysregulation of affective responses can contribute to clinical pathologies.