Welcome to the Emotion and Relationships Lab!

Directed by Dr. Tammy English at Washington University in St. Louis

Unwanted emotions are a part of our everyday interactions, such as when we have a disagreement with a coworker or have to make a sacrifice for our romantic partner. Regulation of these emotions plays an important role in maintaining both personal and relational well-being. When emotion regulation attempts go well, they can help us reach not only our emotional goals, but also other types of goals, such as avoiding conflict with others. On the other hand, emotion regulation can also be damaging, especially if we use ineffective strategies. In the Emotion & Relationships Lab, we seek to gain a better understanding of how emotion regulation operates across different contexts, with a focus on the social nature of emotion regulation.

Recent Lab News


  • Dr. English had a new paper accepted in Science and Engineering Ethics titled “What explains associations of researchers’ nation of origin and scores on a measure of professional decision-making? Exploring key variables and interpretation of scores.”
  • One of our lab’s former research assistants – Nate Eckland – had a new paper accepted with Dr. English in Motivation and Emotion titled “Trait-level emotion regulation and emotional awareness predictors of empathic accuracy.
  • Lameese and Dr. English had a new paper accepted in the Journal of Personality titled “Regulating for a reason: Emotion regulation goals are linked to spontaneous strategy selection.


  • Molly Mendoza joined our lab as a project director. Welcome, Molly!


  • Tammy received a grant from the National Institute on Aging for a project examining how people spontaneously manage their emotions and the factors that influence their emotion regulation as we age. Congrats, Tammy!
  • Lameese and Dr. English had a new paper accepted in the Journal of Personality, titled “Individual differences in emotion regulation goals: Does personality predict the reasons why people regulate their emotions?


  • Lameese received a National Science Foundation SBE Postdoctoral Fellowship. She will be leaving the lab to do her postdoctoral work at Stanford University under the mentorship of Dr. James Gross. Congrats, Lameese!
  • Lameese and Dr. English had a new paper accepted in the Journal of Affective Disorders, titled “Affective instability predicts the course of depression in late middle-age and older adulthood.” 


  • Isidro successfully passed his Masters defense. Congrats, Master Isidro!


  • Lameese successfully passed her dissertation defense. Congrats, Dr. Eldesouky!