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


  • 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 direction 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!!


  • Dr. English won Wash U’s 2017-2018 Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award. Congrats, Dr. English! 
  • Lameese won 1st place in WashU’s 2017-2018 Graduate Research Symposium for her poster presentation on impression management goals and suppression use. Congrats, Lameese!
  • Katie had a new paper accepted in Emotion, titled “The effects of alcohol on humor appreciation: A facial coding analysis.” The paper is based on work she did with her former research mentor, Dr. Kasey Creswell, at the University of Pittsburgh. 
  • Lameese won the 2018 APS Albert Bandura Graduate Research Award for her recent publication on emotion regulation in adulthood. Congrats, Lameese!


  • Lameese and Dr. English had a new paper accepted in Psychology and Aging, titled “Another Year Older, Another Year Wiser? Emotion Regulation Strategy Selection and Flexibility Across Adulthood.”
  • Lameese won 2nd place in WashU’s 2018 Spring Three-Minute Thesis Competition for her oral presentation on emotion regulation accuracy in relationships. Congrats, Lameese!
  • Lameese won a Graduate Student Travel Award from the Graduate Student Senate to present her work on emotion regulation similarity at the 2018 Society for Affective Science Conference in Los Angeles, CA. Congrats, Lameese!
  • Katie gave an oral presentation on non-verbal behaviors at the 2018 Chancellor’s Graduate Fellowship Symposium.