Welcome to the Emotion and Mental Health Lab!

Directed by Dr. Renee J. Thompson at Washington University in St. Louis

The lab’s research centers on understanding people’s everyday emotional experiences. We use multi-method approaches, including ecological momentary assessment, to examine how people feel throughout their daily lives. The lab is interested in what impacts how people feel, how people regulate their emotions, their beliefs about their emotions, and how emotion is involved in decision making. We recruit a variety of samples, including adolescents and adults, and people with and without anxiety and depressive disorders. 

*Recent Lab News*

  • Renee Thompson and Alison Tuck along with Rebecca Wanzo, Reem Hilu, and Raven Maragh-Lloyd were awarded a WUSTL Seeding Projects for Enabling Excellence & Distinction” (SPEED) for their collaboration addressing questions related to social support systems across social media, the relationship vulnerable populations have to media, and how interdisciplinary collaboration can transform how scholars approach media. link
  • The lab’s NIA funding was announced in Wash U’s The Record. link
  • Our lab members are presenting their research at the 2022 Society for Affective Science Conference. Beatris Garcia is presenting a poster describing her theoretical model of perseverative thinking and emotion regulation. Alison Tuck is presenting a research poster examining emotion goals and motives in depression.  Daphne Liu is giving a talk on interpersonal emotion regulation and depression.
  • Beatris Garcia is our newest lab member, starting  as a first year graduate student in the clinical area. Welcome, Beatris!
  • Alison Tuck published a first-author paper on her research examining social networking site use before and during Covid. Congrats, Alison!
  • Over the summer, Daphne Liu started her clinical psychology internship at Emory University, and alum, Tasha Bailen, started her postdoc at Boston University, working with Tim Brown, Ph.D. Congrats to both!
  • We want to welcome Mary Kleinman & Becca Feldman, who joined the lab to work on the new R01 grant with Dr. English and Dr. Braver’s labs. 
  • Emotion and Mental Health Lab graduate students, Daphne Liu and Alison Tuck, are presenting at the 2021 Society for Affective Science Conference in April! Daphne’s  submission “Age Differences in Interpersonal Emotion Regulation Seeking Behaviors in Everyday Life” was selected to be published after the conference in a supplement of Affective Science. 
  • Emotion Lab research highlighted in the New York Times!*  Read the article, which explores feeling bad about feeling good during COVID-19, here