Research

In the Department of Psychology, we're committed to the communities we serve. Our research labs are spaces for innovative work that tackles real-world issues such as the underlying processes that affect anxiety in children and adolescents, how early life experiences shape physical and mental health throughout life, and the causes and consequences of trauma, violence and abuse. Undergraduates, graduate students and faculty come together in our state-of-the-art facilities to pose challenging questions and discover cutting-edge solutions that reach beyond the bounds of conventional psychological science. With twenty active research labs, you'll conduct hands-on research that makes a difference.

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C+V Community Talk in Partnership with Heritage Months: Disability Employment Awareness Month

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October is National Disability Employment Awareness month and is honored each year to acknowledge the valuable impact that people with varied disabilities make in the workplace. Join us in conversation during the October 28 C+V Community Talk in Partnership with Heritage Months as we reflect on the varied contributions of disabled persons, learn about ensuring access to employment and education, and hear stories of living life without limiting beliefs.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

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Past Event: Special Edition C+V Community Talk: The Veteran Experience & Afghanistan

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As the world watched Afghanistan swiftly fall to Taliban control, American and Allied Veterans, Servicemembers and their families experienced a wide range of feelings, emotions, and reactions. Join us for a special edition Community Talk, where panelists will discuss personal and professional experiences of America’s longest war drawing to an abrupt close. 

 

Recording coming soon!

Resources:

 

  • Veterans Crisis Hotline 1-800-273-8255 text 838255
  • Colorado Crisis Services 1-844-493-8255
  • Local Rocky Mountain VA Medical Center-303-399-8020
  • Denver Vet Center-303-326-0645
  • Cohen Military Family Clinic- (303) 724-4255
  • DU’s Sturm Center-303-871-7942-we provide culturally-competent and evidence-based care to Veterans, SMs and their families for DU and the community across Colorado.  You can also go onto our website and sign up for an initial appt at https://psychology.du.edu/clinics/sturm-center.
  • If you are a DU Veteran, SM or family member-reach out to Damon Vine, Director of Veterans Services and visit the lounge in the Community Commons building on DU campus.

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Past Event: C+V Community Talk in Partnership with Heritage Months: LGBTQIA+ Community and the Intersectionality of our Histories

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In tandem with National Coming Out Day (10/11), Spirit Day (10/20) and Ally Weeks, the month of October holds significant space and recognition for the LGBTQIA+ community. Blossoming from its initial goals of commemoration and calls to action, LGBTQIA+ History Month has now taken on the approach to highlight and celebrate exemplary role models from the community.  

Join us in conversation during the 10/14 C+V panel event to listen how the learning, unlearning and relearning of our shared and unique histories provides the potential for healing and wholeness.  

11:30am - 12:30pm

Video recording coming soon!

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Past Event: C+V Community Talk in Partnership with Heritage Months: An Inclusive Future for Latinx People in Colorado

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By 2050, Latinx individuals will be the largest share of Colorado’s racial and ethnic minority population. What does the future look like for the Latinx community in Colorado? How do we work together to address the inequities that impact the Latinx community? How do we conserve our traditions and identity when people are getting displaced from their communities? 

Join us for a discussion about navigating the future in Colorado as a Latinx community members. 

11:30am - 12:30pm

Recording coming soon!

Take action: The DU Latino Alumni Association (DULAA) invites you to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of the Hispanic and Latinx community by making a gift to the DULAA Endowed Scholarship during National Hispanic Heritage Month. Visit Giving Page>

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2021 Fall Quarter DU Days

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Rock your DU merch and show your pride on Fridays, and you could win a gift card if our staffers see you wearing it!

When: Every Friday between September 24th and November 19th
Where: DU Campus-wide

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Past Event: C+V Community Talk: Coming Back Together: A Celebration of our DU Community

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We want to take a moment to be together in community as we kick off our first C+V Community Talk of the new academic year. We want to celebrate together, recognize those who we have lost, talk about lessons learned, and think through as a community about how we navigate the highs and lows of it all together, as DU. 

11:30am - 12:30pm

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2021 Fall Quarter C+V, Office of the Provost, & 4D Community Wellness Hours

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With our return back to campus, we want to celebrate being in community together again. Come have a snack or drink on us every Tuesday and Thursday and chat with fellow community members!

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Coming Back Together as a DU Community: Fall 2021

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Find events, programs, resources, and more to get connected at DU!


As we all come back together in community this fall, we know that many want to celebrate together while also look for community and supports during this transition to this 'new normal. Therefore, in order to serve the community and help each other feel connected during these times, Community + Values has compiled a list of programs, events, and resources for the DU community.

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Meet our 2021-2022 C+V Graduate Fellows

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Meet the 2021-2022 C+V Graduate Fellows! Learn more about their experiences and how they'll be co-leading the work of C+V.

Hibah Ahmad

Andrea Hernandez Perez

DJ Hightower

Ryan Rose

Initiative

Automaticity, Affect, Control & Thought (AACT) Lab

About

Kateri McRae, PhD, director

Our lab uses behavioral and brain-based methods to answer questions about how we feel, how we think (thought), and how feelings and thoughts can change each other. AACT stands for automaticity, affect, control and thought. Our lab members conduct research on these affective, or emotional, and cognitive processes among individuals of many diverse backgrounds. Some of these processes are relatively automatic and occur without effort, but others are more deliberate or controlled. Our main focus has been the way that different types of cognitive processes influence emotional responding, such as individuals’ emotional responses when distracted, reinterpreting emotional events or providing a verbal label for their emotional experience.

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Behavioral Research for Anxiety InterVention Efficiency (BRAVE) Lab

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Michelle Rozenman, PhD, director

Our research lab aims to improve treatments for children and adolescents with anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder and related problems. We study processes that underlie these conditions, including how youth think, feel and act. Then, our goal is to adapt or develop treatments to modify these processes. We study anxiety mechanisms, including cognitive bias, distress tolerance, associative learning, psychophysiological reactivity during acute stress, and avoidance and approach behavior, in both cross-sectional investigations and clinical trials. We are committed to improving the evidence-base for anxiety assessment and intervention with methods that have potential for translation into practical, clinical community settings outside the laboratory. Our ultimate goal is to help kids and teens feel brave so that they can do the things they want and have to do.

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Biology, Environments & Mood Studies (BEAMS) Lab

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Erika Manczak, PhD, director

Amid discussions of nature versus nurture, we're broadly interested in how these forces work together — how experiences in our environments can change biological processes and how biological risk can modify the effects of experiences. Our lab examines how these features of social relationships interact with biological processes to predict mental and physical health in families. We are particularly interested in how important relationships affect immune processes in ways that increase risk for depression during adolescence; however, we also examine risk across other developmental periods (e.g., prenatal, young childhood, adulthood) and consider additional biological pathways (e.g., epigenetic modifications, somatic fitness, metabolomic profiles) that may confer or buffer risk. The BEAMS Lab believes the best science is built from diverse perspectives, backgrounds and experiences. We are committed to fostering an inclusive environment in our lab, our classrooms and our community.