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Gruber, June Assistant Professor

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  • Dr. Gruber's research focuses on positive emotion disturbances, or the delineating the ways in which positive emotion can go awry and towards developing an integrated clinical affective science model of positive emotion disturbance. Specific questions of interest include whether positive emotion -- in particular degrees, contexts, durations, or types -- be a predictor of maladaptive behavioral syndromes and relevant psychological-health outcomes. Her work examines perturbations in positive valence systems in clinical populations characterized by disturbed positive emotion (e.g., bipolar disorder and depression) as well as health community samples of adults and adolescents to delineate the normative function of emotion. Work conducted in Dr. Gruber’s laboratory utilizes a multi-modal approach across experiential (e.g., self-report, narrative), behavioral (e.g., FACS, iEAR), and neurobiological (e.g., peripheral psychophysiology, neuroendocrine, EEG, and FMRI) levels of analysis.

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  • affective science, psychopathology, happiness, well-being

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Teaching

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  • PSYC 3131 - Human Emotion
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Summer 2019 / Fall 2019
    Introduces students to a diverse array of theoretical and empirical issues related to the study of human emotion. Evolutionary theories of anger, love and disgust; emotion and morality; cultural and gender differences; emotion and the brain; relation between emotion and thinking; development of emotion; and abnormal emotions in mental illness.
  • PSYC 3303 - Abnormal Psychology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Examines etiological, theoretical, clinical,diagnostic, and experimental perspectives of major mental health disorders, with an emphasis on the main symptoms and diagnostic criteria associated with these disorders.
  • PSYC 4011 - Senior Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Critically reviews some aspect of psychological literature, scholarly analysis of a major psychological issue, and/or empirical research project. See the psychology honors director for further information.
  • PSYC 5131 - Affective Science
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Core graduate course on affective science and fulfills APA Cognitive and Affective Aspects of Behavior Requirement. Introduces students to a diverse array of theoretical and empirical issues related to the study of human emotion. Evolutionary theories of emotions; cognitive and behavioral aspects of emotion; neurobiological mechanisms; development of emotion; and psychopathology and emotion.
  • PSYC 6911 - Research Practicum
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
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  • PSYC 7703 - Seminar: Clinical Psychology
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Selected topics in the area of clinical psychology. May be repeated up to 21 total credit hours. Instructor consent required.

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