Joanna Arch

Joanna Arch, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
Research Interests: Our work focuses on understanding and developing interventions for anxiety disorders, stress, and coping with cancer. We study mindfulness and acceptance-based as well as exposure-based behavioral interventions. Click name for full bio.
cinnamon bidwell

Cinnamon Bidwell, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
Research Interests: Dr. Bidwell’s primary research focus is translational studies investigating the effects of abused drugs and how these effects impact psychological and physical health acutely and chronically. Click name for full bio.
Nomita Chhabildas

Nomita Chhabildas, PhD

Adjunct Clinical Faculty
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
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Sona Dimidjian, PhD

Professor
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
Dr. Sona Dimidjian is a professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her research focuses on cultivating mental health and wellness among women, children, and families. She develops and studies programs and practices in education and healthcare settings, with an emphasis on navigating key developmental transitions, such as the perinatal period, early childhood, and adolescence. She also has a longstanding interest in expanding access, scaling, and sustaining effective programs, using both digital technology and community-based partnerships. Current projects focus on preventing depression and supporting wellness among new and expectant mothers, promoting healthy body image and leadership among young women, and enhancing mindfulness and compassion among youth, families and educators. Her research is funded by the National Institutes of Health and foundations dedicated to supporting positive social and community impact. She is the recipient of numerous awards acknowledging her teaching and clinical research, including the Dorothy Martin Women’s Faculty Award and the Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award at the University of Colorado Boulder along with the Susan Hickman Award from Postpartum Support International and the Women and Psychotherapy Award from Division 35 of the American Psychological Association. She received her BA in psychology from the University of Chicago and her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Washington.
june gruber

June Gruber, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
Dr. Gruber's research focuses on positive emotion disturbance, 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. Click name for full bio.
Kent Hutchison

Kent Hutchison, PhD

Professor
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
Research Interests: Kent Hutchison, PhD, is a professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of Colorado in Boulder and the Founder of the Center for Research and Education Addressing Cannabis and Health (CU REACH). Dr. Hutchison has been an NIH funded scientist for the past 20 years and has published numerous papers in the area of substance use. Dr. Hutchison recently served on the National Academy of Sciences committee that published a comprehensive report on the health effects of cannabis in late 2016. Dr. Hutchison has also recently given two congressional briefings on this subject matter. He is also the principal investigator (or co-investigator) on three new NIH funded studies that examine the effects of cannabis products (e.g., flower, edibles, concentrates) purchased in the state of Colorado. Specifically, the studies are designed to compare the effects of CBD only products, THC combined with CBD, or THC only on cognitive outcomes, anxiety, and pain using a mobile pharmacology lab. This research focuses on a number of patient populations, including pain patients, individuals who want to stop using opiates, veterans, and the elderly. The mobile lab allows for the assessment of blood levels of THC and CBD and a test of whether blood levels of these cannabinoids predict the effects of cannabis on key outcomes (e.g., reductions in pain and opiate use). Importantly, this approach is also consistent with federal laws that have restricted cannabis research in the past. Dr. Hutchison has also been actively developing an online educational program at the University of Colorado that is focused cannabis and health. Click name for full bio.
Rosi Kaiser

Roselinde Kaiser, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
In the Research on Affective Disorders and Development (RADD) laboratory we are working to understand neurocognitive dysfunction in depression, including abnormalities in the structure, molecular signaling, and coordinated activity of brain networks involved in cognitive regulation and learning. We explore these topics from a developmental perspective, with special interest in using neurocognitive risk markers to predict the onset and course of depression or bipolar disorders in teens or young adults. Clinically, we are testing how neurocognitive functioning may be enhanced to foster mood health, with the goal of translating basic science into improved treatment and emotional wellness. Click name for full bio.
Matthew Keller

Matthew Keller, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
Dr. Keller is a primary member of the Behavioral, Psychiatric, and Statistical Genetics faculty and also affiliated with the Clinical Psychology program. Students he admits will be co-mentored by a core Clinical professor. Professor Keller's lab research uses measured genetic data, genetically informative family data, and simulations to help elucidate the "genetic architecture" of heritable traits in humans, particularly psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia. For example, do schizophrenia risk alleles tend to be rare (recently arisen) or common (more ancient) in the population? Do they tend to have additive or non-additive effects? Do they also tend to influence other psychiatric disorders, such as bipolar disorder, or do they tend to increase the risk of schizophrenia only? Data that has come out in the last five years allows scientists, for the first time, to begin to directly interrogate the genome in search of answers to these questions. At the same time, models developed over the last century in evolutionary genetics can help guide research and situate findings in a rich theoretical framework. Dr. Keller's lab utilizes this evolutionary genetic framework to better understand the genetics of human differences. Click name for full bio.
Vijay Mittal

Vijay Mittal, PhD

Assistant Professor at Northwestern University • Affiliated with University of Colorado Boulder
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
Research Interests: The Mittal lab is working to develop an early identification program aimed at examining markers of susceptibility for the onset and course of serous mental illness, such as schizophrenia.
Soo Rhee

Soo Rhee, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
Research Interests: Etiology of childhood disruptive disorders and substance use disorders. Click name for full bio.
Emily Richardson

Emily Richardson, PhD

Associate Clinical Professor
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
Research Interests: Neuropsychological assessment; cognitive correlates of decline in daily living abilities of older adults and cognitive interventions in older at-risk drivers. Click name for full bio.
whisman

Mark Whisman, PhD

Professor • Associate Chair, Director of Undergraduate Studies
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
Research Interests: Functioning in intimate relationships such as marriage and the onset, course, and treatment of mental and physical health problems, with a focus on depression. Cognitive theory and therapy for depression. Individual and relationship factors and processes associated with the onset, course, and treatment of adverse intimate relationship outcomes. Click name for full bio.
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Erik Willcutt, PhD

Professor
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
Research Interests: Etiology and assessment of ADHD, learning disabilities, and other developmental psychopathologies. Click name for full bio.