Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
University of Colorado Boulder
Muenzinger Psychology
345 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0345
Office:  Muenzinger D321C

Overnight Mail: Muenzinger Building D244

Dr. Gruber will be reviewing applications to admit new students for Fall 2017.


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. 

For more information, visit: Positive Emotion and Psychopathology (PEP) Laboratory Website


Dr. Gruber has a passion for teaching the science of human emotion, happiness and psychopathology. She  regularly teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on these topics, and enjoys disseminating the study of affective science outside of the classroom, and has directed the Experts in Emotion Interview Series, created an online course in Human Emotion available freely through YouTube and iTunes U, and has given aTEDx on the “dark side” of happiness.  More details about her teaching interests can be found here.

About June Gruber

June Gruber received her B.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology from UC Berkeley, where she was an NIMH Predoctoral Fellow in Affective Science. Dr. Gruber was previously an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Yale University, and in 2014 moved to the University of Colorado Boulder. Dr. Gruber has authored over 80 articles and chapters and edited Positive Emotion: Integrating the Light Sides and Dark Sides. Her work has been recognized by a Rising Star Award from the Association for Psychological Science, NARSAD Young Investigator Award, and Yale University's Arthur Greer Memorial Prize for Outstanding Junior Faculty and her work been funded by the NIMH, NSF, NARSAD, and the Templeton Foundation.