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Clinical Labs

Note that although you will apply to only 1 program, your research mentor (e.g., thesis and dissertation advisor) might be affiliated with any of our 5 programs.

Aki's Laboratory
(Faculty Investigator: Akihiko Masuda)

The primary focus of this Lab is the investigation of psychological health from a functional contextual perspective. The work of this lab is quite broad, ranging from a descriptive survey study, to treatment analogue study, and to clinical outcome/process studies. More specifically, the lab has studied Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as a treatment method-and-conceptual model for a wide range of psychological and behavioral issues

Anxiety Research and Treatment (ART) Laboratory
(Faculty Investigator: Page Anderson)

A primary focus of the Anxiety Research and Treatment (ART) Lab is clinical outcome research for the treatment of anxiety disorders. One line of research investigates the use of virtual reality as a tool for exposure therapy and has been applied to specific phobias and social anxiety disorder. Another area of interest is the relation between culture and social anxiety.

Behavioral Science Laboratory
(Faculty Investigator: Dominic Parrott)

The overarching aim of the Behavioral Science Laboratory is to identify individuals who are most likely to engage in aggressive behavior as well as the environmental conditions that facilitate their aggression. As such, clinical and social psychological research in the lab examines a wide variety of risk factors for aggression. Of particular clinical interest, we are interested in evaluating the effects of acute alcohol intoxication and cognitive processes on aggression. Of similar interest in the social realm are the effects of personality and attitudinal constructs (e.g., prejudice) and situational and/or social cues (e.g., the presence of others) on the perpetration of aggression. Current studies include: (1) a laboratory-based project designed to examine how specific affective and cognitive processes mediate the relationship between alcohol intoxication and intimate partner aggression, and (2) a laboratory-based project designed to ascertain in whom and in which situations alcohol intoxication causes aggression toward gay men and lesbians.

The Child Health and Medical Pain (CHAMP) Laboratory
(Faculty Investigator: Lindsey L. Cohen)

Pediatric Psychology research in the CHAMP lab examines topics that overlap the disciplines of medicine and child psychology. Issues such as adherence to medical regimens and family functioning around a chronic illness are explored. The central focus of the CHAMP lab is to investigate childrens medical procedures (e.g., injections, venipuncture). Goals in this line of study are both practical and theoretical. From an applied perspective, Dr. Cohen develops and thoroughly evaluates practical interventions that will decrease distress and increase coping for children, parents, and medical staff during painful pediatric procedures. Based more in theory, Dr. Cohen examines the array of inter- and intra-personal variables present during these stressful events. All of the CHAMP lab projects involve interdisciplinary collaboration with professionals in medical clinics, hospitals, and pediatrician’s offices in the Atlanta area.

Clinical Neuropsychology Laboratories
(Faculty Investigators: Tricia King, Robin Morris, Diana Robins, Erin McClure Tone)

Our labs share the goal of investigating cognitive and emotional functions in humans using several methodologies including functional neuroimaging, psychophysiology, experimental cognitive tasks, and traditional clinical neuropsychological assessment measures. We have interests in learning more about the biological, psychological and social-environmental processes underlying developmental disorders and acquired neurological conditions across the lifespan. Therefore we are committed to clinical research in the field of developmental neuropsychology. Our goals are to advance our understanding of brain-behavior relationships, and to further the development of empirically validated classification criteria, reliable and valid assessment measures and effective intervention strategies for these clinical populations. The majority of our projects are collaborative efforts.
The following projects are ongoing in our labs:

  1. An investigation to identify biopsychosocial predictors of optimal functioning in long-term survivors of childhood brain tumors (T. King & R. Morris);
  2. Studies of predictors of functioning in adults and children treated for dyslexia (R. Morris);
  3. Functional imaging studies of the neural substrate associated with component reading processes and the impact of treatment on patterns of brain activation during reading tasks (R. Morris);
  4. Functional imaging and psychophysiological studies of the neural basis of emotional regulation and memory, and the impact of temporal lobectomy on these processes (T. King);
  5. An intervention study comparing several treatment strategies implemented in a classroom setting and assessing their impact on post-treatment brain function (R. Morris);
  6. Cognitive profiles, reading achievement, developmental trajectories and response to intervention in bilingual children (R. Morris);
  7. Patterns of neuropsychological strengths and deficits and comorbid psychiatric disorders in adults with developmental learning disabilities and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (M. Morris);
  8. Tactile discrimination deficits in adult dyslexics on tasks that demand serial/sequential processing (M. Morris);
  9. Developmental trajectories of children diagnosed with brain tumors (T. King);
  10. Early detection of autism spectrum disorder (D. Robins);
  11. Psychophysiological and functional neuroimaging studies of emotion perception in autism spectrum disorders (D. Robins & T. King); and
  12. Functional neuroimaging and behavioral studies of mood and anxiety disorders across early development and young adulthood (E. McClure Tone).

For more information, please see our individual faculty web pages.

El Centro: National Latino Research Center on Domestic Violence
(Faculty Investigator: Julia Perilla)

El Centro is a national research center on domestic violence in Latino communities. It is part of the National Latino Alliance to Eliminate Domestic Violence, an organization sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services. El Centro was established in response to the need for culturally relevant and appropriate research that would assist in the design, implementation, and evaluation of programs and initiatives on the issue of domestic violence among Latinos. Its mission is three-fold: (1) to promote culturally appropriate research and evaluation regarding the issue of domestic violence in Latino communities; (2) to mentor and serve as a resource for Latino and Latina researchers and other researchers interested in the issue of domestic violence in our population; and (3) to maintain an ongoing dialogue between practitioners and service providers regarding relevant research topics that address emerging needs in our communities.

Empowerment Implementation Research Lab (EIRL)
(Faculty Investigator: Kelly M. Lewis)

The Empowerment Implementation Research Lab (EIRL) is involved in a variety of activities associated with empowerment implementation research including program design, implementation, evaluation, capacity building, and sustainability with a particular focus on cultural/heritage knowledge development, Diaspora literacy, emancipatory pedagogy, global education, and health and educational disparities.  All EIRL projects integrate clinical and community psychology, education and public health theory and practice as well as participatory and empowerment methodology into understanding and changing large systems and initiatives that impact individuals.  One of the major efforts underway is the Teachers EXCEL project, for which we are currently investigating the feasibility of developing and pilot testing a teacher professional education component of Project EXCEL (Ensuring eXcellence through Communalism, African Education, and Leadership) designed in our earlier work.   Much of our work is done in collaboration with Dr. Joyce King, Benjamin E. Mays Chair in the Department of Educational Policy, College of Education at GSU, and other national and international professionals in education, public health, and business. 

Family, Emotions, and Empathy Lab (FEEL)
(Faculty Investigator: Erin Tully)

Our research focuses on understanding mechanisms of risk for internalizing problem. We are currently conducting three projects. The first is a study of how exposure to mothers’ sadness and anger are related to preschool-aged children’s shame/guilt, empathy/prosocial behavior, and physiological/emotional reactivity. The second study investigates toddler's social learning of prosocial behaviors. The third study examines empathic physiological reactivity, guilt/self-blame, excessive caretaking behavior, and parent's psychopathology as correlates of depression and anxiety in young adults.

HIV and Families Laboratory
(Faculty Investigator: Lisa Armistead)

The HIV and Families Lab empirically examines issues at the intersection of HIV and families. The research team is currently part of a randomized clinical trial, taking place at multiple sites around the country, including Georgia State University. Specifically, the Parents Matter! Program is a prevention intervention designed to help parents of elementary school-aged children employ parenting and communication strategies that protect children from facing a variety of health risks, including HIV/AIDS. Additionally, the research team is involved in studies examining the impact of maternal HIV infection on parenting and, ultimately, child functioning. Most recently, the team is looking for opportunities to expand both areas of research to the international arena.

Individual Differences & Developmental Psychopathology (IDDP) Laboratory
(Faculty Investigator: Robert D. Latzman)

The Individual Differences and Developmental Psychopathology (IDDP) Lab is a research lab directed by Dr. Robert Latzman, Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at Georgia State University. The goal of our research is to characterize etiological mechanisms that underlie the development and persistence of psychopathological behaviors, particularly child and adolescent externalizing behaviors (e.g., aggression, delinquency). Approached from a multi-modal perspective, we are interested in the role of individual differences – particularly temperamental and neuropsychological measures of (dis)inhibitory and regulatory processes – as central mechanisms in the development of these problem behaviors.