Mechanisms of Affect Dysregulation Lab

Michael McCloskey, Ph.D., Principal Investigator

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Prospective Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows

The Mechanisms of Affect Dysregulation Lab (MAD Lab) is particularly well suited for those interested in a career in academia and research in university and medical research settings. Graduate students gain experience in administering diagnostic interviews to assess adult psychopathology, particularly affective aggression and personality disorders (i.e., SCID, SIP-D, IED-IR), as well as experience conducting manualized CBT treatment. Opportunities exist to explore a variety of interests, including those relating to Intermittent Exposive Disoder (IED), Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), affective aggression, self-injurious behavior, suicidality, neuropsychology, executive functioning/cognition, fMRI, emotion regulation, and impulsivity. Collaboration between graduate students on grant-related and independent projects is common. Graduate students are also strongly encouraged to pursue opportunities to present and publish research.

Dr. McCloskey is currently accepting graduate student applications for the Clinical Psychology area in the Psychology Department. More information on how to apply can be found here.

Prospective Research Assistants

The lab is also an ideal fit for undergraduate students and postbacs who demonstrate a keen interest and motivation in gaining clinical research experience, particularly those wishing eventually to apply to graduate school in psychology.

RA responsibilities include participant screening and recruitment, assisting participants with neuroscience tasks, conducting literature searches, and managing the daily demands of lab projects. RAs who demonstrate exceptional potential, are dependable, and able to make a longer commitment to the lab are often able to gain additional experiences, including administering cognitive assessments, and assisting graduate students on projects that could lead to authorship on papers and/or conference presentations.

We are currently accepting applicants for volunteer experience. Work-study and course credit opportunities are generally only provided to those who have been with our lab for a few months (usually at least 1 semester). If you are interested in applying for a position in our lab, an application form may be obtained here. Please send your application and CV or resume to Dawn Schpak (

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