Mechanisms of Affect Dysregulation Lab

Michael McCloskey, Ph.D., Principal Investigator

Michael McCloskey, Ph.D.


Dr. McCloskey received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2001 from the University of Southern Mississippi. After completing a post-doctoral fellowship at University of Chicago specializing in aggression research, he joined their Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science as an Instructor in 2003. He was promoted to Assistant Professor in 2005. Dr. McCloskey has published over 50 articles and book chapters, and has served as PI for over $4 million dollars in grant funding. The focus of Dr. McCloskey’s research is the etiology and treatment of affect dysregulation with a focus on aggressive and self-aggressive behavior. This includes testing potential biological, psychological and environmental risk factors for aggression (both self and other directed) using self-report measures (including ecological momentary assessment), behavioral neuroscience tasks and brain imaging techniques such as fMRI. He is also involved in the development of a cognitive-behavioral treatment for Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED).

To find out more about Dr. McCloskey's research, see the Publications page or download his CV.

PI's Affiliations /Joint Appointments
Temple University Department of Psychology
University of Chicago Department of Psychiatry 
Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience
Clinical Neuroscience & Psychopharmacology Research Unit
National Opinion Research Center
University of Chicago Crime Lab

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