our current research projects

Predictors of Interpersonal Stress Generation in Depression
This longitudinal study is examining models of stress generation and its influence on the course of depression. Cognitive, behavioural, and personality variables are being assessed as mediators and moderators of interpersonal stress generation and depression over time.

Social Rejection and Depression
This study examines cognitive and interpersonal predictors of real-time responses to interpersonal rejection in individuals presenting with a range of depressive symptoms. We are assessing individuals’ reactions to rejection in terms of both distress and threatened needs, as well as changes in self-relevant and social cognitive processing.

The Effects of Thinking on Mood and Mood on Thinking
This study will test the traditional diathesis-stress model of depression, attempting to validate schema structure as a cognitive vulnerability (diathesis) that, when activated by a stressor (negative mood prime), results in changes in information processing. Second, this study will serve as a test of the congruency hypothesis by examining the specificity of cognitive organization content and information processing biases following schema-congruent or incongruent primes.

Romantic Relationships and Mood Study
Given the interpersonal difficulties associated with depression, it is critical to understand the cognitive vulnerabilities that may contribute to them. This study seeks to investigate how the organization of one’s cognitive schema for a romantic partner predicts intimate relationship functioning within the context of depression.

We are currently conducting meta-analyses on stress generation in unipolar depression and CBT for depression and anxiety in cancer patients.