Psychology Colloquium: Understanding Pediatric Anxiety and Depression

Posted on 11/30/2015 6:33:40 AM

Stephanie Davis will present how anxiety and depression can be conceptualized as disorders of emotion and emotion regulation on Tuesday, December 1, from 3:30–4:45 p.m. in Uhler Hall, Room 111.

Anxiety and depression are common disorders in childhood and adolescence that tend to follow a chronic course. In this presentation, Davis will discuss how both disorders can be conceptualized as disorders of emotion and emotion regulation. Data will be presented from two studies. The first study applied a group-based modeling approach to examine the interplay between the temperamental trait of negative emotionality and aspects of positive and negative parenting on the development of internalizing disorders from early childhood to adolescence. The second study sought to determine whether youth with clinical diagnoses of anxiety and depression could be differentiated based on features of emotion and emotion regulation. To achieve this, the study utilized ecological momentary assessment (EMA) data to examine youth’s experience of and response to negative emotions in real-life. Taken together, results from these studies support the importance of both emotion and emotion regulation in the course of anxiety and depression. The presentation will discuss clinical implications of these findings and provide avenues for future research.

Note: Davis is a candidate for an assistant professor position in the Psychology Department.