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Stress, Psychopathology, & Addiction: Risk Processes in Daily Life

January 13, 2017

Emily Ansell, PhD
Associate Professor, Psychology
Syracuse University

About the Presentation: Stress is known to increase risk for psychopathology and substance use and there are several mechanisms by which this vulnerability is hypothesized to occur.  Dr. Ansell’s research uses multimethod approaches to investigate how, and for whom, stress and substance use impact daily life. This talk will examine the role that impulse control, emotion regulation, and social processes have in maintaining, mitigating, or enhancing the effects of stress and substance use. Findings may improve our understanding of how stress leads to vulnerability over time and inform novel treatment approaches.

About the Presenter: Dr. Ansell is an Associate Professor in Psychology and the Program for Neuroscience at Syracuse University.  She graduated with a PhD in clinical psychology from the Pennsylvania State University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale where she subsequently was appointed as an Assistant Professor. Her research has been funded by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the National Institutes of Health/ NIDA, the Peter McManus Foundation, and the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation/ NARSAD. Her research focuses on how stress dysregulation increases risk for maladaptive outcomes (e.g., psychopathology, suicide attempts, drug and alcohol use, disordered eating) using multi-method approaches and intensive repeated assessments in naturalistic settings via smartphone tech