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Tracy Dennis

Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, Clinical Psychology


Department of Psychology
Hunter College, Room 636 North
695 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10065
Tel: (212) 650-3878
Fax: (212) 650-3931

Link to The Dennis Lab Webpage


Current Areas of Research:

The Emotion Regulation Lab focuses on one fundamental question: How do emotions organize development and facilitate or hinder mental health? Emotions permeate and influence every aspect of our lives. Indeed, even moderate fluctuations in emotion systematically change, and are changed by, biological states, cognitions, goals, behaviors, and social interactions. Emotion regulation refers to the flexibility and control of these changes, and has a direct and profound influence on our daily actions and on our ability to cope with conflict and challenge.

Ultimately, our mission is to use the concept of emotion regulation to better understand how emotions promote competence or in some cases create vulnerability for psychopathology, particularly anxiety and mood disorders. We integrate the use of physiological and behavioral assessment tools to refine the conceptualization and measurement of emotion regulation and disorders of mood.

Topics of interest include:

1.       Physiological markers for anxiety-related threat biases

2.       Physiological markers for emotion regulation

3.       Emotion-cognition integration

4.       Attention training to reduce anxiety

5.       Child temperamental exuberance


Selected Publications:

Dennis, T.A. (Ed., 2010). Special issue on neurophysiological markers for emotion and emotion regulation. Developmental Neuropsychology, 35, 125-128.

Dennis, T.A., & Chen, C. (2009). Trait anxiety and conflict monitoring following threat: An ERP study. Psychophysiology, 46, 122-131.

Dennis, T.A., & Hajcak, G. (2009). Directed appraisals modulate the electrocortical response to arousing negative pictures in children. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 50, 1373-1383.

Cole, P.M., Martin, S.E., & Dennis, T.A. (2004). Emotion regulation as a scientific construct: Challenges and directions for child development research. Child Development, 75, 317-333. [Feature Article]