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Interpersonal Emotion Lab | Current Lab Members

Danielle Cohn

Danielle Cohn

Danielle Cohn received her BA in psychology with a minor in mathematics from Vassar College in 2009. After completing her undergraduate degree, she worked at McLean Hospital in Boston, MA, where she led Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills groups for adolescent girls with features of borderline personality disorder (BPD). She was involved in a longitudinal study on aggression in individuals with BPD at McLean Hospital and was a research assistant in Harvard University’s Social Neuroscience and Psychopathology Lab. She entered AU’s Clinical Psychology PhD Program in the fall of 2013. Broadly, her research interests include interpersonal processing and facial emotion recognition in individuals with BPD. Her thesis project will focus on the relationship between shame and aggression in individuals with features of BPD. She is currently an extern at The Wake Kendall Group.

Evelyn Meier, MA

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Evelyn Meier received her BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2008. She completed her MA in Psychology at American in 2013 and subsequently joined the Clinical Psychology PhD program in 2014. Her thesis explored adolescent girls' body image dissatisfaction in correlation with photo-related activity on Facebook. Current research interests include emotion regulation, experiential avoidance, interpersonal dysfunction, and patterns of self-destructive behavior within Borderline Personality Disorder and eating disorder populations.

Madison Guter

Madison Guter

Madison Guter joined the Interpersonal Emotion Lab in 2016 after earning her BS in psychology from the Ohio State University. During her undergraduate career she conducted an honors thesis examining the relationship between hope, values, and goal outcomes and worked as a research assistant for a study examining the effects of validation and invalidation on social problem solving. Madison's research interests include Borderline Personality Disorder, positive psychology, and emotion regulation.

Em Mitchell

Em Mitchell

Jenny "Em" Mitchell received her B.A. in Psychological and Brain Sciences from John Hopkins University in 2015. Her background includes research on memory in depressed individuals and an ethnographic study of religious LGBTQ youth. Currently, she is involved with an NIJ study comparing mediation and litigation processes for couples with high levels of intimate partner violence. During her undergraduate career, she held internships in psychiatric clinics working with sex offenders and individuals with psychotic disorders. She also volunteered on a sexual abuse crisis hotline, initiated an ongoing mental health panel series, and worked as a Bystander Intervention Trainer, educating students about gender violence. Em's current research interests include: motivated cognitive distortions, maintenance of romantic delusions and obsessions, differences in perception and facial expression recognition, aggression, emotion regulation, and coping mechanisms.

Emma Faith

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Emma Faith is a junior at American University. She is pursuing a Bachelor's in Psychology as well as a Bachelor's in Arabic. Her interests lie in abnormal psychology and social psychology, particularly in the areas of serial criminals and cult mentality. This is her first research position.

Alexandra Long

Alexandra Long

Alexandra "Alex" Long is a first year master's student at American University. After receiving her BA from the University of Chicago in 2011, Alex worked in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles for over four years. Her experience in that field motivated her to explore the underpinnings of interpersonal dysfunction and emotional dysregulation. She is very excited to pursue a new career in clinical psychology. Alex's current research interests include emotion regulation, Borderline Personality Disorder, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, romantic relationships and intimacy.

Research Participation

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