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Current Research

Couples Sleep & Daily Emotions Study

arguing couple not sleeping

In collaboration with Dr. Nate Herr and the Interpersonal Emotion Lab, we are currently using a daily diary approach to explore the proximal predictive factors of interpersonal functioning among couples in intimate relationships. Couples recruited from the community will be assessed at baseline and twice daily during the 3-week monitoring period. Participants also wear an unobtrusive wristband activity monitor allowing us to explore physiological predictors of daily interpersonal functioning. A 6-month follow-up will help us examine how daily process variables might impact longer-term outcomes. 

Sleep and Emotional Processes in Adolescence

adolescent asleep at desk

 This study is designed to assess how sleep disrupts everyday emotion processes in adolescence. Although we know that stress interferes with emotion regulation, there is surprisingly little literature on how this happens. Teenagers completed two daily diary surveys each day for two weeks while wearing an unobtrusive activity device to monitor their sleep. One goal of the study is to test how emotion regulation differs following nights of poor sleep. This might include disruption in the amount of stress, reactions to stress, attention, impulse control, ruminative thoughts in response to stress, increased social problems, or less ability to capitalize on positive events. Further, the study aims to test whether these sleep-emotion processes are different for students experiencing depression symptoms. 

Volunteer for a Study

If you are interested in participating in our daily diary couples study, please contact the research team at or give the lab a call at (202) 885-3933.


Asbury, Room 316
4400 Massachusetts Ave.,
Washington, DC 20016
Phone: (202) 885-3933

Selected Publications

* Hughes, C., Gunthert, K., * German, R., & * Wenze, S. (in press). The subscale specificity of the Affective Control Scale: Ecological validity and predictive validity of feared emotions. Motivation and Emotion.

* Skalina, L., Gunthert, K., Ahrens, A., & * Wenze, S. (2015). The influence of neuroticism on covariation of negative and positive emotion. Personality and Individual Differences, 75, 165-169.

* Greenfield, M., Gunthert, K., & * Forand, N. (2014). Sex Differences in the Effect of Neuroticism on Interpersonal Interaction Quality. Individual Differences Research, 12.

* Hutchison, J. & Gunthert, K. (2013). Development and validation of a measure of Beliefs in Automatic Mood Regulation. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 37, 1243-1256.

* Wenze, S. J., Gunthert, K. C., Ahrens, A. H., & * Bos, T. C. T. (2013). Biases in short-term mood prediction in individuals with depression and anxiety symptoms. Individual Differences Research, 11, 91-101.

* Wenze, S., Gunthert, K., & * German, R. (2012). Influence of dysphoria and anxiety on affective forecasting and recall errors. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

* Forand, N., Gunthert, K., Cohen, L., Butler, A., & Beck, J. (2011). Preliminary evidence that anxiety is associated with accelerated treatment response in cognitive therapy for major depression. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 35, 150-161.

* Wenze, S., Gunthert, K., & * Forand, N. (2011). Cognitive reactivity as a prospective predictor of dysphoric symptoms. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 34, 556-562.

* Forand, N., Gunthert, K., * German, R., & * Wenze, S. (2010). Appearance investment and everyday interpersonal functioning: An experience sampling study. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 34, 380-393.

* Wenze, S., Gunthert, K., * Forand, N., & Laurenceau, J. P. (2009). The influence of dysphoria on reactivity to naturalistic fluctuations in anger. Journal of Personality, 77, 795-824.


* denotes student author