The Brain and Mental Health

  1. Brain Structure and Function
    Brain Structure and Function
  2. Self-Regulation and Control
    Self-Regulation and Control
  3. Lifestyle Interventions
    Lifestyle Interventions
My Research
My work broadly focusses on understanding the dynamic representations in the brain associated with self-regulation .There is relative agreement in the extant literature that self-regulation involves the modulation of thought, affect, behavior, or attention via deliberate use of cognitive control mechanisms (see Buckley, 2014)1.  Following this overarching goal, my research spans two inter-connected tracks.
One line of research is aimed at clarifying the construct of self-regulation, including the various components that interact to generate dysfunctional self-regulation. 
A second area of my research aims to understand whether and how lifestyle interventions (such as attention-based mindfulness training and embodied cognition-based theater acting)  can promote self-regulation in aging and clinical populations.   
My clinical training has played a major role in informing the work that I do, It is my hope that my research and practice can help individuals with deficits in self-regulation - and their more often than not, devastating biopsychosocial sequelae - whilst also fostering a sense of empathy and compassion for these individuals. 
1.  Buckley, J., Cohen, J. D., Kramer, A. F., McAuley, E., & Mullen, S. P. (2014). Cognitive control in the self-regulation of physical activity and sedentary behavior. Frontiers in human neuroscience, 8.