Clinical Research Labs


Behavioural Cardiology Lab
Principal Investigator(s): Linden, Wolfgang
Lab Address: http://lindenlab.psych.ubc.ca/

Research conducted in The Behavioral Cardiology Laboratory is based on the firm belief that psychological distress can affect physical health and well-being may buffer against illness. Despite massive research efforts worldwide we still do not know enough about how this connection of emotion and health comes about and how we can change it for the better. Our research broadly focuses on health risk behaviors and emotions and how they affect physiological processes that are relevant for the etiology and treatment of cardiovascular disease and cancer. This description risks sounding a bit dry and a listing of the research questions we are pursuing, may be more informative.

The work we do is conducted partly in the well-equipped 5-room Behavioral Cardiology Laboratory here at UBC but it is also based in part at St. Paulís Hospital (the Provincial Heart Center) and the BC Cancer Agency. We use a variety of methodologies to help answer our questions; these include experimental laboratory studies, clinical trials, hospital-based basic research, program evaluation, and critical analyses of the existing literature.

Centre for Collaborative Research on Hoarding
Principal Investigator(s): Woody, Sheila
Lab Address: http://www2.psych.ubc.ca/~swlab/

Our research lab studies cognitive, social, emotional, and community aspects of compulsive hoarding.
Clinical & Cognitive Neuroscience Lab
Principal Investigator(s): Brenner, Colleen
Lab Address: http://ccnlab.psych.ubc.ca/

The goal of our research is to understand the symptoms and neurobiological basis of mental illness, specifically schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Our research is focused on the relationships between symptoms of mental disorder and memory, learning, decision making, concentration, and empathy.
Interpersonal Lab
Principal Investigator(s): Alden, Lynn
Lab Address: http://www.interpersonallab.psych.ubc.ca/

Our research focuses on a number of topics related to anxiety and depression. The goal in our current research is to gain a better understanding of the problems and processes associated with several anxiety disorders, including social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. We are also interested in research that will lead to the ongoing development of psychological treatments for anxiety disorders.
Pain Research Laboratory
Principal Investigator(s): Craig, Ken
Lab Address: http://painlab.psych.ubc.ca/

Pain is the most pervasive and universal form of human distress, yet under-management is a serious problem for individuals, those who care for them, and the public at large. Pain often has adaptive value Ė it warns of injury or disease and motivates actions preventing or terminating damage. But, in other all too common conditions, it has little functional merit, produces unnecessary suffering, contributes to morbidity, dramatically reduces the quality of life, and adds unnecessarily to health care costs. A massive multidisciplinary assault on the challenges of understanding and controlling pain in the past several decades has led to striking scientific and pain management advances. Nevertheless, too many people continue to suffer from acute, persistent, and recurrent pain that has no apparent benefit. Thus, we have a mission relating to considerable human need and great opportunities to bring the tools of science to advance knowledge.
Parenting Lab
Principal Investigator(s): Johnston, Charlotte
Lab Address: http://parentinglab.psych.ubc.ca/

The research in our lab focuses both on families and parenting. Many of our studies address issues that arise in families with members who have been diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), but other studies are concerned with parent and child relationships in all types of families. Several of our recent studies have examined how parents and children within families think about each otherís behavior, and how these thoughts are related to parenting choices and child outcomes.
Peer Relationships in Childhood Lab
Principal Investigator(s): Mikami, Amori
Lab Address: http://www2.psych.ubc.ca/~mikamilab

Our lab aims to understand why some children have trouble with making friends, keeping friends, and being accepted by their peer group, as well as what the consequences of these peer problems might be. Some of our research focuses on youth with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) because this population provides fertile ground to study peer difficulties, while other research concerns how typical kids interact.
Perfectionism and Psychopathology Lab
Principal Investigator(s): Hewitt, Paul
Lab Address: http://hewittlab.psych.ubc.ca/

Dr. Paul L. Hewitt is a professor of psychology and a registered clinical psychologist whose research interest focuses primarily on personality vulnerabilities and their implications for psychological difficulties among adults, adolescents, and children. In particular, he has conducted extensive research on the construct of perfectionism as a maladaptive and multidimensional personality trait and interpersonal style that is related to problems such as suicide, depression, personality disorders, and relationship, achievement, and health problems.

Additionally, he is conducting research on the treatment of perfectionism and provides assessment and treatment for individuals with perfectionism problems and trains clinicians in the treatment of perfectionistic behaviour. He also conducts workshops on the treatment of perfectionism and does public lectures and presentations.

Personality, Emotion, and Behaviour Lab
Principal Investigator(s): Klonsky, E. David
Lab Address: http://www2.psych.ubc.ca/~klonsky/

The PEBLab examines aspects of emotion and personality that dispose individuals to engage in maladaptive behaviours such as non-suicidal self-injury and suicide. The lab utilizes self-report questionnaires, clinical interviews, and measures of central and autonomic nervous system activity.
UBC Sexual Psychophysiology Laboratory
Principal Investigator(s): Gorzalka, Boris
Lab Address: http://gorzalkalab.psych.ubc.ca/

Our Clinical Psychology research focuses on various aspects of human sexuality, including sexual dysfunctions, asexuality, and sexual paraphilias. We investigate how these aspects are influenced by factors such as culture, attachment, and the endocrine and nervous systems.
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