Welcome to the Emotion, Cognition, and Neuropsychology Laboratory (ECN)! The lab takes a multidisciplinary approach in understanding mechanisms and pathways that contribute to the development and maintenance of anxiety and depression, and related brain function and dysfunction. Specific interests include understanding how cognitive processes (e.g., executive function, attention, and cognitive control), affective factors (e.g., positive and negative affect), and socialization experiences (e.g., attachment, trauma) contribute to emotion dysregulation and psychopathology.

As clinical scientists, a goal of our research is to integrate basic science research with clinical intervention. In particular, we anticipate developing cognitive treatment methods (e.g., executive function training protocols) using the knowledge gained from understanding the etiological mechanisms of cognitive and affective symptoms associated with anxiety and depression. These studies employ a variety of methods, including neuroimaging (e.g., fMRI), genetics, behavioral measures (e.g., neuropsychological testing, experimental laboratory testing), clinical interviews, self-report, and informant-report instruments. Training is geared toward facilitating the development of fellow clinical scientists, with the goal of helping students become independent researchers.

ECN provides students with didactic and applied experiences in neuropsychological, affective, and neuroscience research. ECN emphasizes research productivity (e.g., data collection, analyses, manuscript publication, conference presentations, and grant applications). Lab meetings occur once per week to bring our creative minds together to brainstorm about projects, coordinate our research efforts, discuss our research findings, and to engage in didactic experiences.


Congratulations to Carolyn Resner, who has accepted a 2-year Neuropsychology postdoctoral position at Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco and Vallejo, California for the 2020-2022 years.


Congratulations to Justin Davich and Whitney Geller who successfully defended their dissertations!

Article Featured in Stanford Medicine!

An article in Biological Psychiatry, with shared lead authorship by Dr. Warren was featured on the Stanford Medicine news page. The study examined the role of the amygdala and dorsolateral prefrontal cortex in reactivity to anxiety and stress in children.



Jackie Kantor successfully defended her dissertation this year!


Congratulations to  Jackie Kantor, Laura Gramling, and Whitney Geller who have successfully matched to Predoctoral Internships.

Jackie will be training at Denver Health

Laura will be training at Memphis VA

Whitney will be training at Boise VA

Kevin Liu, Naeri Hakopian, Laura Fry, Hannah Saltzman, and Brian Droncheff have been accepted to present their research at 2020 Association for Psychological Sciences convention (APS).

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Emotion, Cognition, & neuropsychology laboratory