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The SIA Lab studies the bidirectional influences of social interactions and psychological functioning. The primary focus of current research efforts are the processes underlying the associations between social interactions and internalizing symptoms, such as depression and social anxiety. For example, in the interactional theories put forth by Coyne and others, depression is maintained and worsened by social exchanges with close others. In a cyclical manner, depressive behaviors first elicit the concern and support of others, but when continued they result in increasingly hostile responses, rejection, and the eventual loss of social support and confirmation of negative self-attributions. Lab studies include participants ranging from children to young adults and employ a wide variety of methods.

Recent projects include a large cross-sectional investigation of developmental shifts in the relations amongst peer acceptance, friendship experiences, and internalizing symptoms across childhood and early adolescence; an examination of connections between dyadic social processes, including excessive reassurance seeking, negative feedback seeking, and co-rumination, within female adolescent best friend pairs and internalizing symptoms; and a lab-based study utilizing cortisol assays and observed interactions to examine those same three dyadic processes and internalizing symptoms within young adult dating couples. The SIA Lab also maintains a strong interest in applied research focusing on social skills assessment and intervention. Past projects include programmatic intervention research in collaboration with a network of area Head Start centers and the implementation of an anger control intervention for youth with sexual behavior problems in residential treatment centers across the state.julia.chelsea.2




Social Interactions and Adjustment Lab
301 Little Hall - University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469-5782
Phone: (207) 581-2030 | Fax: (207) 581-6128
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469