Welcome to the Maine Mood Lab

Depression is a serious and debilitating mental health problem that affects approximately 350 million people. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression is the leading cause of global disease burden. Research at the Maine Mood Lab is devoted to improving our understanding of the factors that confer vulnerability to depression in adults. Specifically, we are interested in the way people respond to transient negative mood and how this pattern of responding relates to the onset, maintenance, and recurrence of depressive episodes. Research tends to focus on cognitive factors such as depressive rumination, the converse- decentering, or the ability to adopt a broader perspective and the activation of negative self-referential beliefs. More recent research has begun to integrate approaches from other disciplines as well (e.g., psychophysiological concomitants).

Our lab is currently examining the role of cognitive vulnerability (e.g. mood reactivity, cognitive reactivity, rumination) and their physiological concomitants (i.e. HRV, GSR, EMG) in adults with a history depression.