Human Emotions Research Laboratory Department of Psychology


Lab Funding

Ongoing Grants

Borderline Personality and Inmates' Post-release Substance Abuse and HIV Risk Behavior
R01 DA038128 to June Tangney and Jeffrey Stuewig
National Institute on Drug Abuse

To reduce substance use, HIV risk, and recidivism, and to enhance post-release adjustment, this project capitalizes on a longitudinal study of jail inmates to: (1) provide clinically-relevant descriptive information on inmates with BPD; (2) test trajectories in BPD symptomatology and post release substance misuse, HIV Risk, and recidivism, and (3) greatly expand our understanding of the phenomenon of BPD among men


Values and Virtues during Life-Transitions: Exploring the Role of Optimism among Offenders in Jail and Reintegrating into the Community
To Jeffrey Stuewig and June Tangney
John Templeton Foundation

Drawing on two longitudinal studies of jail inmates (1) examine the measurement and correlates of optimism in a high-risk, multi-need, underserved population; (2) determine how optimism acts as a form of resilience, predicting positive post-release outcomes; and (3) investigate how optimism develops and changes over time and what kinds of experiences and individual difference factors predict changes in optimism – during incarceration, and post-release.


Recently Completed Grants

Jail-Based Treatment to Reduce Substance Abuse, Recidivism and Risky Behavior
R01 DA14694 to June Tangney and Jeffrey Stuewig
National Institute on Drug Abuse

Continuing a prospective study of jail inmates examining the implications of moral emotions and cognitions for post-release recidivism, substance abuse relapse, and HIV risk behavior; and completing a Stage II RCT of a restorative justice-based Impact of Crime (IOC) workshop aimed at reducing recidivism and risky behavior. 


Student Grants

Inmates' Community Connectedness: Effect on Drug Use, Recidivism, and Adjustment
F31 DA037644 to Johanna Folk         
National Institute on Drug Abuse
NSRA Predoctoral Fellowship to identify community connectedness-related targets of intervention for offenders and expand the research on offender reintegration and functioning. 


Implications of Jail Inmates’ Perceived Stigma for Post-Release Substance Dependence, Recidivism, and Functioning
F31 DA035037 to Kelly Moore           
National Institute on Drug Abuse
NSRA Predoctoral Fellowship to identify stigma-related targets of intervention for offenders and expand the research on offender reintegration and functioning.

Distress and Impulsivity: A Target of intervention for drug-use, HIV-risk, crime?

F31 DA029397 to Elizabeth Malouf               
05/01/10- 04/30/2013
National Institute on Drug Abuse

NSRA Predoctoral Fellowship to (1) to use innovative measurement techniques to explore a known predictor of risky behavior: impulsivity and (2) to expand research in this area by investigating a new construct with potential clinical importance: Distress-Driven Impulsivity.

HIV Risk Behavior in Recently Released Jail Inmates
F31 DA029393 to Leah Adams         
National Institute on Drug Abuse       
NSRA Predoctoral Fellowship to 1) examine correlates of discrepancies between former inmates’ perceptions of HIV risk and their actual HIV risk behavior post-release and 2) examine the influences of community-level factors and community connectedness on inmates’ post-release HIV risk behavior.   
Inmates’ Race, Mental Illness, Treatment and Outcome
F31 MH076563 to Kerstin Youman   
National Institute of Mental Health
NSRA Predoctoral Fellowship to examine racial disparities in incarceration, mental illness, jail-based treatment, and treatment outcome.