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Assistant Professor
110 McAlester Hall
Lab Information
Psychology Building 221/222
Research Interests

My research focuses on emotion regulation processes, their downstream effects on health and relationship outcomes, and how these processes differ between healthy and clinical subgroups. I apply and develop statistical methodologies, with a focus on nonlinear models and dynamic systems in characterizing these processes. I have also applied these methods in the optimization of alcohol use disorder classification and the role of alcohol use as an antecedent, consequent, and modifier of emotion regulation processes.

I also develop methods for conducting power analyses for complex statistical models, including providing recommendations for starting parameters and feasible ranges under uncertainty. These methods are actively being built into an intuitive user interface guided by principles from user-centered design.


Ph.D. (Social Psychology; Minor: Quantitative Psychology), New York University, 2013
M.A. (Quantitative Methods), Columbia University, 2008
B.S. (Mathematics; Additional Major: Psychology), Carnegie Mellon University, 2005

Selected Publications

Lane, S.P., & Kelleher, B.L. (2023). Statistical power for longitudinal developmental trajectories: The (non-) impact of age matching within measurement occasions. Developmental Psychology, 59, 207-215.

Hill, K.E., Haney, A.M., Foti, D., Thomas, K.M, & Lane, S.P. (2023). Temporal dynamics of emotional processing: Parsing trial-wise variance of the Late Positive Potential using Generalizability Theory. Psychophysiology, 60, e14185.

Lane, S.P., & Trull, T.J. (2022). Operationalizing undifferentiated affect: Validity and utility in clinical samples. Frontiers in Psychology, 13, 690030.

Willis, M.A., & Lane, S.P. (2022). Preliminary validation evidence for the factor structure, concurrent validity, and construct validity of the Roommate Relationship Scale in a college sample. Frontiers in Psychology, 13, 960421.

Aslinger, E.N., Lane, S.P., Lynam, D.R., & Trull, T.J. (2022). The influence of narcissistic vulnerability and grandiosity on momentary hostility leading up to and following interpersonal rejection. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, & Treatment, 13(3), 199-209.

Napolitano, S.C., Lane, S.P., aMcDonald, A., aTrumbower, C., Hepp, J., & Trull, T.J. (2022). The roles of personality traits and close social contact for the expression of momentary borderline personality symptoms in everyday life. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, & Treatment, 13(5), 494-504.

Bicaker, E., Lane, S.P., Sadikaj, G., & Racine, S.E. (2022). The roles of negative emotion intensity, negative emotion differentiation, and self‐compassion in loss of control eating. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 55(7), 966-976.

Vize, C.E., & Lane, S.P. (2022). Reliability of differential item functioning in alcohol use disorder: Bayesian meta-analysis of criteria discrimination estimates. Assessment, 29(5), 925-939

Littlefield, A.K., Lane, S.P., Gette, J.A., Watts, A.L., & Sher, K.J. (2021). The “big everything”: Integrating and investigating dimensional models of psychopathology, personality and intelligence. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, & Treatment, 12, 103-114.

*Hepp, J., *Lane, S.P., Carpenter, R.W., & Trull, T.J. (2020). Linking daily life interpersonal stressors and health problems via affective reactivity in borderline personality and depressive disorders. Psychosomatic Medicine, 82, 90-98. (*equal contribution)

Assaad, L., Lane, S.P., Hopwood, C.J., Durbin, C.E., & Thomas, K.M. (2020). Personality pathology and spouses’ moment-to-moment interpersonal behaviors. Journal of Personality Disorders, 34, 519-545.

Watts, A.L., Lane, S.P., Bonifay, W., Steinley, D., & Meyer, F.A.C. (2020). Building theories on top of, and not independent of, statistical models: A case of the p-factor. Psychological Inquiry, 31, 310-320. ttps://