Research in the REACT lab focuses on the development of quantitative models of personality and psychopathology at both the diagnostic and experiential levels. Many projects focus on the role of emotion (dys)regulation in the development and maintenance of substance use, interpersonal relationships, and well-being. Mechanisms of interest include, impulsivity, craving, differentiation, coping, as well as time perception. We leverage epidemiological (surveys, interviews), experimental (laboratory), and ecological (smartphone) data to connect and understand these processes across time scales. Interns will gain experience in the design, implementation, management, and analysis of such data structures. Depending on individual interests, interns can participate in lab activities that span assisting in study material development using novel technologies to results dissemination from simulation, dynamic systems, and machine learning analyses. https://reactlab.wixsite.com/reactlab
We use daily-life (ecological momentary assessment; EMA) and complementary methods to understand alcohol use and its co-use with other substances, especially cannabis, in everyday life. By studying substance use as it naturally unfolds in individuals’ natural environments, we can learn how problematic patterns of use are reinforced and identify malleable targets for treatment. We often focus on associations between variables such as substance use motives, craving, emotions, and subjective experiences of substance use. Interns will gain experience with ongoing data collections and hone skills in project management, participant screening, data management, and data analysis. Interns will also lead a project examining alcohol, cannabis, or their co-use.