Disinhibition is central to many conceptualizations of psychopathology and can be expressed in different ways from impulsivity to criminality to aggression. Although many disinhibited individuals display similar behaviors (e.g., impulsivity, aggression, criminal behavior, substance use), the factors underlying these behaviors are relatively distinct. Research in the Mechanisms of Disinhibition (MoD) Lab utilizes multidisciplinary theoretical principles and methods (e.g., electrophysiology, neuroimaging, behavior, self-report) to distinguish the underlying mechanisms and identify correlates at micro, mezzo, and macro levels in order to improve the identification of these syndromes and develop innovative syndrome-specific interventions. The MoD Lab explores disinhibited behavior across various populations, including currently incarcerated individuals, community samples, and youth.

General Research Interests

  • Psychophysiological and neural correlates of disinhibited behaviors
  • Etiopathogenesis of disinhibitory psychopathology (e.g., Psychopathy, Antisocial Personality Disorder, and Substance Use Disorders) 
  • Environmental factors that contribute to disinhibited behavior
  • Development of mechanism-matched interventions for disinhibition

MoD Lab Announcements

  • Suzy Estrada received the best student poster award at the 17th World Congress of the International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders! Awesome work. Suzy! 

  • Suzy Estrada  was selected by the Division of Biopsychosocial Criminology (DBC) of the American Society for Criminology as this year’s winner of the Rolf Loeber Student Innovation Award! Amazing work, Suzy! 

  • Dr. Baskin-Sommers was elected as a Fellow to the Association for Psychological Science. 

  • Dr. Cortney Simmons wins a presentation award at the Yale Postdoctoral Association Symposium. Outstanding job, Cortney! 

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