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

  • Jordyn Ricard was awarded the 2023 APS Emerging Scholar Award. Congratulations, Jordyn! 

  • May Conley was awarded the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (SCCAP)/APA Division 53 2023  Donald Routh Dissertation Grant. Congratulations, May! 

  • Callie Benson-Williams won the 2022 outstanding poster presentation award at the Yale Undergraduate Poster Symposium! Congratulations Callie (and May Conley who guided her through the process). 

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