Worry, Anxiety, and Cognition

Supervising Faculty:

Dr. Lauren Hallion



Dr. Lauren Hallion



Area of Research:  Clinical psychology, anxiety disorders, worry and rumination, cognition-emotion interactions


Description of Research:

Our research aims to understand worry, anxiety, and related problems.  We are particularly interested in how cognitive factors like attention and concentration relate to the experience of worry, anxiety, and mindfulness. The student will be matched to one or more ongoing lab studies based on the student's interests, experience, and current lab priorities.  Studies include a variety of methods including experiments, ecological momentary assessment, and neuroimaging using fMRI. Responsibilities may include running participants, conducting literature reviews, and assisting with data entry and management. Students must be willing to commit to a minimum of two semesters (3 credits each semester).  To apply, please contact Susan Kusmierski (susan.kusmierski@pitt.edu) to request an application.


Duties of Students:

Students will assist with study design, interact with participants, collect data, review the research literature, and interpret findings. 



Students must complete the following prerequisites before the start of PSY 1903:

  • Overall GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • 12 credits of Psychology (including current term)
  • STAT 0200/1000/1100- Statistics
  • PSY 0035- Research Methods in Psychology
  • Must be available for a weekly lab meeting (time and day to be announced)
  • Two semester commitment required

Terms offered: fall, spring


Number of Students: 1