K. Lira Yoon
My research spans multiple areas of interest, while maintaining a core
research program focused on the interplay between cognition and emotion
in the context of psychological disorders, especially depression and
anxiety disorders. My research is guided by the idea that a more
complete understanding of emotional disorders requires an integration
of clinical research and basic research on cognition, emotion
regulation, and biological factors. My research program, thus, attempts
to integrate biological and psychological lines of inquiry in order to
gain a better understanding of the roles that cognitive processes and
stress reactivity play in the onset and maintenance of major depressive
disorder and social anxiety disorder. To this end, I pursue several
interrelated lines of investigation. These include studies of biased
processing of emotional stimuli and of mechanisms underlying such
biases (e.g., interpretation, memory, etc.), stress reactivity (e.g.,
cortisol stress reactivity, heart rate variability, etc), and emotion
For more information on my research, check out my CEED Lab.
*Note to Applicants to Clinical PhD program: I do not plan on taking a student applying for the 2013-2014 academic year.
Yoon, K. L., & Joormann, J. (in press). Is Timing everything? Sequential effects of rumination and distraction on interpersonal problem solving. Cognitive Therapy and Research.
Quartana, P. J., Bounds, S., Yoon, K. L., & Burns, J. W. (2010). Anger suppression predicts pain, emotional and cardiovascular responses to cold pressor pain. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 39, 211-221.
Joormann, J., Yoon, K. L., & Siemer, M. (2010). Cognition, attention and emotion regulation. In A. Kring & D. Sloan (Eds.), Emotion Regulation and Psychopathology. NY, New York: Guilford Press.
Yoon, K. L., Hong, S. W., Joormann, J., & Kang, P. (2009). Perception of facial expressions of emotion during binocular rivalry. Emotion, 9, 172-182.
Yoon, K. L., Joormann, J., & Gotlib, I. H. (2009). Judging the intensity of facial expressions of emotion: Depression-related biases in the processing of positive affect. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 118, 223-228.
Yoon, K. L., & Zinbarg, R. E. (2008). Interpreting neutral faces as threatening: A default mode for social anxiety. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 117, 680-685.