Psychotherapy and Emotion Research Laboratory

Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences          Director: Stefan G. Hofmann, Ph.D
Boston University                                             

The Psychotherapy and Emotion Research Laboratory focuses on the following issues:
  • Treatment mechanisms: How does cognitive behavioral therapy work?  What is the mechanism of treatment change, and what are the active ingredients?  How can treatments be improved further?

  • Translational research: How can we translate knowledge from basic neuroscience into clinical techniques to enhance therapies for anxiety disorders?

  • Culture and mental health: What are the culture-specific expressions of mental disorders, and how can psychological treatments be made more culturally sensitive in order to enhance their efficacy, dissemination, and acceptability?

  • Emotion research: What are the effects of emotion regulation strategies on anxiety and subjective well-being?

  • Psychopathology and nosology: What is the psychopathology of social anxiety disorder?  Are there any meaningful subgroups?

For more specific information about our ongoing research projects, please see our Current Research page or

Information for Prospective Doctoral Students: Link to List of Recent Graduate Students' Work

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