At Sarah Pressman's STEP Lab, we study positive psychosocial factors (e.g., positive emotions and traits, smiling, positive social factors) that have the possibility of benefiting health via the effects on physiological function, behavior, and detrimental stress processes.
Jason T. Siegel, Ph.D. is a social-health psychologist who is trying to save the world through science. His research typically involves the application of social psychological theories to the health domain. Due to an undisclosed incident, Dr. Siegel tends to focus on topics that begin with the letter “D”: Depression, Disruption, Donation, and Drugs. He is the proud recipient of a 2011 Research Jedi Award.
Professor Bruce W. Smith - The Phoenix Laboratory Main research interest includes resilience and thriving in the context of stress as well as the identification of resources and interventions that may increase resilience and thriving. including mindfulness, a sense of meaning and purpose in life, emotional regulation, emotional disclosure, gratitude, compassion, kindness, spirituality, and other strengths that have become the focus of Positive Psychology. The interventions we are most interested in developing and testing in our lab are those involving mindfulness meditation (e.g., Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction or MBSR), Motivational Interviewing (MI), acceptance-based approaches (e.g., Acceptance and Commitment Therapy or ACT, Dialectic Behavioral Therapy or DBT), and positive psychology interventions to identify and build personal strengths and increase well-being.
Professor Jennifer Teramoto Pedrotti's main research interests lie in the intersection of multiculturalism and positive psychological constructs such as hope, coping, and well-being. She has particular interests in expanding understanding of strengths as being culturally-embedded and thus as manifesting in different ways across cultures and specialized research related to multiracial identity and well-being. She is interested in the effects of multicultural training on students, particularly as it relates to the development of ethnocultural empathy, self-efficacy, and other traits. Psychology & Child Development Department
Research Interests include: Gratitude, Forgiveness, Social Development, Psychology of Well-being, Positive Youth Development, and Health and Well-being Promotion. His current work is focused on the measurement of gratitude and the promotion of gratitude in children and adolescents as part of the Youth Gratitude Project, research that is funded by the John Templeton Foundation. This project helped establish a foundation for understanding gratitude and its benefits in human development in the first phase (2011-2014), and is now expanding during phase 2 (2015-2018) into a larger collaboration between California State University Dominguez Hills, University of California Berkeley, and Claremont Graduate University. The focus of the project in the second phase is to: 1) Create a preschool measure of gratitude, 2) Develop and test a gratitude curriculum targeting preschool/tK and grades 4 through 12 throughout the U.S., and 3) Provide educational resources to help schools support students' well-being, socioemotional skills, purpose, and character development in general.