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Cognition, Emotion, and Self-Regulation Lab (CEaSR Lab)



Cognition, Emotion, and Self-Regulation (CEaSR) Lab

** Dr. White is moving in the fall to University of Alabama as an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology. He thus will not be accepting additional graduate students for fall of 2018.**


The CEaSR lab is dedicated to the study of cognitive, emotional, psychophysiological, and contextual factors in the development and maintenance of psychopathology. We are particularly interested in the development, impacts, and treatment of disruptive, aggressive, and associated behavior problems in children, adolescents, and adults.

Current Projects:

We are currently conducting the following projects in the CEaSR lab:

Lasting Impacts of Family Member Incarceration Project: In collaboration with colleagues at University of Toronto, we are investigating the relationship between family member incarceration as an adverse childhood experience and health in later adulthood. We recently published a study on childhood family member incarceration and adult heart attack risk (link to article).

Eye Gaze and Facial Emotion Recognition in Callous-Unemotional Traits Project: We are using eye-tracking and a computerized visual attention training paradigm to examine the role in young children of visual attention to salient emotion cues in the recognition of others' emotions. We are further investigating how these processes relate to both prosocial and antisocial behavioral tendencies.

Antisocial Subtypes Project: We are investigating relationships between interpersonal, cognitive, emotional, and psychophysiological (autonomic) risk factors in subtypes of antisocial and psychopathic personality traits, as well as associated behavioral problems (e.g., substance abuse, coercive sexual behavior) in a large sample of young adults.

Self-Regulation Depletion & Recovery Project: In this study, we are investigating situational factors and individual differences (cognitive, motivational, psychophysiological) involved in the modulation of self-control resources.

Executive Control in Child Psychopathology Project: In collaboration with the Child Study Center, we are examining executive functions and attentional control as risk and protective factors in externalizing and internalizing behavior problems in children and adolescents.

We also collaborate on research with other faculty in the department and at other institutions, including Dr. Thomas Ollendick, Dr. Susan White, Dr. Robin Panneton, and Dr. Bruce Friedman at Virginia Tech, and with Dr. Janet Kistner at Florida State University, Dr. Matthew Jarrett at University of Alabama, and Dr. Esme Fuller Thomson at University of Toronto. Recent and ongoing collaborative projects include: (1) the role of executive function deficits in relationships between internalizing and externalizing behaviors and functional subtypes of aggression in children, (2) anxiety and aggression in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, (3) the association between attentional and self-perceptual biases and externalizing behavior problems in youth, and (4) psychophysiological aspects of self-control and motivation. 

CEaSR Lab Graduate Students:  Amber Turner, Ph.D. Robert Guerra, M.S., Lauren Delk, M.S., Breanna Dede, B.S., and Meagan Heilman, M.A.

Pictured (left to right): Amber Turner, Ph.D.; Dr. Bradley White (back), Roberto Guerra, M.S. (front); Lauren Delk, M.S.; Alyssa Gatto (Cooper Lab).

Our current fabulous undergraduate research assistants are: Maya Mohindroo, Denise Schmeitzel, and Matt Kimmel.

Our prior fabulous RAs include: Drew Long, Vincent Ly, Michael Schreiber, Alex Hilert, Kelsey Schaffer, Alex Wood, Gayathri Cheran, Sandra Munoz-Cintron, Michelle Patriquin, Ph.D.., Alison Kiviat, Cara Lowe, Deon Brown, Christina Ly, Haleigh Hutcheson, Kaylee Scarim, Hanna Vohra, Salina Kapoor, and Tyler Erickson.


We are located in the Clinical Science Suite in the Collegiate Square Building at 460 Turner Street, at the intersection of Turner St and Prices Fork Rd, adjacent to the Virginia Tech campus. We are affiliated with the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech.


If you are interested in participating in research projects as a subject, please contact us at If you are interested in participating as a research assistant or have questions about our research projects, please contact Dr. White at    


Bradley A. White, Ph.D.

Department of Psychology

109 Williams Hall (0436)

Blacksburg, VA 24061 


Phone: (540) 231-1382

Fax: (540) 231-3652