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Department of Psychology
Faculty of Arts
Joelle received her PhD from the University of Miami and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University. She is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at UBC; Director of the Depression, Anxiety, and Stress Laboratory; a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar; and a registered clinical psychologist. Through her research, she works to further our understanding of the onset, maintenance, and treatment of depressive and anxiety disorders in adolescents and adults. Using an integrated approach, she examines the cognitive, emotional, and biological responses to stress that contribute to symptoms of depression and anxiety. For her contributions to the field, she received a Rising Stars award from both the Association for Psychological Science and the Society for Research in Psychopathology. Her work has been funded by CIHR, SSHRC, NSERC, NIMH, and the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (i.e., NARSAD).
Research Interests: the role of psychobiological responses to stress in depression and anxiety; understanding how depression and anxiety develop and unfold across the lifespan; integrating cognitive, biological, and emotional measures to better elucidate the link between stress and psychopathology.