UCF Mood, Personality, and CogniTion Lab (MPACT)

Laboratory Director
Jeffrey S. Bedwell, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Clinical Ph.D. Program, Department of Psychology
Secondary: Associate Professor of Medicine, Dept. of Clinical Sciences, College of Medicine

Office: (Orlando) Psychology Building – Room 332
Phone: 407-823-5858
Email: jeffrey.bedwell@ucf.edu

Laboratory Location: Psychology Building – Rooms 333 and 334


The UCF Mood, Personality, and CogniTion (MPACT) Lab uses a transdiagnostic National Institute of Mental Health Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) approach to examine the underlying causes of reduced motivation (avolition), reduced pleasure (anhedonia), depressed mood, and narcissism, including how these relate to changes in cognition. Some of these symptoms such as avolition and anhedonia are found in several different psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression. The long-term goal of this research is to improve treatment and prevention efforts targeted toward these specific symptoms, regardless of the disorder.

Our laboratory is equipped with a Neuroscan SynAmps RT 64-channel EEG system, a SR Research EyeLink 1000 eye tracking system, a Gossen Mavo Monitor photometer, E-Prime 2.0 Professional software for stimulus presentation, and BrainVision Analyzer 2.0 software for event-related potential (ERP) analysis.


Graduate students of the UCF Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program conduct research in our lab, as well as undergraduate students assisting with our projects and/or conducting Honors in the Major projects. If you are a UCF undergraduate student who would like to assist in the lab, please complete the department’s RA Match form and indicate our lab name.

Current Research Projects of MPACT Lab Graduate Students

Research Projects of MPACT Lab Undergraduate Students

Recent Representative Publications from the MPACT Lab

Recent Representative Presentations from the MPACT Lab

Graduate Student Alumni from the MPACT Lab

Undergraduate Student Alumni from the MPACT Lab

Current Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program Students in the MPACT Lab  Other Students in the MPACT Lab
  • Christopher Spencer, M.A.
  • John O’Donnell, M.S.W.
  • Cristina Chirino (lead undergrad RA)
  • Jasmine Montero (undergrad RA)
  • Doniya Milani (undergrad RA)
  • Ashley Lee Lum (undergrad RA)
  • Brooke Fenton (undergrad RA)
  • Nicholas Picanso (Postbac)
  • Thomas Giallella (Postbac)

31st Annual Meeting of the Society for Research in Psychopathology –
Denver – September 2017

Graduate student Chris Spencer, M.A.  presenting his research.

Dr. Bedwell chairing a symposium.

72nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society of Biological Psychiatry –
San Diego – May 2017

Graduate student Chris Spencer, M.A. presenting his research.

Dr. Bedwell presenting his research.

71st Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society of Biological Psychiatry –
Atlanta – May 2016

Chris Spencer presenting poster

Graduate student Christopher Spencer, M.A. presenting his research.

Alyssa Finner presenting poster

Undergraduate student Alyssa Finner presenting results from her project.

“National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Walks” Fundraising Event
(UCF Memory Mall) – May 2016


Photos from Lab Social Event – April 2016


70th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society of Biological Psychiatry –
Toronto – May 2015

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Graduate Student Andrew Deptula presenting his dissertation research

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Graduate student Chi Chan presenting one of her research studies

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Dr. Bedwell chairing an oral session.

“National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Walks” Fundraising Event
(Crane’s Roost Park, Altamonte Springs, FL) – May 2015

for lab website - NAMI Walks 2015