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 and new ways to classify reduced motivation (avolition), reduced pleasure (anhedonia), constricted affect, depressed mood, and personality dysfunction. 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. A current research project is examining the relationship between inflammation (indexed by the cytokine IL-6) with depressed mood and negative symptoms (e.g., anhedonia). Other current and upcoming research will examine relationships of these constructs with concussion history, psychopathy/propensity for violence, and suicidal thoughts/attempts.

Our laboratory is equipped with a Neuroscan SynAmps RT 64-channel EEG system, a SR Research EyeLink 1000 eye tracking system, automated blood pressure/pulse cuff, ability to record electromyography and skin conductance, E-Prime 2.0 Professional software for stimulus presentation, and BrainVision Analyzer 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 Current Students in the
  • Christopher Spencer, M.A.
  • John O’Donnell, M.S.W.
  • Samantha Simpson, B.S.
  • Stephanie Schiffert (medical student; FIRE research project)
  • Timothy Le (medical student: independent research project)
  • Allen Hagen (undergrad Honors in the Major research project)
  • Xynthia Torres (postbac RA)
  • Samantha Berg (undergrad RA)
  • Chloe LaRochelle (undergrad RA)
  • Alyssa Roberts (undergrad RA)
  • Sera Cruz
    (undergrad RA; LEAD scholar)
  • Kaitlyn Spellman (undergrad RA)
  • Nicholas Elsey (undergrad RA)
  • Noelle Defreitas (undergrad RA)
  • Samuel Rincon (undergrad RA)
  • Joshua West (undergrad RA)

32nd Annual Meeting of the Society for Research in Psychopathology –
Indianapolis – September 2018

Graduate student, John O’Donnell, M.S.W., presenting his research.

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

Photos from MPACT Lab Social Event – April 2018


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.

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