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
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 Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program Students in the MPACT Lab|| Other Current Students in the
32nd Annual Meeting of the Society for Research in Psychopathology –
Indianapolis – September 2018
Photos from MPACT Lab Social Event – April 2018
31st Annual Meeting of the Society for Research in Psychopathology –
Denver – September 2017
72nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society of Biological Psychiatry –
San Diego – May 2017
71st Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society of Biological Psychiatry –
Atlanta – May 2016
“National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Walks” Fundraising Event
(UCF Memory Mall) – May 2016