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  • Secondary Joint Appointment: Associate Professor of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Medicine
  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist (Florida – PY 7264)
  • Member, American Psychological Association
  • Member, Society of Biological Psychiatry
  • Member, Society for Research in Psychopathology

Dr. Jeffrey Bedwell joined UCF in 2004 after completing his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Georgia, with a predoctoral clinical internship at the Medical University of South Carolina/Dept. of Veterans Affairs Consortium in Charleston, SC. Prior to graduate studies, Dr. Bedwell received a B.S. in Psychology from James Madison University and worked for several years as a full-time research assistant at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in Bethesda, MD (1996 – 1999). Dr. Bedwell’s research lab, the Mood, Personality, and CogniTion (MPACT) Lab, uses a transdiagnostic NIMH Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) approach to examine the underlying causes of reduced motivation (i.e., avolition/apathy), reduced pleasure (anhedonia), and reduced emotional expression (i.e., constricted/blunted affect). Dr. Bedwell has a particular interest in how these symptoms manifest in mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder. Other current and upcoming research examines relationships of these constructs with psychopathy/propensity for violence, social anxiety severity, and suicidal thoughts/attempts. Most of Dr. Bedwell’s research uses a cognitive neuroscience and experimental psychopathology approach (e.g., event-related potentials, pupillometry, inflammaory markers). The long-term goal of this research is to improve treatment and prevention efforts targeted toward these specific symptoms. For more information on Dr. Bedwell’s research, please see: Mood, Personality, and CogniTion (MPACT) Lab.

Selected Recent Refereed Journal Articles
* Indicates a graduate student, ** undergraduate student, working under Dr. Bedwell’s supervision

  1. Bedwell, J.S., Spencer, C.C.*, Chirino, C.A.**, & O’Donnell, J.P.* (2019). The sweet taste test: Relationships with anhedonia subtypes, personality traits, and menstrual cycle phases. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 41(2), 235-248.
  2. Bedwell, J.S., Cohen, A.S., Spencer, C.C.*, & Simpson, S.D.* (2019). The emotional experience and expression suppression scale: Psychometric properties and relationships with depression and schizotypy. Personality and Individual Differences, 142, 145-152.
  3. Spencer, C.C.*, Foster, J.D., & Bedwell, J.S. (2019). Narcissistic neuroticism and elevated reward learning. Personality and Individual Differences, 141, 235-240.
  4. Bedwell, J.S., Bohil, C.J., Neider, M.B., Gramlich, M.A., Neer, S.M., O’Donnell, J.P.* & Beidel, D.C. (2018). Neurophysiological response to olfactory stimuli in combat veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 206, 423-428.
  5. Bedwell, J.S., Spencer, C.C.*, Chan, C.C.*, Butler, P.D., Sehatpour, P., & Schmidt, J. (2018). The P1 visual-evoked potential, red light, and transdiagnostic psychiatric symptoms. Brain Research, 1687, 144-154.
  6. Bedwell, J.S., Potts, G.F., Gooding, D.C., Trachik, B.J.*, Chan, C.C.*, & Spencer, C.C.* (2016). Transdiagnostic psychiatric symptoms and event-related potentials following rewarding and aversive outcomes. PLOS ONE, 11(6): e0157084,