Lauren M. Bylsma, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Psychology

Education & Training

  • PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of South Florida

Research Interest Summary

Affective disorders, transdiagnostic emotional processes, multi-method assessment of emotion, experimental psychopathology, neurobiology, psychophysiology, ambulatory assessment

Research Interests

The overarching aim of my research is to improve understanding of neurobiological mechanisms of emotional functioning across development in relation to risk for depression and other affective disorders. My research approach utilizes a multi-method developmental affective science approach integrating physiological, neurobiological, behavioral, and daily life assessments (including ambulatory psychophysiology). I am currently focused on examining emotional processes transdiagnostically across using multi-method developmentally-informed approaches incorporating laboratory and daily life assessments, with current projects focused on distress disorders (NIH R01MH118218), clinical high risk for psychosis (NIH R01MH121386, SAMHSA H79SM22008), and autism spectrum disorders (NIH P50MH130947).

Representative Publications

Link to publications on google scholar:

Bylsma, L.M., Tan, P.Z., Silk, J.S., Forbes, E., McMakin, D.L., Dahl, R.E., Ryan, N.D., & Ladouceur, C.D. (2022). The Late Positive Potential During Affective Picture Processing: Associations with Daily Life Emotional Functioning Among Adolescents with Anxiety Disorders.  Manuscript in press. International Journal of Psychophysiology.

Tan, P.Z., Bylsma, L.M., Silk, J.S., Siegle, G.S., Forbes, E., McMakin, D.L., Dahl, R.E., Ryan, N.D., & Ladouceur, C.D. (2022). Neural indices of performance monitoring are associated with daily emotional functioning in youth with anxiety disorders: An ERP and EMA study. International Journal of Psychophysiology.

Stone, L. B., Silk, J. S., Lewis, G., Banta, M. C., & Bylsma, L.M. (2022). Adolescent girls’ intrapersonal and interpersonal parasympathetic regulation during peer support is moderated by trait and state co‐rumination. Developmental Psychobiology, 64(1), e22232.

Bylsma LM. (2021). Emotion Context Insensitivity in Depression: Toward an Integrated and Contextualized Approach. Early Career Award Paper. Psychophysiology. Psychophysiology, 58(2), e13715.

Panaite, V., Rottenberg, J., & Bylsma, L.M. (2020). Daily affective dynamics predict depression symptom trajectories among adults with major and minor depression. Affective Science, 1(3), 186-198.

Stone, L., McCormack, C., & Bylsma, L.M. (2020) Cross system autonomic balance and regulation: Associations with depression and anxiety symptoms. Psychophysiology, 57(10), e13636.

Stone, L., Lewis, G., & Bylsma, L.M. (2020). The autonomic correlates of dysphoric rumination and post-rumination savoring. Physiology & Behavior, 224, 113027.

Hamilton, J.L., Chand, S., Reinhardt, L., Ladouceur, C.D., Silk, J.S., Moreno, M. Franzen, P.L. & Bylsma, L.M. (2020). Social media use predicts later sleep timing and greater sleep variability: An ecological momentary assessment study of youth at high and low familial risk for depression. Journal of Adolescence. 83, 122-120.

Hamilton, J.L., Ladouceur, C.D., Silk, J.S., Franzen, P.L. & Bylsma, L.M. (2019). Higher rates of sleep disturbance among offspring of parents with recurrent depression. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 45, 1-11.

Panaite, V., Bylsma, L.M., Kovacs, M., O’Leary, K., George, C., Baji, I., Benák, I., Dochnal, R., Kiss, E., Vetró, A., Kapornai, K., & Rottenberg, J. (2019). Dysregulated behavioral responses to hedonic probes among youth with depression histories and their high-risk siblings. Emotion, 19, 171-177.

Ladouceur, C.D., Tan, P., Sharma, V., Bylsma, L.M., Silk, J., Siegle, G., Forbes, E., McMakin, D., Dahl, R., Kendall, P.C., Mannarino, A., & Ryan, N. (2018). Error-related brain activity in pediatric anxiety disorders remains elevated following individual therapy: A randomized clinical trial. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 59, 1152-1161.

O’Leary, K., Bylsma, L. M., Rottenberg, J. (2016). Why might poor sleep quality lead to depression? The role of emotion regulation.  Cognition & Emotion, 3, 1-9.  PMID: 27807996.Bylsma, L. M., Mauss, I. B., & Rottenberg, J. (2016). Is the Divide a Chasm?: Bridging Affective Science with Clinical Practice. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 38, 42-47. PMID: 27524858.

Bylsma, L.M., Yaroslavsky, I., Rottenberg, J. Kiss, E., Kapornai, K., Halas, K, Dochnal, R., Benák, I, Baji, I., Vetró, A. & Kovacs, M. (2016).  Familiality of mood repair responses among youth with and without histories of depression. Cognition & Emotion, 30, 807-816. PMID: 25849259.

Bylsma, L.M., Yaroslavsky, I., Jennings, J.R., Rottenberg, J., George, C. J., Kiss, E., Kapornai, K., Halas, K, Dochnal, R., Lefkovics, E., Benák, I, Baji, I., Vetró, A. & Kovacs, M. (2015).  Juvenile onset depression alters cardiac autonomic balance in response to psychological and physical challenges.  Biological Psychology, 110, 167-174. PMID: 26225465.

Bylsma, L. M., Salomon, K., Taylor-Clift, A., Morris, B. H., and Rottenberg, J. (2014). Respiratory Sinus Arrhythmia Reactivity in Current and Remitted Major Depressive Disorder.  Psychosomatic Medicine, 76, 66-73.  PMID:  24367127.

Bylsma, L. M., Croon, M., Vingerhoets, A. J. J. M.  & Rottenberg, J. (2011).  Predictors of crying and mood change: A daily diary study.  Journal of Research in Personality, 45, 385-392.

Bylsma, L. M., Clift, A., & Rottenberg, J. (2011).  Emotional reactivity to life events in major and minor depression.  Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 120, 155-167.  PMID:  21319928.

Bylsma, L. M., Vingerhoets, A. J .J. M & Rottenberg, J. (2008). When is crying cathartic?: An international study. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 27, 1080-1102.

Bylsma, L. M., Morris, B. H & Rottenberg, J. (2008).  A meta-analysis of emotional reactivity in major depressive disorder.  Clinical Psychology Review, 28, 676-691.  PMID:  18006196.



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