Three Questions Frame Our Research

What are the changes in emotional reactivity and regulation that occur from middle childhood through adolescence?
How do these processes go awry in youth who develop anxiety and/or depressive disorders?
How can this research be leveraged to improve prevention and intervention approaches for these disorders?

Lab Director

Lab Director

Jennifer S Silk, PhD

Jennifer Silk joined the University of Pittsburgh faculty in 2005 and is a Professor in the Department of Psychology.  Her research focuses on factors involved in the etiology and treatment of anxiety and depressive disorders in adolescents.


2021 - Congratulations to FEND Lab's former affiliated post-doctoral scholar for becoming an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Rutgers University! Check out her website here:

2020 - Congratulations to Dr. Mary Woody for passing all licensure exams and becoming a licensed psychologist!

2020 - Congratulations to FEND Lab Affiliated Faculty Dr. Mary Woody for Receiving the Career Development Leadership Program Award at the Anxiety and Depression Association of America!