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.


Congratulations to FEND graduate student, Rosalind Elliott, who won the student poster award at the 2018 National Conference in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology in Kansas City.  Rosalind was the first author of her poster, entitled Adolescent Girls Physiological Reactivity is Associated with Real-World Peer Feedback: Validation of a Novel Peer Expressed Emotion Task. 

2018-Congratulations to FEND Lab Director, Dr. Jennifer Silk, for being selected as a Fellow in the Association for Psychological Science! This award is granted to those who have made sustained outstanding contributions to the field of psychological science.

2017-The FEND lab completes the Using Smartphones to Enhance Treatment of Childhood Anxiety (SmartCAT) study.