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.


2019-The FEND Lab has received a one year supplemental grant to add questions about suicidality and self-harm to the GIRLS: Brain ecological momentary assessment protocol!

2019-The FEND Lab has received a grant from the Social Science Research Initiative for the SmartCAT in the Community Project. The initiative is focused on interdisciplinary approaches within the social sciences.

2019-The Fend Lab has received the Pitt Seed Grant to fund the SmarCAT in the Community Project! Pitt Seed Projects are well-defined actions that will play an instrumental role in transforming the University of Pittsburgh that align with the Plan for Pitt aims. Read more here.