June Gruber

Credentials: Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Colorado and Director of the Positive Emotion and Psychopathology Laboratory

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June Gruber is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Colorado and Director of the Positive Emotion and Psychopathology Laboratory. She received her Ph.D. in 2009 and B.A. in 2003 from the University of California Berkeley, where she was an NIMH Predoctoral Fellow in Affective Science. She was previously an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Yale University where she received the Arthur Greer Memorial Prize for Outstanding Junior Faculty. Dr. Gruber is a licensed clinical psychologist and has published over 100 articles and chapters and has edited 2 books including the Oxford Handbook of Positive Emotion and Psychopathology and Positive Emotion: Integrating the Light Sides and Dark Sides with Judith Moskowitz. Her work has been recognized by several early-career awards including the Association for Psychological Science’s Rising Star Award and the Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions, the Society for Research in Psychopathology’s Early Career Award, and two NARSAD Young Investigator Awards. Dr. Gruber is currently an Associate Editor and was the former Interim Editor-in-Chief for Perspectives on Psychological Science.

Dr. Gruber’s research focuses on positive emotion and reward-related disturbance in psychopathology with a focus on bipolar and mood-related difficulties. Her work examines perturbations in positive valence systems in clinical populations characterized by disturbed positive emotion (e.g., bipolar disorder and depression) as well as normative community samples of adults and adolescents to delineate and characterize the function and potential dysfunction of positive emotion systems. Work conducted in Dr. Gruber’s laboratory utilizes an integrative and multi-modal clinical-affective science approach across experiential, behavioral, peripheral and neurobiological levels of analysis. Dr. Gruber is actively engaged in science outreach and dissemination of the science of emotions and mental health, co-leading a call to action centered on the mental health crisis sparked by COVID-19.

Dr. Gruber has taught courses on emotion, happiness, and psychopathology. Dr. Gruber’s pedagogical activities also include the forthcoming #TalkMentalIllness series, the Experts in Emotion Interview Series at Yale University, and a free online course in Human Emotion available through YouTube and iTunes U. Dr. Gruber is invested in mentoring future generations of scientists and clinicians, and co-writes a monthly column for young scientists in Science Careers, is the recipient of the 2020 UROP Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award, and received an IMPART grant to co-lead a workshop on advancing underrepresented women in the sciences.

Understanding Student Well-being during the COVID-19 Pandemic

 Challenges to student wellness on college campuses are a growing concern nationwide. These challenges have been exacerbated as a result of unprecedented academic stressors and social isolation during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the consensus that optimized student mental health is critical for fostering classroom success and engagement, relatively little guidance is provided on best practices for addressing common and serious student mental health concerns arising in teaching and mentoring settings. This talk will consider how extant mental health struggles have been exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic for our students and mentees. I will also discuss initial steps towards addressing student mental health. The talk will end with a call to action to promote and elevate student mental health on campus and beyond during and beyond the pandemic.