Developmental Psychopathology Lab

In our lab, we examine the social-cognitive basis of psychiatric disorders by using all the tools that Developmental Psychopathology has to offer. As such, our research mirror the goals identified by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) initiative to “develop, for research purposes, new ways of classifying mental disorders based on dimensions of observable behavior and neurobiological measures” and falls most clearly under the domain of “social systems and processes”. Our research also includes a translational focus as we work towards the development of diagnostic measurement tools to facilitate the early identification and treatment of psychiatric disorder in children and adolescents, in addition to the development and evaluation of social-cognitive interventions for psychiatric problems and problems of behavioral health. We use a variety of methods in our research, including behavioral experiments, functional neuroimaging and survey methods. Research typically focuses on childhood disorders associated with deficits in interpersonal functioning (conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, depression, emerging borderline personality disorder, emerging psychopathic traits) or reward processing (problem gambling, depression) as well as problems of behavioral health.

The lab is run by Dr. Carla Sharp. Funding sources have included the NIMH, the NIH Centers for AIDS Research, NARSAD, the South African Responsible Gambling Foundation, the American Psychoanalytic Association, UH Small Grants Program, UH GEAR program, and the Child and Family Program of the Menninger Clinic.

Lab News

  • August 2015: Dr. Sharp was promoted to Full Professor!
  • August 2015: A warm welcome to our new postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Amanda Palo.
  • August 2015: Congratulations to Allison for submitting her F31 grant proposal!
  • July 2015: Salome successfully proposed her masters' thesis. A big congrats!
  • July 2015: We welcome Cara as our new Research Coordinator I at the Adolescent Treatment Program at the Menninger Clinic.
  • July 2015: We are thrilled to have Julia on board as our new lab manager.
  • July 2015: Will received his license as a Psychological Associate from the TBSEP.
  • May 2015: Amanda was awarded the Baylor College of Medicine Psychology Internship award for her research!
  • May 2015: Carolyn presented at the Society of Biological Psychiatry conference in Toronto. Well done!
  • May 2015: Congratulations for completing the program, Drs. Amanda Venta and Tyson Reuter!
  • May 2015: Congrats Nic and Kaitlin on completing your Bachelor's at UH!!!
  • May 2015: Charles successfully defended his Masters' thesis. Well done!
  • May 2015: Robyn received a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) award!

Books Co-authored by Dr. Sharp

BPD Handbook
Social Congnition
Midbrain Mutiny