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Developmental Psychopathology Lab



In our lab, we examine the social-cognitive basis of psychiatric disorders in youth, with a special focus on personality pathology and disorders of attachment. Our research falls most clearly under the domain of “social systems and processes” in the NIMH Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) initiative and focus on constructs such as understanding others, understanding self, and attachment. We work in Houston and in South Africa. Our research also includes a translational focus as we work towards the development of constructs and measures at multiple levels of analyses to facilitate the early identification and treatment of personality pathology and other problems related to attachment disruption. We use a variety of methods in our research, including behavioral experiments, functional neuroimaging and survey methods. Our overall goal is to help strengthen relationships, thereby strengthening communities.

The lab is run by Dr. Carla Sharp. Funding sources have included the NICHD, NIMH, NIAAA, the NIH Centers for AIDS Research, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, NARSAD, the South African Responsible Gambling Foundation, the American Psychoanalytic Association, UH Small Grants Program, UH GEAR program, and the McNair Family Foundation.

Lab News

    • August 2021: Congratulations to Hui Song for becoming our new Lab Manager!
    • August 2021: Congratulations to former lab manager, Samantha Annab, for graduating with a BS in Psychology and minors in Biology, Biochemistry, and Medicine and Society!
    • March 2021: Congratulations to Bree Cervantes, who will be joining our lab in the fall as a first-year graduate student!
    • January 2021: Congratulations to Nabeeha, who was featured on the UH Psi Chi Honor Society's monthly newsletter for her research accomplishments!

Books Co-authored by Dr. Sharp

BPD Handbook
Social Congnition
Midbrain Mutiny