Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
University of Colorado, Boulder
345 UCB, Muenzinger D321C
Boulder, CO 80309
June Gruber received her B.A. in Psychology and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from UC Berkeley, where she was an NIMH Predoctoral Fellow in Affective Science. Immediately after completing her Ph.D. in 2009, she was hired as an an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Yale University, and in 2014 relocated her laboratory to the University of Colorado Boulder where she is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience and Director of the Positive Emotion and Psychopathology Laboratory. Dr. Gruber has authored over 90 articles and chapters and co-edited the book Positive Emotion: Integrating the Light Sides and Dark Sides as well as the forthcoming book Positive Emotion and Psychopathology with Oxford University Press. She enjoys teaching and disseminating the study of emotion and psychopathology, and has directed the Experts in Emotion Interview Series, created an online course in Human Emotion available freely through YouTube and iTunes U, and given a TEDx talk on the “dark side” of happiness. Her work has been recognized by the Association for Psychological Science (APS) Rising Star Award, NARSAD Young Investigator Award, Association for Psychological Science (APS) Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions, and Yale University's Arthur Greer Memorial Prize for Outstanding Junior Faculty. Her work has been funded by the NIMH, NSF, and the Brain and Behavior Foundation (NARSAD), and has received media coverage from the BBC, NPR, New York Times, Huffington Post, Washington Post, Forbes, and Psychology Today. Dr. Gruber is also a licensed clinical psychologist.
Dr. Gruber's research focuses on positive emotion disturbances, or the delineating the ways in which positive emotion can go awry and towards developing an integrated clinical affective science model of positive emotion disturbance. Specific questions of interest include whether positive emotion -- in particular degrees, contexts, durations, or types -- be a predictor of maladaptive behavioral syndromes and relevant psychological-health outcomes. 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 health community samples of adults and adolescents to delineate the normative function of emotion. Work conducted in Dr. Gruber’s laboratory utilizes a multi-modal approach across experiential (e.g., self-report, narrative), behavioral (e.g., FACS, iEAR), and neurobiological (e.g., peripheral psychophysiology, neuroendocrine, EEG, and FMRI) levels of analysis.