Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
University of Colorado, Boulder
345 UCB, Muenzinger D321C
Boulder, CO 80309
June Gruber is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Director of the Positive Emotion and Psychopathology Laboratory. She received her B.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology from UC Berkeley, where she was an NIMH Predoctoral Fellow in Affective Science. Dr. Gruber was previously an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Yale University, and in 2014 moved to the University of Colorado Boulder. Dr. Gruber has authored over 70 articles and chapters and edited Positive Emotion: Integrating the Light Sides and Dark Sides. She enjoys teaching and disseminating the study of affective science, and towards this end has directed the Experts in Emotion Interview Series, created an online course in Human Emotion available freely through YouTube and iTunes U, and has given aTEDx on the “dark side” of happiness. Her work has been recognized by a Rising Star Award from the Association for Psychological Science, NARSAD Young Investigator Award, 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 outlets including 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 disturbance, 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.