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June Gruber, Ph.D

Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
University of Colorado, Boulder
345 UCB, Muenzinger D321C
Boulder, CO 80309
303-492-1136
june.gruber@colorado.edu

June Gruber received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and B.A. in Psychology from UC Berkeley, where she was an NIMH Predoctoral Fellow in Affective Science. After completing her Ph.D. in 2009, she began as an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Yale University, and in 2014 relocated to the University of Colorado Boulder. Dr. Gruber is a licensed clinical psychologist and has published over 90 articles and chapters and co-edited Positive Emotion: Integrating the Light Sides and Dark Sides and the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Positive Emotion and Psychopathology. Her work has been recognized by the Association for Psychological Science’s Rising Star Award and Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions, NARSAD Young Investigator Award, and Yale University's Arthur Greer Memorial Prize for Outstanding Junior Faculty. She has written science essays in Slate and Scientific American, and currently co-writes a column "Letters to Young Scientists" for Science Careers. Dr. Gruber 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. Dr. Gruber is currently the Interim Editor for Perspectives on Psychological Science.

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.