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June Gruber, Ph.D

Assistant Professor
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, and is also a licensed Clinical Psychologist. She began her faculty career as an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Yale University, and in 2014 moved to the University of Colorado Boulder. Dr. Gruber has authored over 70 journal articles and chapters and edited Positive Emotion: Integrating the Light Sides and Dark Sides. Dr. Gruber is the Director of the Experts in Emotion Interview Series and has a freely available Online Course in Human Emotion and iTunes U Course, as well as a TEDx talk on the dark side of happiness. Her work has been recognized by an 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 the BBC, NPR, New York Times, LA Times, Huffington Post, Boston Globe, Washington Post, Telegraph, Forbes, and Psychology Today.

Dr. Gruber's research focuses on positive emotion disturbance, or the ways in which positive emotion can go awry and towards developing an integrated model of positive emotion function and dysfunction using the theoretical lens and methodological tools of affective and clinical science science. Specific questions of interest include whether positive emotion -- in particular degrees, contexts, or types -- be a predictor of maladaptive psychological-health outcomes? Such questions are examined both in clinical populations characterized by disturbed positive emotion and healthy populations to understand the normative function of emotion, and are assessed emotion using a multi-modal approach across experiential (e.g., self-report, narrative), behavioral (e.g., FACS), and biological (e.g., psychophysiology, neural [EEG/fMRI], neuroendocrine) levels of analysis.