Texas Tech University

Faculty and Labs


Prevention and Intervention Lab

Research Interests: peer victimization; aggression; bullying; trauma; emotion regulation; parenting behavior; risk & protective factors; school-based mental health screening; prevention & intervention

Pediatric Health, Affect, and Biobehavioral Lab

Research Interests: interconnections between affect, related biobehavioral processes, and health in the daily lives of youths and young adults with or at-risk for chronic and complex medical conditions.

Andrew Littlefield, Ph.D.

Associate Professor; Admissions Coordinator
(806) 834-3746

Substance Use Disorders Studies (SUDS) Lab

Research Interests: developmental change in alcohol involvement as it relates to personality development, drinking motives, acquisition of adult roles, and genetic and environmental factors.

Suicide Risk and Prevention Research (SRPR) Lab

Research Interests: suicide risk and prevention among high-risk individuals.

Research Interests: the intersection of health, clinical, and social psychology, as well as immunology and microbiology, trying to uncover the psychological and biological mechanisms through which our social relationships affect our physical and psychological health and well-being.

Pathways to Resilient Youth Development (PRYDE) lab

Research Interests: understanding the interactions between cognitive abilities, neurobiology, and psychosocial environment on positive development, particularly among justice-involved youth and youth experiencing traumatic brain injuries.

GRILL (Grief and Responses to Illness into Late Life) Lab

Research Interests: psychological health in aging and illness, the interconnection of the biopsychosocial processes within individuals with life limiting illnesses (e.g., cancer; dementia) and their caregivers.

Jason Van Allen

Jason Van Allen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor; Director of Clinical Training; John G. Skelton Jr. Regents Professorship
(806) 834-7703

Examining Nutrition, Exercise, and Rest in Growing Youth (ENERGY) Lab

Research Interests: pediatric psychology, health psychology, positive psychology, obesity/weight-management interventions, physical activity promotion, and sleep medicine.

Tracking Risk over Time Lab (TRTL)

Research Interests: non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) and suicide, factors that increase risk for these problems across people, and intra-individual factors that contribute to short-term changes in self-harm risk in daily life.